Filled with mystery, humor, and suspense, and brought to life in rich 3D-animation, AR-K is a point-and-click story game with a twist
User reviews: Very Positive (81 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 21, 2014

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December 29, 2014

Exam fix

The last week we fixed the bug that make Alicia lost the cheat sheet during the exam scene.

With the last patch we add a fix for the people that are stuck in that scene because they played before the patch. If you clicked in the "Studious Girl" (under Alicia) you'll have the cheat sheet again in your inventory.



Best!

Sergio

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December 22, 2014

Resolution patch!

Hi!

The last patch should fix all the aspect ratio problems of the game!

Please, if you have any problem remember that you can add me to your friend list to receive a personal support:

http://steamcommunity.com/id/SprietoGato

Best!

Sergio

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About This Game

AR-K is a classical point and click adventure with an updated twist.

Alicia Van Volish is a former cop and current journalism student who wakes up after a one-night stand with a terrible hangover and a lot of questions: How much did she drink? Did she really take that guy home with her? What was his name? And what, exactly, is the Golden Sphere, the mysterious object that seems the source of all Alicia’s woes?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Atom
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3300 MB available space
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Be aware that so far only 2 episodes out of 4 are available. The 3rd episode is supposed to be released in January 2015 & the 4th about June 2015.

I should start with the fact that initially i gave this game a negative review. AR-K was a total mess at launch; there were lots of glitches & bugs...BUT it changed a lot since then. All the bugs were fixed (at least the ones i've encountered), steam interface now works as well, and all the glitched achievements were also fixed, i tested them all myself. Lastly, starting episode 2, a very cool feature was added - the narrator, which can give you clues on certain items. I was finally able to play both episodes from the start to the end without any problem.

AR-K is an episodic point-and-click adventure with some very challenging puzzles, and has a very intriguing story which will keep you wanting more with every step you advance through the game. There are also a lot of funny moments which made me laugh out loud several time. One of the game's best feature is the voice acting. Simply outstanding, especially the main character. Overall, its a very enjoyable game. The only con left from my point of view is the resolution, which is 1280x768, and there is no option to change it from the launcher, it looks good enough in window mode, but if you choose to play in full screen - it will not scale up correctly and you'll also get a blurred picture as a bonus. However, the developer said, and i quote : "The next two episodes will be made in 1920x1080".

Let's hope the next two episodes will be properly tested before released, so that players don't have to experience again similar problems, but so far AR-K is worthy of your time, and definitely deserves the attention of all classic point-and-click adventure players.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I felt compelled to write a review about this game because I have such mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I think the story is wonderful--very unique and interesting with really good voice over work, especially for a kickstarter funded project. On the other hand, this game is so full of bugs that it is barely playable. I have just encountered a game-ruining bug in Chapter 2 that is going to require a complete restart. (Bugs are a really big problem because there is no way to save manually, the game just saves continuously so the only options are "start at the beginning" or "continue.") I just hope the developers will take the time to patch this game or find a way to remedy the bugs that ruin the plot because I think it has potential to be awesome. I'm going to give this a thumbs up because that's how hopeful I am. :)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
ARK is an episodic point and click adventure quest. Game tries to revive that old quests genre charm. Adventure of the game set on a space station inhabited by humans and aliens alike. It’s the age of interstellar travel. The world itself is also fascinating filled with all sorts of technology and aliens of different species which is very appealing to me since I’m a big fan of sci-fi genre. The result is certainly very smooth and polished presentation of the setting and the characters. Great audio, with the voice of the protagonist Alicia voice being amazing and hot. In the role of this beautiful girl of the future we live on a giant space station called AR-K, moving within the AR-K, talking to citizens, solving puzzles and of course party hard. She is in college training to be a journalist after being expelled from the police force because of a mysterious sphere was found in her possession. Like most good democracies everyone freaks out about this and she is disgraced and forced to leave the profession she loves, by being charged with a crime of stealing that sphere device. Game starts with Alicia finding herself waking up after a night of wild party and a wicked hangover. From here it is up to you to uncover the conspiracy surrounding the sphere and what it has to do with you. Story can sometimes surprise and amaze you with outcome of your actions and dialogues maintain a healthy dose of sarcasm and often of craziness. My wife and I really enjoyed playing it together, episode one was her favorite, though I liked them all the same.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Good developer! Giveaway game to promote a their game:D
i like the picture, story but not the gameplay. should have added keyboard controls instead of just mouse clicking, confused me when i played it, however the picture of this game is quite good, and great storyline.
Developer should start this game from alpha (early-access) like the other games, where developer can change the game whenever they want. I still recommend you play this game if you like puzzle games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Kickstarted this. Played both available episodes. This review initially did not recommend the game because of frustrating bugs. Shortly after posting it Sergio Prieto contacted me and fixed them within an hour and a half on a Sunday morning.

