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: Mixed (237 reviews) - 62% of the 237 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 21, 2014

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"If you are a fan of the Monkey Island Series, you might want to give AR-K a try! It's a hillarious Point and Click Adventure game set in the future!"
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July 17

New launcher and great deals!

Now, you can access to AR-K: The Great Escape with the first AR-K launcher.

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July 15

73% OFF on AR-K: The Great Escape

We want to say a big "THANK YOU" to all the users who support us in the first game.
For this reason, we offer AR-K: The Great Escape 73% OFF during the first week. (10% discount release + 63% if you own the game)

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About This Game

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

IMPORTANT:This pack includes episodes 1 and 2 of AR-K
  • AR-K: Gone With The Sphere
  • AR-K: The Girl Who Wasn't There

Episode 3 is now available on Steam!
AR-K: The Great Escape

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

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Atom
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 3300 MB available space
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 3300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
There are adventure games with solutions to puzzles you only understand after seeing how your combining everything with everything turns out,,, in this game you're even clueless about it after you see what happens.
This is a horrible abomination of an adventure game with a story that even after two episodes can be summarized in one short sentence.
The only positive aspect is the animation that makes it seem like this is worth money.
It's not.

If you're having a big urge right now to play an adventure of a developer you don't know, browse the genre, close your eyes and buy whatever you click on. It will be better (as long as you weren't really unlucky and clicked on this one).
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Every game has it's flaws; well, most of them do anyway. This game definitely isn't an exception. The big one is this: some of these puzzles are just not at all intuitive; and if you absolutely refuse to use any guide then you might end up walking away from the game in frustration. I'd definitely wish the game was a little better about the puzzles' being intuitive.

In episode 1, it's that clues are really vague and don't really tell you what you need to know... In episode two, some of the puzzle solutions are even less intuitive, but the developer thought it could solve that by adding a narrator. You can ask the narrator to comment on quests or items, but in some cases he'll have nothing to say and in others it kind of remains vague. What's worse though; "asking the narrator" takes you out of the flow of the game, it's not fun and it's the wrong solution for the problem of the first episode.

So, that's the big problem with this game... But despite that I still recommend it. Why? Well, the game has a ton of "charm". I really like the visual style, the voice actors/actresses are good, the game has a really good sense of humor, the characters are fun and all different, it has funny references and the short videos are well placed, humorous and don't take too long.

Heck, you know what? In a lot of aspects, this game reminds me of Day of the Tentacle. If you're not familiar with that game, it's one of the best classic games in this genre. The fact that this game (AR-K) reminds me of DOTT I think is indicative of the great atmosphere this game creates with it's scenes and characters.

I might not recommend this game if it were an expensive game; but let's be honest. The game is cheap enough that, even if you don't like it, it doesn't hurt the wallet too much. Personally though? I really enjoyed / enjoy this game (am currently playing through episode 3).
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I received codes to review this game, however I was not paid for this review.

To say that I cannot recommend AR-K does not mean that I think it is a horrible game. The game looks great and the script is pretty smart and clever. The voice acting is great. However, the episodes waste too much time on their individual themes. Episode one's primary focus is showing what a horrible person the heroine is. More on her character later. An entire episode is not needed to flesh out one character. The second episode is a slow investigation that prepares the player for the action they have been waiting for, which takes place in Episode 3, sold separately. In my opinion, the wait is way too long.
I have been playing point and click games for a very long time, and I have not seen such ridiculous puzzles since the 90's. Episode 1 wasn't too bad, but Episode 2 was full of puzzles that didn't make sense. Unless you use a walkthrough, prepare to do lots of trial and error item combinations.
My biggest problem is the heroine. I find her to be a rude, immoral, and an arrogant individual. In the beginning of the game, we learn she wants to be an officer, like her father. While in training at the academy, she is falsely accused of a crime. She is given the choice to either fight and defend her innocence or leave in disgrace. She decides to shame her family and not fight for her innocence. So she's got no backbone. She then goes to journalism school and tries to drown out the past with partying and one night stands, until she sleeps with the stranger that brings the events of this game into play. I'm sorry, but I can't stand this kind of heroine. Maybe this game will prove to be a kind of redemption story, but she's got a long way to go. Maybe the game developers are trying to show a more "real" person, but I just find her distasteful. I can't relate to her, and that to me is a big negative when you can't connect or care about the character. I will continue to play Episode 3 for completion sake, but it better be worth the two episodes I have played already.

UPDATE: I have recently finished Episode 3. Click here to read my review
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I won this game on Steamgifts, during a massive giveaway by the developers. I never regretted to have activated that key. Though the first chapter could have been... something that would have triggered a negative review.

You're Alicia, a young student in journalism, once a promising police officer, framed for something she didn't do. Being detested by her teacher but appreciated by her friends, loved by her dog, Alicia will be confronted to her nightmare: the sphere that ended her career... and when you think that she just wanted to make sure that she wouldn't be failing her year...

In the second chapter, Alicia is slowly uncovering the truth about her boyfriend of the day, one company that seems to hide something, without forgetting the police that is perhaps involved (at least, the higher-ups).

The game is a standard point-&-click, you discuss, you take items, you combine them, you try to trick people, you use your dog as a sidekick and... well, you hack terminals. The only problem stands in the difficulty of using the inventory (don't ask me why I got a serious problem to take stuff out of the bag or to combine them) or at one moment, during the second chapter, to get an item.

But the first chapter depicted a heroin that seemed to have a big ego, like she was a snob, so sure of herself. The second chapter shows someone more humble and caring. I couldn't relate to her in the first chapter, as her ego wasn't even comical.

The graphics are good, colorful but the cinematics are for me, a little more greyish. The soundtrack is good too.

There is a problem with the achievements: the one with the jokes was a mystery for everyone as people unlocked it without knowing why it has triggered after many many tries, however, someone found the right procedure, but it took months. To find how an achievement works, you don't have to look into the code of the save file. That's what happened here.

Anyway, I find 10 bucks perhaps a little high for the game, though the second chapter is saving game. Now, it's up to me to do the Great Escape, which is the third chapter and the famous achievement of idling during 8 hours ingame, without exiting. Developers and their crazy ideas of achievement....
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Short version: 68%
AR-K is a game made with lots of love but little skill. There is potential in the story and the setting– the struggles of an attractive investigative journalist student in a utopian space society–, it’s just these two episodes couldn’t use this potential too much.

Long version:
AR-K is a game made with love. Sadly that is all that was used in the creation of it since the technical implementation is… well…

First, the good:
  • The dialogues are great. It shows that Greg Rucka, an acclaimed writer lent a hand with them.
  • The voice acting is superb, especially on the protagonist, Alicia.
Now, the bad:
  • The visuals. Playing AR-K is like travelling 20 years back in time. It is like those very badly animated full-CGI 3D shows of the early 90s with a very Barbie-like distorted character design.
  • Alicia’s character. She is so sassy and snarky that she almost cracks the monitor. She also likes to shove her sexuality (and her gigantic boobs) in everyone’s face.
  • The plot. It takes us a whole episode to even learn where this story is taking place. And by the end of Episode 2 all we have is a McGuffin, but no clue on what this story is supposed to be about.
  • The puzzles. Partly because the interface is horrid, partly because the tame adventure game logic escalates to Gabriel Knight 3 levels of insanity.

I want to give this game a better score. I love AR-K so far. The enthusiasm of the creators is radiating through the screen. But they really need to hire an actual game designer to make this work.
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