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
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Release Date: Jul 21, 2014

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April 15

BULLSHOT RELEASE! EXCLUSIVE 66% LOYALTY DISCOUNT AR-K USERS

Hello, buddies!

Since this Thursday we have a new member in Gato Salvaje’s family, a shoot ‘em up game called BULLSHOT, which is an AR-K spin-off, came to light. We are gonna celebrate it with a very special and limited time offer only for the ones who already have the old AR-K episodes.



BULLSHOT, is a run ‘n gun retro game where you’ll have to help our friend “Franky the bull”, one of the main characters of AR-K, to annihilate hordes of Cardesians, robots, zombies and many other enemies.



So, this is the deal, if you have the old AR-K installments, then you're about to receive an EXCLUSIVE 66% LOYALTY DISCOUNT for AR-K: The Great Escape.

Since we don’t use to release new games very often, this is probably the best chance you’ll get to catch AR-K: The Great Escape in a long time.

If that’s not enough, we remind you that AR-K: The Great Escape was one of the most interesting adventure games released in 2015 according to the critics, ranked within the Metacritic Top 100 PC games for 2015.

Don't forget this loyalty discount expires in 7 days, so move fast!!

Kindly,
Gato Salvaje Studio

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February 3

JANUARY 2016 UPDATE: AWARDS, PLANS AND LOYALTY DISCOUNT!

Hey buddies! We have a bunch of good news for you.

Let us say 2015 was a fine year for AR-K! At the same time we are about to reach the milestone of 100.000 units distributed, the third installment of the AR-K saga “The Great Escape” received really good critics, which placed it among the top PC games at Metacritic site. Even more, “AR-K: THE GREAT ESCAPE” was awarded as “GAME OF THE YEAR” and “PC GAME OF THE YEAR” among the spanish videogames released in 2015 by specialist site DeVuego, and nominee for the best screenplay at Granada Gaming Fest.

For those reasons we would like to give all the 1st and 2nd AR-K installment gamers a SPECIAL LOYALTY DISCOUNT in order to thank your trust with us and check all the improvements that made “AR-K: The Great Escape” as one of the most interesting adventure games released in 2015.

Last but not least, we wanna let you know that we are currently working in the 4th and final AR-K episode, to be released by this spring. And after that we have plans to remodel and improve AR-K 1st and 2nd episodes with better graphic assets, gameplay and almost all the improvements from the third installment. Of course this will be free for all AR-K users! ;)

Best wishes,
Gato Salvaje

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Atom
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 3300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 3300 MB available space
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Yella 🎓
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
AR-K is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has trading cards
- it is point & click
- it has adventure
- it has a female protagonist

Enjoy!
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overwatch ruins lives
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
An alright point and click adventure game with adult themes. Nothing amazing. Voice acting is fine. Breaks the 4th wall a lot so if you aren't a fan of that and need the immersion then don't pick this up. Also if it bothers you that the character u play as is a very very horrible person then also don't pick this up. (ie, forcefeeding roommate vomit, sleeping with a rich guy just to steal stuff from his apartment, etc)
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KNIGHTHOOD
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Even though it has some little issues with its UI and controls (it just feels impractil and doesn't always do, what you want it to), I would recommend to pick this one up, when it is on sale.
The story is entertaining, the graphics look fine and the style fits the game very well.
The puzzles are not always logical, but hey, it's a point and click adventure, what did you expect? :P

7/10
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Nocturnal Stalker
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
This modern take on classic point-and-click adventure, developed by Spanish studio Gato Salvaje, is able to make you spend some quite entertaining hours.
The story is a fundemental thing for any good adventure game. The one you find unfolding as you play AR-K may not be the most original or complex, but definitely an interesting one. It also has a nice little touch of humour to it that, while will not make you roll on the floor laughing, still will give you some smiles.
Another important ingredient is memorable characters. While the main character seems more like a typical adventure protagonist, there are still some characters worthy of attention, like her manic depressive roommate, nasty alien ticket vendor or a politician that only uses streamlined phrases.
The music and the voice-over are nice, but nothing special. Still, the actors do their jobs well.
The only real downside is the interface that is not very comfortable and gets some getting used to. I highly reccommend you to choose "How to Play" in the menu before starting the game.
All in all, AR-K is a very nice game. Though, nowadays the point-and-click adventure lovers suffer not from the scarceness of good games, it still deserves its place in your collection.
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EpicPacman
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
It is pretty hard and sometimes unclear what to do, but the story is fun and if you have a guide that you use whenever you get stuck for too long it is a fun game.
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LewdGeek©
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
I can't ♥♥♥♥ing start the game after I go talk to the professor I have try everything and I am not able to continue and when you block at the beginning of a game this is because this game is bad as ♥♥♥♥♥ and that it.
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Arneb
( 46.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
I don't really know how to explain how I feel about this game. Though straight from the beginning it isn't being much of a fun ride but I do plan to finish it since I sadly spent money on this thing.

