When a washed-up actor hangs himself on location, a spotlight is cast on the backwater Florida town of Cypress Knee. Your screen becomes a stage on which you investigate this mysterious death as three distinct characters.
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Very Positive (80 reviews) - 95% of the 80 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 6, 2015

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June 24

Knee Deep in Strange Florida No. 3


Knee Deep owes a lot of its inspiration to the inherent weirdness of the Sunshine State. Each week, we’re showcasing some of the unusual headlines from Florida:

Florida man pretends to be country singer, defrauds for sex and cash
http://wfla.com/2016/06/23/pinellas-man-charged-for-impersonating-country-singer-jason-aldean/


Florida man decapitates statue, threatens churchgoers
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/man-threatens-church-goers-days-after-decapitating/nrkQ8/

Roadside gator attacks Florida man
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/another-alligator-attacks-man-in-florida/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=25797766


Florida woman shoots naked, poop-covered intruder
http://www.wptv.com/news/state/florida-woman-shoots-naked-poop-covered-intruder


Thief steals lottery tricks, tries cashing in at same store
http://www.fox35orlando.com/unusual/162908010-story

Cemetery worker steals wallet from dead World War II veteran’s urn, buys pizza
http://www.fox4news.com/news/163263995-story

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June 16

Knee Deep in Strange Florida No. 2


Knee Deep owes a lot of its inspiration to the inherent weirdness of the Sunshine State. Each week, we’re showcasing some of the unusual headlines from Florida:

Cocaine falls from Florida man’s cast during police questioning
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/investigators-florida-man-has-cocaine-drop-arm-cas/nrgkY/

Flatulence leads to Florida fisticuffs
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article83320742.html

Florida man makes dozens of 911 calls, blames robots
http://wfla.com/2016/06/10/police-man-calls-911-more-than-100-times/

Pontiac Sunfire used as mobile meth lab in Florida Walmart parking lot
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/four-custody-after-mobile-meth-lab-found-fleming-i/nrhF4/

Florida man wakes up naked in stranger’s house
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20160614/charges-unlikely-for-naked-man-found-in-strangers-bed

Florida man brandishes broken bottle to get coffee
http://crime.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/05/31/police-man-robbed-jupiter-cafe-with-broken-beer-bottle-for-cup-of-coffee/

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Reviews

“Knee Deep's story has all the makings of a good suspense movie or a season of True Detective: shady characters, sketchy political deals, snappy dialog, small-town cranks, a religious cult. You can't ask for more.”
Just Adventure

“Knee Deep is surprisingly absorbing, its cast of eccentric characters and shady narrative lending a pleasant Twin Peaks vibe”
The Jimquisition

“...from a visual perspective it’s already totally on point. The noir-style storyline is paired with an awesome, shadowy-heavy aesthetic.”
Hardcore Gamer

About This Game



When a washed-up actor hangs himself on location, a spotlight is cast on the backwater Florida town of Cypress Knee. Your screen becomes a stage on which you investigate this mysterious suicide as three distinct characters: cheeky blogger Romana Teague, down-and-out local reporter Jack Bellet, and cynical private investigator K.C. Gaddis.

Experience a magical reality where characters are transported among scenes, set pieces moved into place, and music wafts from the orchestra pit. Knee Deep is about characters, storytelling, and the melodrama of swampland Florida.


  • Uncover a swampland conspiracy—Use your skills of observation, deduction, and cleverness to pull back the curtain and reveal the true story behind this backwater community.
  • Dynamic storytelling spotlights choice and consequence—Engage in realistic conversations that evolve based on your choices, but beware as critical decisions could lead to a breakthrough...or someone getting hurt.
  • Gaming goes to the theater—Vivid voice acting, imaginative set transitions, and melodrama specifically designed for the digital stage
  • A swamp noir adventure in three acts—enjoy the entire season with all three acts available now!
  • NEW - Step even closer to the peformance with Tobii EyeX integration! Affect lighting on actors, have them turn to acknowledge your presence, and affect menus and minigames all with the effortless movement of your eyes. Become part of the production - http://www.tobii.com/xperience/products/buy/

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6+
    • Processor: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/512 MB RAM with OpenGL 3 support
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9+
    • Processor: i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM with OpenGL 3 support
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: i3 or equirvalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/512 MB RAM with OpenGL 3 support
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM with OpenGL 3 support
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (80 reviews)
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rjazz2
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Simple gameplay, simple puzzles. Not a bad story although ACT III turns into Quentin Tarantino-land.
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Spanky Pie
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Knee Deep is an interesting mystery adventure game where you essentially play as the director in a stage play called Knee Deep. The play revolves around the death of famous actor, Tag Kern. At first glance, it seems like it would be an open-and-shut suicide case, but three characters soon dig deeper and together uncover a conspiracy involving the entire town of Cypress Knee.

