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 (17 reviews) - 88% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (161 reviews) - 92% of the 161 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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Will
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Kathy Rain is a better homage to Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father than the actual remastered edition of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father... And it's cheaper too.

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blumenleere
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Classic point-and-click 3rd person adventure; more Lucas-Arts than Sierra. But lots of innovative little modern ideas. I liked it a lot. In the beginning it seemed to be full of stereotypes and more or less mediocre; then, as the story evolves, it becomes more and more interesting. Also the puzzles are really good and logical. I liked the characters and loved the pretty "surreal" (in a Lynch kind of way/Hello "Twin Peaks"!) aspect.
One of the better!
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Bronnie
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I somehow missed out on point and click adventures as a kid, but after looking over Let's Plays of the genre on YouTube I was hooked. I love Pushing Up Roses and I watched her first impressions of the game and was so enchanted, I had to get it.

As I'm just getting into the genre I can't really compare it to anything, but this game is fantastic. It's one part detective story, two parts Twin Peaks, one part 90's nostalgia. I've seen some reviews that say the content is "scary", and I suppose it could be considered that. The horror is subtle and begins to build, with mild themes that give light to Kathy's character. If you're interested, I'd say give this one a shot.

If there's a sequel, I'm getting it.
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Guybrush Threepwood
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Product received for free
I'd reccomend this game to everyone thats a fan of adventure games, kept in the old style of 'Lucas Arts' or 'Sierra'.

The game itself has a very good looking art-style and the puzzles aren't too difficult, while still being entertaining.

The story though starts very slow but escalates pretty quick into a very interesting and catchy one with some good twists here and there.
After the second playthrough I also understood the story a lot better than the first time, but this does not have to aply to all the players.

Finally I'd say that 15€ are maybe a littlebit too much, considering the playtime of just 7 hours (Including the second playthrough) still this does not give me the reason for a negative review.

8/10 - Would play again
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mO'Guts
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Really great old school style Point and Click.

All the puzzles make sense and you don't have to randomly guess what to do at any stage, every puzzle you solve has some decent logic behind it and I also really enjoyed the story, it has depth and I feel it is quite unusual.
Actually this game makes me think of the show Stranger Things.

There are a few really great references but there were some from the game 'Full Throttle' which really made me feel at home in this game.

I strongly recommend to any true point and click adventure fan!

Brilliant Game, I am Hoping for a Sequel!

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glunya
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Okey-dokey
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sanja.pekic85
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Excelent game that I highly reccomend.I love it's overall 90s vibe (which is not only in graphics), its atomoshere, great story, intuitive puzzles and characters with good voice acting. Kathy is such a cool character for a video game and I hope there will be a sequel.
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ArtesMan1989
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
A detective is born...sadly the mystery should have been aborted.

The first thing that will get your attention is the old school pixel art, which is kathy Rain strongest asset, the art is great and the animations are pretty good too.

The music while some tunes are better than others none of them really stands out as well as the voice actin which kathy owns but the rest is servicable at best.

As any good point and click you point at stuff and click it, sometimes you combine stuff and sometimes you just solve puzzles with the stuff inside your skull.

It's all pretty standard stuff with chapter 2 being a highlight and my personal favorite.

Now the story is the most important part of any point and click and unfortunatly it's just not very good. Some twist are nice but the ending and overall experience of the game isn't really good.

Altough the game is really cheap $15 I still find it hard to recommend to be honest, it's not a game I would recommend at all, altough I compelted it in full in under 6 hours it felt more like an obligation than an actual good time.

Score 4/10

Achievements 6.5/10 some of them if not all are misseable and kinda cryptic to get, but as long as you use your stuff on everything and save on every chapter your can nab them no problem.
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jasminemacabre
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I had been waiting for this game for months, and wasn't disappointed.
I thoroughly enjoyed games like the Blackwell series, The Shivah, and Gemini Rue.
So firstly, if you enjoy those types of games, you'll definitely enjoy Kathy Rain.

The story is very captivating, and leaves you guessing until pretty much the very end.
Although, I did need to rely on a walkthrough at certain points, but perhaps that is just me.

I didn't expect the game to be so dark. There are themes of abortion, suicide, depression and it just quite a sad game in general.