I'll probably amend this later with better written out information but I just had to make sure I remember how much I disliked this game over all.

The characters are not fun, the hero is terrible, disgusting, abusive, but let's forget that. The main thing that bothered me was voice acting, character design [how does the hero even work? She doesn't even stand like a human], and the terrible programming of the game itself.

I don't know if I am the only one with the issues but the game itself has a lot of glitches I experience. The tutorial little help section didn't even load. It doesn't actually tell you how to work things otherwise. The character will walk in cycles for some time before they actually transition to the next screen. I don't even remember what I was having issues with yesterday.
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Kitty
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
Couldn't get past the Pixar-like graphics but with the party girl storyline. Ugh.
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~Wynter~
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
Terrible puzzle "logic" coupled with a horribad UI, and then throw a dash of typos into buggy subtitles... The colors are colorful, at least. If you like female protagonists who are so "sassy" as to almost be mean, you'll probably enjoy this -- but only if you play it with a walkthrough because of the terrible "logic" employed by the creators of the game. I would recommend ONLY buying this when it's on sale, and even then only if it's 75% off, or more.

(note: I only got it because I had a bunch of money in my steam account from selling trading cards, and I like point-and-click style games, and it was heavily discounted on sale.)
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One Man and his Droid
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
...I have this in my mobile (so I may end up playing more on that) - but as a point-and-click adventure it looks to have a good sense of humour (if slightly cliched) - and the graphics do look like they're from the 90s... but normally with adventure games it's more about the story / writing / puzzles... and from what I saw I would recommend it!
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1stCheater
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
Its not finished yet. So many bugs. Or developer will fix the game, or I'll delete it
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Mooz
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
I nice throwback to old adventure games. Complete with subtle references to the Indiana Jones games and more (loving the TK-421 train label)
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ollie_LOL_King
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
It is Boring and extremely easy with one or two parts that were hard. I F****** hate this game.
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Black Wo Shooter
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
Main character wont let me take her to the toliet.
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Lythe
( 38.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 10
There's a character in AR-K who force-feeds her roommate vomit, sics her large dog on the same depressed roomie while he's perched on a second story window so that he falls, sleeps with a guy in order to ransack his apartment and kill his pets, and tricks her friend into getting arrested. The villain, you say? Actually, no. It's the protagonist.
Another reviewer described the main character, Alicia Von Volish, as unrelatable, but for me it's worse than that. She is manipulative, narcissistic, destructive, petty, condescending, smug, crass, and cruel. The protagonist is a monster.
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Cartun丶
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 9
This is a horrible abomination of an adventure game with a story that even after two episodes can be summarized in one short sentence.
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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Nyx
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
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Streki
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
I find the game a bit confusing, I never knew what to do next, although the story was pretty good.
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Lucasones
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2015
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pasystemplays
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
AR-K just feels... stale...

It tries to recapture the magic of old school adventure games, but it ultimately just seems to recapture the frustration...

Puzzles are often nonsensical, and progression grinds to a halt when you run around the same four screens over and over again trying to figure out what to do! For instance, early in the game, you're supposed to pour a soda down a street grate in order to make it explode, and an angry neighbor will throw a wine bottle at you. WHAT?!? There was one line of dialogue about the soda being volatile, but why would I even, and wuhh... ? :| Even worse, one of the early gating puzzles has you find three objects to make a miracle hangover cure, but it turns out, without any prompting from the NPC making the cure, that you need FOUR OBJECTS! FUuuuuuddge monkey man...

To top it off, the protagonist is generally unlikable. I think she's supposed seem snarky, independent, and competent, but she usually just comes across as rude and arrogant. One example: The plot introduces the fact that she was an ace pupil but ended up being booted from the police academy after she was found in possession of a plot mcguffin. When a local police-man says something along the lines of, "gee, it was a bummer you got kicked from the force, you were a star pupil!" She basically turns around and says, "Ugh. If one person can read in a sea of illiterates does that make them a queen?" Her attempt and "humor" just serves to alienate her to the audience, and disconnect her from the events of the story, events that are happening to HER!