The game immediately strikes you with its unique presentation. The art style is pretty and the way the camera moves as well as the cinematography really makes you feel that it's a stage play. The characters even transition through scenes, which while it could be considered as padding, really cements the idea that you're directing a real stage play instead of just playing a video game.

The characters are endearing, too. I especially liked Romana, the blogger. Of course, you kind of dictate their personality through the choices and how they say certain things, so it's easy for me to make the characters likeable. Some might find some of the characters cliche'd or typical, however.

The mystery of the game is also pretty good and keeps things tense. The pace of the story-telling is great and really makes you want to find out what happens next. There are also some small puzzles that are fun distractions from the pretty heavy tone of the rest of the game.

A small complaint I have, however, is the wonky controller support. At least at the time of this review, the controller only recognizes input when your mouse pointer is near the choice area, which isn't exactly ideal as you're then blocking a portion of the screen. Hopefully this can be patched in a later update.

Overall, I really enjoyed Knee Deep and I would recommend it to fans of adventure games as well as for those looking for a nice mystery.

What I played: The full game in about 5-6 hours
Like: The story, the art style, the overall presentation
Dislike: Poor controller support.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Isador
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Product received for free
This could be an average good book but instead of it its not a very good game.
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marykelliher0
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
I LIKED THAT IT WAS A PLAY AND THE MYSTERY WAS COOL
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Krikket
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Every once in awhile, my game bundle problem leads me to something beautiful that I’d never heard of. Knee Deep is an adventure game, more in the vein of Telltale Games rather than a classic point-n-click adventure full of inventory puzzles. It’s a noir mystery set in the Florida swamp lands. More interestingly, the entire story is presented to you in the style of a stage play.

I played about an hour into the first act (out of three acts), and the game play thus far has mostly consisted of making dialogue choices, and deciding what news to report, and what spin to put on it. The game comes right out and tells you that you can’t lose, but it does let you know that what you say matters.

Throughout each act, you will have the chance to participate in the story through controlling the choices of three different characters. Knee Deep is a game on very rigid rails; you go where it takes you, and you become the person it tells you to become when it decides you should. For some people this is a turn off. However, if you can deal with the idea of this being more of a visual novel than a game, and that your choices really aren’t going to effect how the story ends, then I can’t think of a lovelier piece of interactive fiction currently available.

Knee Deep is visually stunning. At least for me, a fan of mysteries in any form, the story completely holds my attention. The characters – at least the playable ones – feel respectably fleshed out, although some folks you encounter feel more like caricatures than people. The voice acting is absolutely solid. There’s the option to use this nifty eye motion tracker, if you happen to have one.

This is a game I want to finish, but that I also want to savor. Completion time is approximately 5-6 hours, and it doesn’t feel like the sort of game that would have much replay value, at least short term. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if I revisited it down the line, when the story has become hazy in my mind.

With little to no replay value, and such a short storyline, I can’t in good conscience tell you to go right out and drop a $20 on this game. I absolutely think it’s worth downloading the demo, and making that decision for yourself. If you can find it on sale for $10 or less, I would absolutely, unequivocally recommend it, just for the experience. When a game does so many things so right, it’s hard to fault it for not stuffing itself with filler just to provide more in game hours.
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alison
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Knee Deep is an ambitious take on the interactive movie (Telltale 'em up) formula. The twist here is instead of being inside a TV show, you choose your own adventure inside a stage play. This allows for some novel cinematography and very clever, well-paced scene transitions. The mechanics are no different to anything else in the genre, but by embracing the idea of the player being the director rather than an actor, the more tedious walking from point A to B aspects of the genre are removed, which lets you focus on the story.