Still, I highly recommend for those who are fans of the Blackwell series.
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POLARIS
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Kathy Rain was deeply disappointing. I am an adventure-game fan of some two decades' standing and I have rarely been more disappointed than by this by-the-numbers effort that was almost entirely lacking in creativity, subtlety in storyline, or depth. By way of comparison, I thoroughly enjoyed earlier AGS titles like Resonance and Gemini Rue. I always eagerly await new adventure titles and so tried very hard to enjoy Kathy Rain but to no avail. The limited puzzles were obvious and the storyline hinted at great complexity that never arrived. Upon finishing the game, I was still waiting for it to start. I am surprised by the high scores given by users and review sites.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Decent-ish? Not without it's narrative flaws, but I'm interested in the story enough to be waiting for the sequel. On the gameplay side, some puzzle solutions can be pretty bizarre and unintuitive, but it's not the worst adventure games have had. It's a mixed bag all around, but the stellar atmosphere and voice acting, Kathy Rain's real accomplishments, pulls it across the finish line.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I had been waiting for this game for months, and wasn't disappointed.
I thoroughly enjoyed games like the Blackwell series, The Shivah, and Gemini Rue.
So firstly, if you enjoy those types of games, you'll definitely enjoy Kathy Rain.

The story is very captivating, and leaves you guessing until pretty much the very end.
Although, I did need to rely on a walkthrough at certain points, but perhaps that is just me.

I didn't expect the game to be so dark. There are themes of abortion, suicide, depression and it just quite a sad game in general.

Still, I highly recommend for those who are fans of the Blackwell series.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Really great old school style Point and Click.

All the puzzles make sense and you don't have to randomly guess what to do at any stage, every puzzle you solve has some decent logic behind it and I also really enjoyed the story, it has depth and I feel it is quite unusual.
Actually this game makes me think of the show Stranger Things.

There are a few really great references but there were some from the game 'Full Throttle' which really made me feel at home in this game.

I strongly recommend to any true point and click adventure fan!

Brilliant Game, I am Hoping for a Sequel!

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Product received for free
I'd reccomend this game to everyone thats a fan of adventure games, kept in the old style of 'Lucas Arts' or 'Sierra'.

The game itself has a very good looking art-style and the puzzles aren't too difficult, while still being entertaining.

The story though starts very slow but escalates pretty quick into a very interesting and catchy one with some good twists here and there.
After the second playthrough I also understood the story a lot better than the first time, but this does not have to aply to all the players.

Finally I'd say that 15€ are maybe a littlebit too much, considering the playtime of just 7 hours (Including the second playthrough) still this does not give me the reason for a negative review.

8/10 - Would play again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
I really enjoyed Kathy Rain. I found this game in the Detective genre and without much research- I bought it during the Summer sale. I didn't expect much but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the animation, the art, the sky. Kathy Rain, as a character, is badass and not afraid to get answers, along with her Christian sidekick, Eileen. All of the voice actors did a fantastic job with making this game come to life and giving it it's charm. If you're looking for a fun, puzzling game with remarkable characters and areas then this is the point-and-click game for you.
P.S, You're gonna love the Bum ;)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Excelent game that I highly reccomend.I love it's overall 90s vibe (which is not only in graphics), its atomoshere, great story, intuitive puzzles and characters with good voice acting. Kathy is such a cool character for a video game and I hope there will be a sequel.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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63 of 77 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
Heh. I like you kid.

This review will not contain any spoilers.

Kathy Rain is a point & click adventure game developed by Clifftop Games. You play as Kathy Rain, a third year journalism student who fancies herself as a bit of a detective. After the death of your grandfather, Joseph Rain, you decide to return to your hometown of Conwell Springs for the first time since you were a child to attend your grandfather’s funeral. After the funeral, Kathy begins investigating a local mystery which has been left unsolved for a decade, as you investigate you’ll learn more about Kathy’s past as well as the people in the town.

Worth a mention: It took me just shy of five hours to complete the story but it seems like the average completion time is eight-ten hours, probably due to the achievements in the game that I didn’t get.

When I first saw Kathy Rain (the game) I was unsure about the fact that the game is in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Thankfully KR is visually very good. The 4:3 aspect ratio works well (the window is automatically sized to your monitor with black bars on either side in fullscreen or you can just play in a 320x240 window) and the pixel art graphics are fantastic. There’s not a huge amount of detail in the characters (not really an issue) but the backgrounds for the different locations are absolutely fantastic. During dialogue a portrait for the character speaking is displayed on-screen, these are also fantastic and their facial expression changes so it’s appropriate for what they’re saying which is a nice touch.

KR is, at its heart, a story-driven game and so it’s obviously incredibly important that KR has a solid, engaging plot. Luckily for those interested in playing the game, it does indeed have an excellent, well-written plot. What begins as a simple investigation into a decade-old incident quickly becomes something far more intriguing and sinister over the course of the five days the game takes place in. To uncover the truth you’ll find yourself speaking to many different residents of Conwell Springs which also means you’ll get to visit a fair few locations. I can’t really say much more than that without spoiling the game but it really is an enjoyable story, particularly if you’re a fan of detective stories like I am.