The other NPC's aren't much better. There's an underdeveloped minotaur bar-keeper, he's nice I guess, a pretentious and petty professor, a roommate who's manic depression is often the subject of derisive jokes... classy... a racist alien, an alcoholic desk assistant, a guy who's only defining characteristic is that he likes the protagonists buzongas, an inept cop, and... a dog... that's everyone I could remember from the point I played up to... yikes...

It isn't all bad news, however. From what I hear, the later episodes of the game (as in past episode 1) were more well received, so if the concept or visual style of the game look interesting at all to you I would check out those and skip 1, because to me at least, it isn't worth slogging through.

EDIT: Upon closer inspection I'm not sure if it's possible to jump to later chapters in the game without playing through them... that's... unfortunate...

Overall:

Pros:
+Passable sounds and visuals
+Nostalgic adventure game setup
+The later installments might be better?
+The one joke about the desk in the beginning was funny kind of...

Cons:
-Janky facial animations and cutscenes
-Unlikable main character and cast
-Nonsensical puzzles
-Making fun of the mentally impaired
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
AR-K is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has trading cards
- it is point & click
- it has adventure
- it has a female protagonist

Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
An alright point and click adventure game with adult themes. Nothing amazing. Voice acting is fine. Breaks the 4th wall a lot so if you aren't a fan of that and need the immersion then don't pick this up. Also if it bothers you that the character u play as is a very very horrible person then also don't pick this up. (ie, forcefeeding roommate vomit, sleeping with a rich guy just to steal stuff from his apartment, etc)
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48 of 59 people (81%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
38.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
There's a character in AR-K who force-feeds her roommate vomit, sics her large dog on the same depressed roomie while he's perched on a second story window so that he falls, sleeps with a guy in order to ransack his apartment and kill his pets, and tricks her friend into getting arrested. The villain, you say? Actually, no. It's the protagonist.
Another reviewer described the main character, Alicia Von Volish, as unrelatable, but for me it's worse than that. She is manipulative, narcissistic, destructive, petty, condescending, smug, crass, and cruel. The protagonist is a monster.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
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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24 of 42 people (57%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
I've seen some write ups suggesting this gets better after episode 1, but I'm not going to find out, since playing all the way through episode 1 isn't going to happen. Can't think of a more vile main character in an adventure game offhand.
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189 of 227 people (83%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2015
There are two types of games I really hate to review: criminally mediocre games that you can't really say anything interesting about and games like AR-K, a game that has a lot of heart, but is like a busload of burning orphans careening off a cliff; a terribly executed, tragic waste of potential.

Update

Within the day, I was contacted by one of the developers to tell me that they read my review and are working hard to make sure the next episodes live up to expectations. That's great to hear! By actually talking with me about my criticisms it reflects very well on AR-K's team and gives me even more reason to hope that it might come together and I can recommend it to everyone. The review remains the same for now, but those interested in the community behind a work in progress may find that here.

Back to the review

How shall I start to explain the trouble that is AR-K? I know. Look around your computer and try and find a belt or length of rope. Just trust me. I'm going somewhere with this. Got it? Okay, now fold it in half, grab it firmly by each end and pull it taut. Now rapidly move your fists inward and outward. The flapping movement you are seeing is quite similar to how the main character's mouth moves in the first episode of AR-K; outside of cutscenes, anyway.

You might think this is a minor gripe and adventure gamers have always had a knack for looking past poor and peculiar graphics. And you'd be totally right. But I'm only pointing out one teaspoon in an ocean of technical issues and bad presentation. The volume of the spoken dialogue hasn't been normalized, there are a couple of misread lines, the subtitles have been poorly edited, you can't save on your own initiative or have multiple game files, the voices of characters are prone to change once or twice (probably artifacts from old voice actors), there's been some weird scaling when characters interact with each other, it took me about fifteen minutes to figure out how to get items from the inventory screen to interact with objects in the world, and the English localization has a few wrinkles. That isn't even an exhaustive list.