Unfortunately, although the plot has all the right ingredients - corruption, rednecks, mythology and a down on his luck private ♥♥♥♥ - it never quite comes together. I am not sure if it is the direction of the voice acting or the script itself, but it feels like the characters never really react to one another. The dialog is somehow missing whimsy, given the absurdity of the whole setup. The second and third acts go a bit more in a self-consciously theatrical direction, but it's not enough. That's a bit of a shame, because as mentioned the concept is incredibly strong, and both the set design and the music is excellent. It's definitely worth giving this a playthrough just for the ideas it brings to the table. I look forward to whatever the devs come up with next.
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koral06
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
The Short: I would recommend this game only if you love good storylines and are okay with lack of gameplay. Otherwise, you may be better off watching the game on a YouTube channel.


This game has a really good storyline as mentioned above, and starts off when an actor apperently commits suicide at a small town in Florida. The game portrays itself in a theatre with a really creative way of changing scenes. Throughout the game you realize it has strong hints that the actor who \"suicided\" is similar to Tom Cruise and his love for Scientology. You play three different characters, two of which are reports Romana (who has a quirky personality), and Jack (who tends to be more belligerent). The last character is K.C. who is a detective with a more depressing outlook. Of course the player deicdes how exactly these characters will answer, so their personality can be slightly shifted. They spend the course of the time trying to figure out if the actor really was suicidal, or if there is a thicker plot yet to unveil. While it is a drama, there are a lot of comedic scenes that add to the game.

Gameplay, this is where the it is hugely lacking. The only things you can do in the game are select conversation options and move your character to a set point. I think I would like it more if you could explore the scenes. But again, its made to take place in a theatre and looking around scenary may take away from that ideal. There is about two/three puzzles in-game, but they\'re fairly easy to get. Its pretty idiot-proof to play, as you\'re pretty much just watching a movie.

I wouldn\'t buy this game for full price because I like my gameplay. But, it kills a few hours for a fun little \"movie\" per se.
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chanzilla
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I entered a raffle at the devs' booth at PAX East 2016 and won a key to play the game for free. I enjoyed the little bit of time I spent with it during the con and intended to complete the game afterwards and leave a review, especially since I won the raffle (i NEVER win things!).

+ unique delivery
+ interesting visual effects
+ engaging voice acting
+ fitting noir soundtrack
+ replayability due to choices & achievements

- lengthy transitions between scenes
- constant distracting and annoying notifications pulling you out of immersion (at the beginning of the game)
- awkward models
- slow pace
- not enough character development? too many characters i didn't care about

I'd recommend the game to those itching for a noir story to follow along.
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defunctroyalt
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I wish I was able to give this game more credit, because when it does things right it's very enjoyable. However, there's enough to hold the game back that I wish there was a neutral thumb. It's not strictly bad, but there are some serious negatives.

The game is a select your own branching narrative styled game that follows a murder mystery taking place in the Florida Swamps. Think Carl Hiaasen like feel if it were a novel. For the first act of the game it seems to follow this pretty well, a strong drama with some action and black humor to keep things varied. But the next two acts seem to lose sense of what the game was about and the final act feels like it is rushing to close up all the loose ends the first two acts used to keep us wanting more.

Positives:

+Technical: The game worked just fine on my computer. No problems to speak of.
+Soundtrack: The soundtrack is amazing and easily worth listening to on it's own. It cements the feel and tone of the game.
+Time: If you want a quick play, you can easily knock this game out in a few hours.
+Sense of Humor: The game isn't afraid to poke fun at itself.
+Visual style: The game looks great and has an original feel thanks to the stage like atmosphere.

Negative:

-Dialogue: Ranges from "okay" to "please stop talking."
-Storyline: Starts strong, but then it seems like it can't decide if it wants to be funny or not. Rushes into an ending.
-Time: If you wanted a longer game, look elsewhere.
-Characters: While interesting at times, they vary from stereotype to just nonsense.
-replayability: few of the choices truly seem meaningful and there is little incentive to play again after the first time.