The actual gameplay consists of solving puzzles. I found them to be quite challenging as someone who doesn’t usually play point & click games but genre veterans may not find them too difficult (there are hints in the game for how to solve them anyway). The puzzles aren’t just thrown in for a bit of gameplay here and there, they are actually used to advance the plot which makes solving them far more enjoyable. Some puzzles will require the use of items you have previously collected from somewhere which are stored in your inventory. While it is possible to miss these items you can always go back to the location they are in later to collect them if you need them.

As well as a small bag which serves as your inventory, Kathy also carries around a notepad. The notepad is used by Kathy to note down anything which comes up when speaking to a character that needs some more information, i.e. something you’ll need to talk to another character about. As you uncover more information about certain things Kathy will automatically update her notes so she can ask the other characters for more relevant information. The notepad is also home to telephone numbers which you find in the phone book at your grandma’s house.

So, more about interacting with other characters. For the most part you don’t have any dialogue choices when interacting with other characters (apart from choosing when to ask them what from your notepad, though that doesn’t really have an effect) and when you are given the opportunity to choose what you want to say it doesn’t really make a difference to the overall outcome. Personally, I don’t think this is a problem, KR has a semi-linear story (I say semi because you have some control over what order you do things in) and the story is good enough so that it manages to be entertaining even with little player influence over the story.

What’s super important when it comes to story-driven games? The voice acting! The voice acting in Kathy Rain is excellent. There were a few times in the game where I thought there was too much of a gap between one character’s line and then the next character’s line but that’s not a huge problem. The actors themselves did a fantastic job at bringing the game’s characters to life, they’re very compelling performances and they make the story feel real.

Circling back to the whole semi-linear story thing, you can decide what locations to visit and when (you have to have unlocked the location before you can visit it mind you but you unlock new locations as you progress through the story). When Kathy leaves a location she hops on her customised Corley motorcycle and you’re then presented with a screen where you can choose from any of the locations you’ve unlocked. As you near the end of the game some locations will become greyed out (you can’t return to them) but this only happens for minor locations where you’ve already exhausted the location’s relevance to the plot. For the rest of the game you’re able to choose where to go when and since there is some wiggle room when it comes to what order you can do things in this does give you a tad bit of freedom.

Verdict

Kathy Rain is an excellent point & click game with an intriguing story, compelling characters, fantastic voice acting and a great visual style. If you’re a fan of story-driven games then this is definitely worth checking out.

Lone Ranger Reviews.

El K.
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Kathy Rain takes place in 1995 and stars the titular character, a no-nonsense young woman who returns to her childhood hometown of Conwell Springs after many years after hearing news of her grandfather’s death. As Kathy explores her old hometown she begins to uncover a secret of the town’s past, one that her grandfather tried to uncover himself years ago which left him a broken shell of a man.

It’s not hard to see that Gabriel Knight was a major influence for Kathy Rain. The game opens up with Kathy catching up with her Grandma in the old family home just like Gabe did with Grandma Knight in GK1. The game is also separated in days just like the Gabriel Knight games. Kathy Rain does a good job taking GK’s influence and doing well with it. One could even say it’s a quality spiritual successor.

Kathy Rain has a really good atmosphere, channeling that sense of slow burn mystery that made GK1 such a great game as well getting across the feeling of a lived in small town. The art is of the same high quality as the recent WadjetEye games and its soundtrack of ambient guitar tracks also helps the feel. Writing wise it’s mostly quite good. Most of the primary main cast such as Kathy have depth and the mystery is an interesting one that will keep you engaged. I’ve seen some people here complain that the ending doesn’t solve anything, but I thought it was fine considering what road the narrative went down. Dave Gilbert, the head of WadjetEye, was the VA director and it shows. The voice-acting is some good stuff, namely Kathy’s VA who also did Max Lao in Technobabylon.

The puzzles are mostly pretty good. It’s more akin to the Blackwell series’ puzzles were the main focus is investigation, dialogue, and simple inventory puzzles. Kathy even has a notebook like Rosa does. There is only one puzzle that I say sucks because it’s this big riddle type of puzzle that due to some awkward wording is way harder than it should be. (Like for an example ignoring that the narrative has a given another meaning to a phrase in the riddle that seems like that it would be more relevant than the actual solution.)There is another puzzle that while not obtuse, rather falls into the sociopathic adventure game protagonist solution problem, which is a bit jarring for a game that’s trying to be more human and serious.

Overall Kathy Rain is yet another addition to the high-quality adventure games of recent years. I’m definitely up for more of it if that happens.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Very good point and click adventure game. Fans of Blackwell Legacy Series will find the style and game play familiar as well as the supernatural elements. I personally hope for a sequel.
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