Alright, alright. So that's all really quite terrible, but like I've said, we're fans of point and click adventure games. We can forgive any kind of presentation in the name of good puzzles and and a good story. Let's start with the puzzles then. So, you've got an object on a high shelf that you want to get, a length of rope, and a large-breed dog. What do you do? Obviously, as an adult of average physical ability and a functioning brain, you ignore the rope and dog and climb the shelves, get a nearby box to stand on, or you just wedge your arm behind it and push it over. But you're playing an adventure game so you're probably already conditioned to ignore logical brevity and will do exactly what the game expects you to do: combining rope A with dog B. That's a puzzle in this game I found intuitive and logical and solved within seconds of its presentation. So, dear god, what kind of anti-backwards madness-dimension logic must be employed for me to call this game a completely illogical mess that demands a walkthrough?

Well, let's examine one puzzle from episode one that I like in theory, but was so horribly implemented it was unsolvable. In AR-K, you play an investigative journalist and there was a puzzle based around you asking other characters about a policeman so that you could create some sincere-sounding flattery to get him to help you. That's a totally awesome thing for a game about an investigative jounalist! However, the hints you actually get don't correlate to the actual dialogue options you're presented with during the flattery, at best. At worst, they're totally misleading. For example, you're meant to get his first name from a bulletin board where various people have left posts. Now, the names on the board include three of the four choices you have in the dialogue and absolutely none of the bulletins suggest character traits specific to an officer or to anything else you've learned about him. In fact, the closest logical leap I could find is that one of them mentioned a feature of the specific area he was patrolling, so I assumed that must be the one. Nope. So to solve the puzzle you have to choose one of four dialogue options correctly four times. The game will not tell you which you have gotten correctly and none of your hints are better than my example. Oh, yeah, and in episode one you can't cut off dialogue you've already heard (at least I couldn't find a way).

That's exceptionally awful. And it's doubly bad, because that's such a neat idea poorly done. But it's not the worst. Actually, episode one wasn't too bad. There was one other highly questionable moment that I only solved by clicking everything I had on everything else for long enough to get a result, but only that dialogue puzzle sent me to a walkthrough. Episode two, though.... Did I somehow kill your family without knowing it, episode two? Is that why you tortured me so? The first half was perfectly logical (well, dog-rope-shelf logical), but then there's a bit with a rat, and a trap, and you have to shoot it, and you have to... and you have to *rocking back and forth while crying*. And then you're taking exams for some reason!? WTF!?

Okay, so the puzzles are half okay and half unsolvable moon logic. That does not a good adventure game make. But, hey, we've still got the story, right? It's a noir thriller, with the cartoony charm of Sam & Max, and it's set in space - the best setting! There's no way this could be bad, right? Well, hmm. It's okay. Episode one starts off with a good noir hook involving a mysterious MacGuffin and ends with the uncovery of a sinister plot, a betrayal, and ominous forshadowing. I even like the simple touch that we're playing a female investigator under the influence of a "homme-fatale" in a typically masculine genre. However, episode one is just a lot of screwing around on a college campus with very little movement in the story. It also doesn't help that the main character is kind of rough around the edges and performs some unlikable deeds. And it's not so gut-bustingly funny that you can forgive the character's misanthropy like with your Sam & Max. That said, episode two fixes all of those problems. The plot thickens and things happen. The protagonist actually appologizes for, say, maiming her mostly helpful roommate. And, most importantly, a disembodied narrator is introduced that only the protagonist can hear. There's some wonderfully funny lines between them and the narrator is able to voice our concerns with the protagonist's actions and manners.

The narrator is also supposedly there to give you hints, but these are as helpful as the aforementioned clues with the policeman puzzle.

So we've got a badly designed, technically messy game with a story that's all over the place. No, I can't recommend this game. I really wanted to. If you had told me last week that I'd be playing a noir-themed adventure game in the style of Lucasarts or Telltale set in freaking space, I'd have said, "Yes! All of this! Melt it down and inject it right into my eyeballs!" I want AR-K to be the video game equivalent of the underdog kids in an 80s sports movie, where after a synth music montage with a robot, the devs crank out an adventure game that beats down the big bully Triple A teams that give adventure games wedgies.