Ultimatly the game isn't worth the $19.99 it has right now. Wait for it to go on sale and only if this genre of game is something you really love.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Knee Deep is an interesting mystery adventure game where you essentially play as the director in a stage play called Knee Deep. The play revolves around the death of famous actor, Tag Kern. At first glance, it seems like it would be an open-and-shut suicide case, but three characters soon dig deeper and together uncover a conspiracy involving the entire town of Cypress Knee.

The game immediately strikes you with its unique presentation. The art style is pretty and the way the camera moves as well as the cinematography really makes you feel that it's a stage play. The characters even transition through scenes, which while it could be considered as padding, really cements the idea that you're directing a real stage play instead of just playing a video game.

The characters are endearing, too. I especially liked Romana, the blogger. Of course, you kind of dictate their personality through the choices and how they say certain things, so it's easy for me to make the characters likeable. Some might find some of the characters cliche'd or typical, however.

The mystery of the game is also pretty good and keeps things tense. The pace of the story-telling is great and really makes you want to find out what happens next. There are also some small puzzles that are fun distractions from the pretty heavy tone of the rest of the game.

A small complaint I have, however, is the wonky controller support. At least at the time of this review, the controller only recognizes input when your mouse pointer is near the choice area, which isn't exactly ideal as you're then blocking a portion of the screen. Hopefully this can be patched in a later update.

Overall, I really enjoyed Knee Deep and I would recommend it to fans of adventure games as well as for those looking for a nice mystery.

What I played: The full game in about 5-6 hours
Like: The story, the art style, the overall presentation
Dislike: Poor controller support.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
I entered a raffle at the devs' booth at PAX East 2016 and won a key to play the game for free. I enjoyed the little bit of time I spent with it during the con and intended to complete the game afterwards and leave a review, especially since I won the raffle (i NEVER win things!).

+ unique delivery
+ interesting visual effects
+ engaging voice acting
+ fitting noir soundtrack
+ replayability due to choices & achievements

- lengthy transitions between scenes
- constant distracting and annoying notifications pulling you out of immersion (at the beginning of the game)
- awkward models
- slow pace
- not enough character development? too many characters i didn't care about

I'd recommend the game to those itching for a noir story to follow along.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Knee Deep is an ambitious take on the interactive movie (Telltale 'em up) formula. The twist here is instead of being inside a TV show, you choose your own adventure inside a stage play. This allows for some novel cinematography and very clever, well-paced scene transitions. The mechanics are no different to anything else in the genre, but by embracing the idea of the player being the director rather than an actor, the more tedious walking from point A to B aspects of the genre are removed, which lets you focus on the story.

Unfortunately, although the plot has all the right ingredients - corruption, rednecks, mythology and a down on his luck private ♥♥♥♥ - it never quite comes together. I am not sure if it is the direction of the voice acting or the script itself, but it feels like the characters never really react to one another. The dialog is somehow missing whimsy, given the absurdity of the whole setup. The second and third acts go a bit more in a self-consciously theatrical direction, but it's not enough. That's a bit of a shame, because as mentioned the concept is incredibly strong, and both the set design and the music is excellent. It's definitely worth giving this a playthrough just for the ideas it brings to the table. I look forward to whatever the devs come up with next.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
The Short: I would recommend this game only if you love good storylines and are okay with lack of gameplay. Otherwise, you may be better off watching the game on a YouTube channel.


This game has a really good storyline as mentioned above, and starts off when an actor apperently commits suicide at a small town in Florida. The game portrays itself in a theatre with a really creative way of changing scenes. Throughout the game you realize it has strong hints that the actor who \"suicided\" is similar to Tom Cruise and his love for Scientology. You play three different characters, two of which are reports Romana (who has a quirky personality), and Jack (who tends to be more belligerent). The last character is K.C. who is a detective with a more depressing outlook. Of course the player deicdes how exactly these characters will answer, so their personality can be slightly shifted. They spend the course of the time trying to figure out if the actor really was suicidal, or if there is a thicker plot yet to unveil. While it is a drama, there are a lot of comedic scenes that add to the game.

Gameplay, this is where the it is hugely lacking. The only things you can do in the game are select conversation options and move your character to a set point. I think I would like it more if you could explore the scenes. But again, its made to take place in a theatre and looking around scenary may take away from that ideal. There is about two/three puzzles in-game, but they\'re fairly easy to get. Its pretty idiot-proof to play, as you\'re pretty much just watching a movie.

I wouldn\'t buy this game for full price because I like my gameplay. But, it kills a few hours for a fun little \"movie\" per se.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Every once in awhile, my game bundle problem leads me to something beautiful that I’d never heard of. Knee Deep is an adventure game, more in the vein of Telltale Games rather than a classic point-n-click adventure full of inventory puzzles. It’s a noir mystery set in the Florida swamp lands. More interestingly, the entire story is presented to you in the style of a stage play.

I played about an hour into the first act (out of three acts), and the game play thus far has mostly consisted of making dialogue choices, and deciding what news to report, and what spin to put on it. The game comes right out and tells you that you can’t lose, but it does let you know that what you say matters.

Throughout each act, you will have the chance to participate in the story through controlling the choices of three different characters. Knee Deep is a game on very rigid rails; you go where it takes you, and you become the person it tells you to become when it decides you should. For some people this is a turn off. However, if you can deal with the idea of this being more of a visual novel than a game, and that your choices really aren’t going to effect how the story ends, then I can’t think of a lovelier piece of interactive fiction currently available.

Knee Deep is visually stunning. At least for me, a fan of mysteries in any form, the story completely holds my attention. The characters – at least the playable ones – feel respectably fleshed out, although some folks you encounter feel more like caricatures than people. The voice acting is absolutely solid. There’s the option to use this nifty eye motion tracker, if you happen to have one.

This is a game I want to finish, but that I also want to savor. Completion time is approximately 5-6 hours, and it doesn’t feel like the sort of game that would have much replay value, at least short term. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if I revisited it down the line, when the story has become hazy in my mind.

With little to no replay value, and such a short storyline, I can’t in good conscience tell you to go right out and drop a $20 on this game. I absolutely think it’s worth downloading the demo, and making that decision for yourself. If you can find it on sale for $10 or less, I would absolutely, unequivocally recommend it, just for the experience. When a game does so many things so right, it’s hard to fault it for not stuffing itself with filler just to provide more in game hours.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
I LIKED THAT IT WAS A PLAY AND THE MYSTERY WAS COOL
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Simple gameplay, simple puzzles. Not a bad story although ACT III turns into Quentin Tarantino-land.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2015
Knee Deep is an episodic murder mystery game following three protagonists who come together to solve the murders happening in their hometown of Cypress Knee. The setting is set on a stage and it's really surprising the first time when you see the buildings and environment being built right in front of your very own eyes. You as the player have some control over the three main characters of the play. I say some because I felt as though some of the selections that were given felt forced on me.

Anyways, there are choices you can make (in a form of news reports that you can send to your editor/boss), that will determine how other non-playable actors will react to you. Now, since there’s only one act, I am not sure how much of an impact my decisions will have on future acts so that is to be determined. I will update as more acts are added.

The characters are quirky, albeit strange at times but they all have unique personalities that set them apart from each other. I mean it’s not every day someone asks you to feed a raw chicken wearing a diaper to an alligator. (However, if this is an everyday occurrence to you, please call me.) Some of the dialogues are funny and the story is engaging. I believe it took me about 3.5 hours to complete the first act so it’s not too long.

I would recommend this game, especially since the price dropped to $9.99. The developers are pretty responsive to their players.

I’m not much for scoring but I suppose I would rate the first act a 7/10.

For your viewing pleasure, I uploaded my playthrough of this game on YouTube.

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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
Knee Deep is a highly entertaining and unique adventure game, set on theater stage, whee the acts play out in a typical theater fashion.

You can pick from a wide variety of dialog choices and can have large consequences down the line.
The voice acting is a great addition and the actors give life to the character's through their high-quality voice work.

Music in this game are some of the best and most atmospheric I have heard, in many AAA games on the market.
The graphics are great and have unique art style that really adds to the atmosphere.

Each of the character's have unique personality and personal story lines.
There is a unique blogging mechanic where you can post blog articles that will affect the attitudes of characters that you've dealt with along the way.

+ Unique setting & atmosphere
+ High-quality soundtrack
+ Fully Voiced
+ Multi Choice Dialog
+ Interesting Blog mechanic
+ Unique art style
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