+ Fantastic customer support. Seriously, wow.

+ The chains of logic are mostly reasonable so "adventure game logic" isn't too bad.

+ The voice acting for Alicia (from Ash Sroka, Tali Zorah's VA) is really, really good. It stands out above the rest of the cast, especially Episode 2's wildly inconsistent Narrator. No one in the cast is awful, just uneven in quality. Blaine and Nuno's VA are pretty good too.

+/- The writing is uneven. Way too quick to break the fourth wall, characters jump from emotional state to another, the Narrator doesn't have a consistent dynamic with Alicia. It is also genuinely, laugh-out-loud funny at times.

+/- Visually it is not good. It communicates what it needs to visually and cartoonish enough to Not Awful, but still not good.

- The UI is awful. Example: First episode has 3 different sodas to use. Once collected there's no text identifying them in the menu. Just three nearly-identical items with disparate uses.

- The UI is weird. Dialogue topics in the menu are treated like items that you give to NPCs. It is a weird choice, like it was made to circumvent some problem with big dialogue trees. Ambar is both an NPC and an item in your inventory in Episode 1, which is also weird.

- As stated before: Buggy.

"It's okay for an indie point-and-click adventure game" sounds like damning with faint praise, but I'm okay with the result and looking forward to future episodes. I recommend it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
*EDITED AND UPDATED 09 November 2014*

This review covers the updated builds of Chapters 1 and 2 of AR-K.

There was much to like and dislike about the original builds of AR-K, and I'm happy to see that the team at Gato Salvaje is committed to fixing their game while doing their best to finish Alicia's journey. When I played it the first time, I couldn't overlook the gamebreaking bugs I found as well as some minor annoyances that cropped up here and there which hampered a quality adventure experience.

What hasn't changed from the past builds is Greg Rucka's solid writing. While I think he was brought in at the end of the development of Chapter 1 and had to work with what he had, he does a good job at imbuing the various characters in Alicia's world with mostly believable dialogue. Alicia's voice actor, Ash Sroka, aka Tali from Mass Effect, still is the best of the bunch at making Alicia a prickly character but one I can follow for this adventure. The other voice actors are serviceable, although I noticed that their audio levels in Chapter 2 seemed louder in a few places, like Mr. Wallruss in the diner.

While the design of the game feels odd to me still, complete with some puzzles I think that could use some better hints, I'm happy to see that Gato Salvaje has started adding in descriptors for items in your inventory. Unfortunately not all items have them and I hope that they continue to add in good, solid description for items that, on first glance, you might be clueless as to what they are or where they came from.

Tonally the game is all over the place, but after at least three playthroughs now I'm used to its strangeness of being serious and ridiculous at the same time. Chapter 2 introduces a narrator that only Alicia can hear, and it's that coupled with its odd fourth-wall-breaking insistences that it knows it's an adventure game that make the story move at a weird pace. It feels a little like a game from the early years of Pendulo Studios, where you couldn't decide just with what tone their games wanted to run. There are still a number of typos to be found in the game's text but nothing so bad that a player can't follow along with the story.

Now for the bug fixes; I still found some but the good news is I think they caught all the ones that were game breaking in the first two chapters. I hope this experience will bear through repeated playtests as well as going forward into Chapters 3 and 4. Also the horrendous audio pops that seemed to manifest after playing the game for extended periods was gone, which made playing the game much better. Alicia herself responded much faster I felt while clicking around the screen, moreso in Chapter 1 than 2, and her walk animation ran more smoothly. It was not game breaking but there were a few instances of characters being replaced with bright pink rectangles in Chapter 2, namely the robot butler in the apartment later in the game and also the professor in the test room after he's been distracted.

AR-K is a strange game; It feels like a first time adventure title from a studio that wanted to break the mold when it came to how you interface with the game and organize your inventory, much like how Resonance from Wadjet Eye Games more slickly let you put research topics into your 'memory inventory'. While the first two chapters showcase a studio that's still finding their feet and their voice, I am happy to see them take responsibility for AR-K's faults and do their best to fix them. I'm not expecting them to fix any strange design issues; Deadly Premonition in its original form was a beautiful mess of game design that somehow worked, but most importantly it ran without any major bugs that glitched out the gameplay. I'm willing to forgive AR-K's design shortcomings if they're able to keep up with tackling any flaws that keep cropping up during the game's lifecycle.

And for what Steam Achievements I found, they fixed! I'm currently unaware of how to get some of the achievements, but I suspect some may still be bugged, such as doing Chapter 2 in one sitting. The story progression achievements are working now, which is fantastic.