Maybe it still can be that. There are still two episodes that haven't been released and episode two was mostly an improvement over episode one. In recent history, Tales of Monkey Island went from a mediocre first half to an adventure worthy of its pedigree. I'll keep an eye on AR-K's upcoming episodes and maybe I'll have the good fortune to erase my work here and tell you how badly you need to play this game. For now, though, I wouldn't.
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99 of 105 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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50 of 53 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
*Update: I have just been able to finish chapter one, so I've decided to update my review*

Having just finished chapter 1, I can say I am pretty happy with this game. If you enjoy older style Point and Click adventure games then this is likely up your alley. It seems very much an homage to the Monkey Island games. I can't directly compare the two, but it has some puzzles very similar to some in those games and even a direct reference in the dialogue at one point. I will say that in comparing it to that, it is very much in the older style point and click games. If vague clues, and running around just trying to combine every item with every other item, or trying to interact every item with every interactable part of the world isn't your thing then you may not enjoy the game.

My only real compaints would be it's a tad short, but I've yet to play chapter 2 which is also included so we'll see what that adds to the playtime. As well as mentioned in my original review, that I would of prefered a way to skip through dialogue with the mouse, instead of having to use the escape key. As well as the dialgue ending up being a little hokey at times, with humor being slightly heavy handed. There are still some technical issues I'd run into, the occassional game freeze with certain interactions, the sound sometimes skips or repeats itself or animations could be a little funky but if none of that is deal breaking, i'd say the game is definately an enjoyable experience.

As a footnote, I'd like to say a thank you to dev team. One of them had been in contact with me the past couple of days, taking information from me and giving me updates on fixes they had been working on that pertained to my issues. He found the issue with my anti-virus and the games engine, that was causing all the crash issues I was having and got me a workaround so I was able to play. Any dev team willing to help out the playerbase like that deserves recognition.

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Keeping my original post here, though most technical issues are no longer appliciable. Ended up being an issue with my anti-virus and the Unity3D engine.

*Update: One of the devs has been in contact with me, taken information from me on my issues and said they will be working on trying to fix what they can as soon as possible.*

Wish I could recommend this game, but as it currently stands for myself I cant. When it actually works, its a pretty fun retro style point and click adventure. The story seems interesting, the graphic styling is pretty good. Solving things so far hasn't been too over the top as far as I've been able to play. The only real non technical complaints I'd have for the game is the inability to skip dialogue without having to use the escape key, I prefer to play these types of games with only the mouse, so it's a little bit of a pain. As well as the writing being a little hokey, tries a little too hard to inject humor and it falls flat at times.

But when it works is not very often, between the game straight up crashing or freezing during interactions. Or the inventory UI becoming totally uninteractable without having to quit out of the game and then restart it, trying to get anything done is super frustrating when almost the entirety of the game is randomly trying to interact objects with things in the environment and its a crap shoot on whether or not the game is going to just freeze or crash every time you do. If they can fix these glaring technical issues, and the game is actually playable I'd be willing to update my review.
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57 of 77 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
IMPORTANT - This game is half finished. Literally - only two of four episodes are done. The only reference I've seen to this is in other user reviews, so... yeah. Be aware of this.

In brief: An very patchy game with potential, and it's hard to argue with the price, but ultimately not recommended due to poor puzzle design and interface issues.

In boxers: Another Kickstarter project, AR-K scrapped past its $100,000 goal by promising to be an episodic sci-fi point-and-click adventure "with an updated twist". Sadly, that twist seems to be how unfinished the game feels - which hopefully will be fixed down the line.

You are in control of Alicia, former cop-in-training who was forced out of the academy when accused of stealing a mysterious golden sphere that she finds in her locker. Now in training as a journalist, she must uncover the great conspiracy surrounding the sphere and yadda yadda yadda. After she dresses and gets to class, of course, since she was up all night partying.

...the sad part? That synopsis does a better job of establishing things than the ACTUAL GAME. The introductory cutscene feels like it was cobbled together at the last minute, and the haphazard way Alicia's backstory is rammed down our throats in another cutscene some 30 seconds later doesn't help matters either. We're given no real introduction to this world or anyone in it before we're asked to care about some partygoing chick, and it takes quite a while for us to warm up to her... which really isn't ideal in an adventure game

The graphics aren't exactly amazing either. I know this isn't the biggest sin in the world - I've always said gameplay is the most important aspect of a game - but there's just something slightly off about the art style and it's incredibly hard to put my finger on. Maybe it's the character's proportions? I dunno. Have a skim through the game's screenshots and see for yourself.

Another nitpick is the interface, which I don't feel is particularly well explained. All you get is two screenshots with arrows pointing stuff out, but that's hardly going to sink in when you first see it, especially when it takes a good 10 minutes for you to start actually needing to use the information provided. A slightly more in-depth tutorial at the start of the game would have worked much better here... as would being able to access these 'how to play' images during the actual game rather than having to quit to the main menu every time you want to see them.

Speaking of the interface, there are things which are never explained that you need to use, and things that ARE explained which you can't use. For example: you'll need to use your dog to solve several puzzles, but it's never once made clear that you can actually select or use the dog for anything.

Also, there's supposedly a 'narrator' that can give you hints if you get stuck... but I couldn't find any trace of him in the first episode, despite his presence being mentioned in the tutorial. And that's a real shame, because you'll NEED hints - there are some very random puzzles in this game (like using the cola with the sewer? Where did THAT come from?) that make it far harder than it should be.

On the more positive side, the voicework is really good. The main character in particular is great, but everyone is generally of a higher calibre than I would expect for a game made by such a small team. The music, when it kicks in, is quite nice, and the story, once it gets going, is pretty entertaining. It's just such a shame you'll struggle to get to it, since it only really gets going about two-thirds through the first episode.

This is a game that, at the end of the day, still needs a lot of work. There's a lot of potential there, but the problems I've mentioned are big ones, and they really do get in the way of what I hope will eventually be a pretty decent game. It's hard to really recommend at the moment - but at least you won't have to pay a fortune to see what it's like for yourself.

*UPDATE* - This game has receive several updates since I wrote my original review, and will no doubt receive more - or at least, I hope it will. I'll try and update this review with each update.
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57 of 79 people (72%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2015
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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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2015
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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73 of 112 people (65%) found this review helpful
138 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
I thought it was the game with dinosaurs...
Im really dumb sometime
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
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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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
I have mixed emotions on this one. I just finished playing thru what is currently out (Episode 2). Game shows a promise with the story, but it is very short and has plot holes. There should be more development of the story here. Also the logic in places leaves A LOT to be desired. I have certainly played worse games, but not recently made ones. That said I can't just say pass this one by altogether. It needs some love and attention in places but the story has an interesting hook if they can clean it up.

I can't recommend the game as it currently stands but will revisit this in a few months once the rest of the episodes are out and some more bug fixes made.

Positives:
  • Interesting story that I would like to see where it goes
  • Nice looking graphics
  • Generally funny
  • Engaged developers

Negatives:
  • Controls are non-intutive, particularly in the first episode. They really need a tutorial if the are leaving as is.
  • Story is illogical in places, particularly in Episode 2.
  • Game requires certain actions completed in a certain order.
  • Bit buggy still, had to restart game twice due to missing brick.
  • Hyper-sexualized lead. There is no reason to have her drawn/animated the way she is and it actually detracts from the game. I found this last part bad enough to the point of being offensive. I recommend the developer rethink their target audience for this game...it isn't teenage boys that play most point & click adventures so there is no need to have a lead with painted on clothing that sways as she walks.

Unfortunately I don't expect them to correct the last point at this stage of development and that is a shame. I like the story as laid out and will give it another chance once more comes out but this certainly needs some work.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
As of writing this review, acts 1 and 2 are available.

AR-K is a point and click adventure game starring Alicia, a young journalism student living on a space station. She was barred from her dream career as a police officer after being framed for a crime that she barely even understands, and when she finally decides to move on with her life, the past rears its ugly head again. So she's on a mission to figure out what's going on, clear her name and hopefully pass a class taught by a professor who hates her. Just another day in the life of a college student.

This is very much a point-and-click in the classic style, with dialogue and inventory puzzles. There's no combat, and your character can't die.

I wouldn't call it a comedy game, but there are a lot of jokes here, and thankfully most of them hold up. Not a huge fan of the whole "Alicia hates the ex-girlfriend of a guy she doesn't even like that much with an unholy passion" angle, but otherwise I did find myself smiling a lot throughout. The addition of the fourth-wall-breaking narrator in the second act was a bit jarring at first, but I really enjoyed the interplay between the two as the game continued. Most of the characters are silly archetypes of the various characters you'd expect to see in a college-themed story, but with a bit of a sci-fi twist to them. The game is fully voiced and the voice acting ranges from "fine" to "excellent".

I've encountered a few bugs so far, but the developer has been excellent about working to address the problems that I've had so I expect that on that front the game will only improve.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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35 of 51 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
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 http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198006176581/recommended/368890?tscn=1447452277
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
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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