Set in the 90's, Kathy Rain tells the story of a strong-willed journalism major who has to come to terms with her own troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently deceased grandfather.
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Very Positive (76 reviews) - 93% of the 76 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (115 reviews) - 93% of the 115 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 5, 2016

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June 23

Kathy Rain is 15% for the Steam Summer Sale!

The Steam Summer Picnic Sale is now live and Kathy Rain is part of the offerings. Get the game for 15% off and see what this spooky detective game is all about!

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June 6

Kathy Rain v.1.0.3 patch up!

Changelog:

  • Fixed a showstopper related to the chase sequence in the final chapter of the game.
  • Fixed a crash related to a few pixels of a deleted hotspot near the typewriter in the attic.
  • Fixed an error in the French translation, resulting in an invalid hint concerning the poem puzzle.
  • Fixed a bug causing the sequence connected to the "Undateable" achievement to not trigger properly.
  • Fixed a bug causing the player to be able to unlock "Passive Smoking" without Goober present.
  • Fixed a showstopper related to opening the menu in the middle of an action sequence.
  • Updated the main menu background to reflect the newest logo design.

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Reviews

“Kathy Rain might just be the best adventure game I've played in a long time.”
9/10 – Destructoid

“I had a splendid time with Kathy Rain, and thoroughly enjoyed a game where I couldn’t see where it might be heading. Kathy proves a complex and interesting character, and, well, I thoroughly enjoyed playing it. Which is the simplest recommendation of them all.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“A remarkable achievement from a first-time developer, Kathy Rain is an unexpectedly personal gem about a heroine who proves she belongs with the genre’s other big names.”
4.5/5 – Adventure Gamers

About This Game

Set in the 90's, Kathy Rain tells the story of a strong-willed journalism major who has to come to terms with her own troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently deceased grandfather. Armed with her motorcycle, a pack of cigs, and a notepad, Kathy begins to delve into a local mystery surrounding her hometown that will take her on a harrowing journey full of emotional and personal turmoil.

As she follows a trail of clues he left behind, questions emerge… What was Joseph Rain really looking for that night all those years ago? What turned him into a mere shell of a man, confined to a wheelchair? What secret did a suicidal young artist take with her to the grave, and why are so many people in Conwell Springs going mad? The truth is dark and sinister…

  • 320x240 (4:3) resolution with crisp pixel art graphics
  • 4,000+ lines of dialogue
  • Full English voice acting directed by Wadjet Eye Games' Dave Gilbert
  • Original soundtrack
  • 40+ hand-drawn environments
  • Compelling narrative with eerie plot set in the 90's

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 300 MHz Processor
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 320 x 240 32 bit
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Video: DirectX & Directdraw Supported
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Intel processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT, GeForce 8600M GT, GeForce GT 120, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX5600 ATI Radeon 4850, Radeon 4870
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Yosemite
    • Processor: Intel processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT, GeForce 8600M GT, GeForce GT 120, GeForce GT 130, GeForce GTX 285, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GS, Quadro FX 4800, Quadro FX5600 ATI Radeon 4850, Radeon 4870
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Very Positive (76 reviews)
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JennyC928
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Awesome! Great story, challenging puzzles without being too difficult. I'll be playing this again!
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twchang2005
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Nice & short retro game. Not bad.
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Empoweredfan
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
I am heavily biast for this game, as it touches upon a passion of mine. A point and click adventure game with interesting characters and a story that pulls you in. I have played more than 8 hours on it now, and it still feels as if I have ways to go before I reach the end. I recomend this game to any fans of the point'n'click games of old, and anyone that would wish to give them a try, because it gives the full experience of a retro game in all the right ways. Right down to the time periode that it is taking place.
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DrGloom
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Kathy Rain is one of the best adventures I have encountered in a long time. It's quite linear and easy puzzles but the very rich story makes up for all of it.
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snipershot11770
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
A very good game;would Recommend.
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A_Lad_Insane78
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
An excellent game, engaging characters and excellent voice acting, I enjoyed the story and I hope that the plan is to expand it into a multi-game story.
I think fans of the Blackwell series, such as myself, will find much to enjoy here.
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Buffy
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Lovely adventure in the style of the Blackwell games. Voice acting and settings work really well, story and riddles could need a bit a polishing, but a promising start for this new company :)
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Heretic Saint
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
A bit short, but a very nice "oldschool" adventure experience. The visuals and references to the world of 1995 (floppy disks! wav-files!) made me feel nostalgic, although the game's modern roots are evident in its good voice-acting throughout the story.

I highly enjoyed the protagonist and would love to see her and her quasi-sidekick return in a sequel!

Pros:
+ compelling detective story unfolding and going deeper as you play, almost X-Files style towards the end
+ great character design; the protagonist's cheeky/rebellious personality results in plenty of humor
+ good voice-acting supporting story developments and banter between the characters

Cons:
- a bit short for its price, compared to other games (but still worth it!)
- some very few puzzles are a bit unintuitive (had to resort to a walkthrough once)
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Shua
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
The story kept me involved all the way to the end.

the voice acting is more than decent.

the puzzles are not difficult but not too easy which which is good considering we live in the age when ur stuck at a ridiculously hard puzzle u can just google it and get an answer to a puzzle otherwise you'll never have solved simpley because using the cat on the fan while the cop isnt looking is a bit too random to think of. the puzzles make sense and are fun.