The length is decent for its price point. I think they could have bumped it up a little bit to make it fair when the studio gets chapters 3 and 4 out, but the price is enough for people to try it if they're curious for a new adventure game.

Is this game worth it for $9.99? I'd say yes. It doesn't have Chapters 3 and 4 yet, but they are much more stable. Just be prepared while playing that you may run into some rough edges, but that doesn't stop it from being charming.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
Enjoyable despite flaws

AR-K is a game developer's dream, finally Kickstarted into reality. But like many, there are some painful compromises. The game itself is a solid, enjoyable — at times, hilarious — point-and-click adventure game in the modern style, there are several issues that linger. Despite those issues however, I player through Chapter 1 in about an hour, and had fun.

Most glaringly, localization is an issue. Name structure and voice acting is inconsistent. On the other hand, the game is fully voiced — the player dialogue choices being the only exception. Also, some items don't update correctly, and require a restart. Some FMVs didn't end correctly and required a prompt.

As of Chapter 1, the logic puzzles are fairly starightforward, with small inventories reducing the need for much trial combining, which reduces a lot of the frustration. Alicia is snarky, and a moderately believable young adult protagonist, although she does suffer from Adventure Game Hero Syndrome — for an ex-cop, you sure commit a lot of misdemeanors!

If you liked The Longest Journey, or Deponia you'll probably like this. Here's hoping the rest of the episodes will be released, and as good.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
AR-K - A point-and-click adventure
- Graphics: the graphics requiring getting used to but are not bad and I like that style. (see pictures above)
- Sound: There is no real background music, only in a few screens there are some background sounds like the tweet of birds. But I like the voices.
- Language: This game only supports English language AFAIK. But the language is not too difficult, and you have subtitles, so for me as not a native English speaker it was easy to understand.
- Story: I like the story as far as I am.
- Traveling: You can get fast from one screen to the next with only very short loading times, and you only need a few screens at the beginning, so you can get really fast from one “end” to the other “end”.
- Difficulty: Very Hard. There no really much hints. That you can control the dog gives you more opportunities, but that’s not really advantageous. After half an hour I needed to look into a walkthrough to get further.

Over all I can suggest this game if you like point-and-click adventures and like to solve difficult puzzles.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
As much as i dislike this new trend in episodic games, this one i kind of liked.
-It starts kinda slow and lacks an hint option, i got stuck on some puzzles there i must admit.
-the graphics and 3D models aren't that great, the animations are weird and could use some more improvement.
-I've encountered a few bugs here and there, like one line of dialogue that didn't have voice acting and some minor translation problems.
I know i listed mainly bad things about it but i enjoyed it despite those problems, if they get fixed in future episodes i might even consider buying them.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
The developer was kind enough to offer some game copies to giveaway winners. I managed to win one of those copies. This game is a great point and click game with a nice story and decent graphics. The voice acting is alright, main character could get kind of annoying afterwhile though. This game shows great promise in the next episodes. I must know what the orb is!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
tl;dr -> Watch the fall of the best potential candidate for the (futuristic) police force into a life of thievery, deceit, manipulation, petty vandalism, and other criminal acts - but beware of distraction in the form of the heroine's shapely ♥♥♥. Oh, wait, she's a journalist? Okay, all those behaviours can be excused. 11/10 for realistic characters and a Harry Potter-style purse that can hold literally everything.

I got AR-K gifted to me by a good, generous friend who loves to give me games to review. I've played my large share of point-and-clickers, and I have to say, AR-K is easily one of the best I've encountered. The pacing, puzzle difficulty, humor, and writing are all very well-done. The game appears to be a set of episodes, and there are currently 2 available to play at the time of writing this review.

If you like point-and-clickers, a futuristic setting, good humor, and charming dialogue, then you will really enjoy this game. Fans of the genre must give this a try.

The aesthetics are nice - the artsyle is good and the amount of detail in the textures is well-done. You definitely will not have to worry about the game being graphic-intensive. I have to admit, I am a pervert, and I found the main character's ♥♥♥ a bit distracting at times (but that's just me). The music and sounds are very good, and combine with the excellent voice acting to give you a fun, refreshing gameplay experience. Sometimes, I can find myself getting a bit annoyed at voice acting for videogames - especially point-and-clickers - however, the voice acting in AR-K (especially for the heroine) is great. You have the option of skipping through dialogue if you wish. The cutscenes are also nice, and are never too long or dull.

As a point-and-clicker, the controls are fairly simple, however, there is no in-game tutorial (there is only a 2-page screen with an overview of the inventory system) - so you will want to check out how to properly use the inventory management system. I've seen a few threads on the steam forums asking about how to combine/use items, so don't be too alarmed if you are confused in the beginning - it takes some getting used to, but becomes easier once you understand how it works. The learning curve is minimal to moderate depending on your experience with point-and-clickers. I must admit, a few of the puzzles and item combinations were not necessarily intuitive at first, and a lot of trial and error may be common in your playthrough.

In the forums, I saw a comment by the developer mentioning that the game can take around 8 hours (I am assuming for the 2 episodes, unless I misinterpreted), however, I think playthroughs for the average gamer will realistically take a maximum of 5 hours, assuming you are having a lot of difficulty with the puzzles and are also reading every single dialogue piece multiple times. The two episodes have a fair amount of puzzles and content, and I look forward to the next instalments.

During gameplay, you will have to do A LOT of item combinations, both within your inventory and in the game world. I enjoyed all of the item pickup cutscenes, especially since the heroine's bag appears to be able to hold an infinite amount of objects (of any size and shape). Another interesting element that I really liked is the questioning system - in your inventory screen you can also drag and drop character portraits for people you've met onto other characters in order to ask about them. A lot of the dialogue is witty and well-written. The heroine also has a dirty mouth, and there is a nice change/addition in the second episode. I strongly suggest playing in order.

IMPORTANT! Please be advised, you must be very careful when reloading a saved game - if you accidentally pick "New Game," it will most likely delete your save. You must also be careful when exiting your game - I had to replay from the beginning because my progress wasn't saved properly.

Overall, I strongly suggest that any point-and-click enthusiasts check out this game. It is also very user-friendly and welcoming to newbies to the genre. Give it a try!

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
Changing my review since the last update. The bugs that I had playing the game have been resolved and achievements seem to be working. The game is very pleasing to the eye, with well-rendered cartoon-like characters and an interesting world in which to explore. The voice acting is well-done, though there are a few instances where the subtitles don't match up, which is a little strange because they are mandatory. For future episodes, I would like to see the puzzles telegraphed a little better, since there were a few times where you had to take the try-everything-with-everything approach. The ending of ep. 2 sets up a nice cliffhanger, where you want to see where the story goes next. Props to the developers for taking the time to listen to players and doing everything they can to make them happy. Bring on Ch. 3!

PREVIOUS REVIEW: Until this game receives some MAJOR bug fixes, I cannot recommend it. It is probably somewhat telling that 0% of ALL the people who have played this have gotten the "complete episode 1" AND "complete episode 2" achievements! I have run into multiple bugs in both episodes and so am unable to finish the game. The funny thing is, I played the first installment before it was on steam and did not have this happen. It's great to have Steam achievements and trading cards, but if you cannot play the damn game to completion, it means nothing! Don't even get me started on the screen resolution problem...
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
This is a highly addictive game where you can spend hours trying to unleash all the secrets well preserved within a fabulous story telling.

The studio have gone the extra mile using a very colloquial and extense language to really immerse you and create affinity with the characters.

The graphics are pretty good too while the rythm and flow of the game is perfect as well.

I´m awaiting for the next chapter already!!!
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
It's a pity to see how a game with potential gets ruined by the story designer.

Pros:
- the game looks good, although there are a few peoblems with the animation
- it's got a decent length for the price
- potentially interesting story

Cons
- boring gameplay. Chapter 1 is really bad, Chapter 2 improves a little, but...
- absurd, annoying puzzles (ex: how you get the information for the chat sheet, the CINCO letters, the way you use the mouse to scare Nuno - there is no crack in that door!!!)

Actually, the story would be acceptable, but the puzzles take out all the fun. They generally feel artificial and do little to improve the gameplay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
This honestly was a nice little game. It forces you to use your brain not only to figure out how to solve a puzzle but also kinda think about what you may have to do later on to go further on. I am not gonna lie, some of the puzzles and questioning that you do to some of the characters can be dificult at some times. Missing one little clue or not seeing one little thing can mean you being stuck for hours :P (im joking about that) You can get stuck on what to do and sometimes the hint isnt always there so it makes it that much more challenging for a point and click.

I would indeed reccomend this game again if you are a great thinker and like to investigate or use your mind a lot more than youd think for a normal game. Another thing that made it interesting was the dialogue. It has its funny parts and can definitely make things seem a lot more fun in the game.


Over all I'd gave this game an 8 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
This game is a point and click game which is pretty good for people who love this kind of game. It has 2 episode out of 4 which is in progress.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
Editing my review for now - developer is lovely, highly interested in communication, I haven't had a chance to return but will update more then.

As from first - lovely point and click, interesting plot, quirky characters, really loved it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
nice game :)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This is a fun, challenging game that makes you think outside of the box, and outside of the ball.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This is a sweet, charming point and click game. There are bugs, but they are being worked out. Perfect for young girls, and people who just need a break from the relentless fps bloody grind
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