I can't wait for a sequel.
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Cat_astrophe
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
The game has an interesting story and great puzzles. Also the voice actors did a very good job. Overall I'd really recommend it, if you like 90s adventures.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
The story kept me involved all the way to the end.

the voice acting is more than decent.

the puzzles are not difficult but not too easy which which is good considering we live in the age when ur stuck at a ridiculously hard puzzle u can just google it and get an answer to a puzzle otherwise you'll never have solved simpley because using the cat on the fan while the cop isnt looking is a bit too random to think of. the puzzles make sense and are fun.

I can't wait for a sequel.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Product received for free
I received a key when the game was in closed alpha for testing purposes, so i am one of the early testers. But i plan to buy and give away a key a soon i get some money together because i want to support the dev.

Kathy Rain is a point and click adventure game made with the AGS (Adventure Game Studio) engine. The game mechanics have it's own particularities but it is the similar to other game of this genre. You can think about, look and combine items in your inventory, and you also have a notebook where the important clues are wrote down, you will be able to use these to work out the next course of action and also as conversation topics.

The history unfolds in the great 90's, leaded by a independent girl that studies journalism. She learns about the dead of her grandfather a decides to pay the visit she hesitated doing for many years. Her rebellious and bold spirit will make her get involved in an old strange case and help her investigate using methods that will lead her further than any cop could do when the case was open. It will be a travel to the past.

I honestly love everything about this game, the art and the setting is perfect, the characters are compelling and some of them lovable, the voice acting is superb, the story makes you want to keep playing and want more, the puzzles offer a very decent challenge, not very hard if you are used to this kind of games but not extremely easy either. Playing with all that 20 year old junk was a blast and made me feel nostalgic.

I really hope the dev gets enough support, i can see enough similarities with blackwell here to see it could be a successful series if it's given a chance. The detective is born but she needs to grown, this game is screaming for a sequel.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Lovely adventure in the style of the Blackwell games. Voice acting and settings work really well, story and riddles could need a bit a polishing, but a promising start for this new company :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Very engaging story, good gameplay, wonderful and entertaining characters - I enjoyed this game immensely.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
I loved this game. I was weaned on the early Sierra and Lucasarts adventures a a kid in the 80s, and stuck with that genre until it petered out in the 90s (with some notable exceptions). The recent adventure game revival has been exciting for me in theory, but none of them have really engaged me like some of the games I cut my teeth on once did (granted, as a kid, it was easier to capture my attention than it is now). This game was a masterpiece of writing, art design and voice acting. It wasn't tough, in fact I played it through in one (six hour) sitting. But those hours passed quickly because I was so taken with the story and the characters. There are none of the absurdly difficult combine-every-item-you-have-in-every-possible-order style puzzles, and the puzzles you will face are generally easy (barring one insanely obtuse, but thematically appropriate, one toward the end), but this is a good thing. That is to say the puzzles won't make you pull your hair out and get sick of the game for a week, only to come back to it later and repeat the process.

I think this succeeds so well because it is a game for adults, and given its setting in the 90s, probably for people who lived through that period (ie. former adventure game addicts like myself). There are 'adult themes' and colorful usage of swear words, etc. Even though it's a fairly quick game (I finished it in 6 hours, as I mentioned) it's absolutely worth the $15 price point, and I hope a lot of people buy this so more games of this caliber, within this style, will continue to be made.

Enjoyed it far more than any of the other new, flashier and 'prettier' adventure games. This one provides a memorable thematic experience that will stick with you the way the Colonel's Bequest or Space Quest III (to name a couple) once did. I have intentionally not said anything about the plot, because it's better to come into this game with an open mind, not knowing what to expect next. A+.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
A bit short, but a very nice "oldschool" adventure experience. The visuals and references to the world of 1995 (floppy disks! wav-files!) made me feel nostalgic, although the game's modern roots are evident in its good voice-acting throughout the story.

I highly enjoyed the protagonist and would love to see her and her quasi-sidekick return in a sequel!

Pros:
+ compelling detective story unfolding and going deeper as you play, almost X-Files style towards the end
+ great character design; the protagonist's cheeky/rebellious personality results in plenty of humor
+ good voice-acting supporting story developments and banter between the characters

Cons:
- a bit short for its price, compared to other games (but still worth it!)
- some very few puzzles are a bit unintuitive (had to resort to a walkthrough once)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
An excellent game, engaging characters and excellent voice acting, I enjoyed the story and I hope that the plan is to expand it into a multi-game story.
I think fans of the Blackwell series, such as myself, will find much to enjoy here.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Kathy Rain is one of the best adventures I have encountered in a long time. It's quite linear and easy puzzles but the very rich story makes up for all of it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
A very good game;would Recommend.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
I am heavily biast for this game, as it touches upon a passion of mine. A point and click adventure game with interesting characters and a story that pulls you in. I have played more than 8 hours on it now, and it still feels as if I have ways to go before I reach the end. I recomend this game to any fans of the point'n'click games of old, and anyone that would wish to give them a try, because it gives the full experience of a retro game in all the right ways. Right down to the time periode that it is taking place.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny