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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Release Date: Jul 6, 2015

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October 21

Knee Deep in Strange Florida No. 20

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:

Forget Batman’s Two-Face - meet Half-Head

Can she wear a corsage in jail?

Even snakes sometimes need an Uber

Florida man repeatedly calls 911, arrested

Burglars forced to strip by bike shop owner after break-in

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October 15

Knee Deep in Strange Florida No. 19

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:

Take Your Daughter to Robbery Day

Hoovering gas from your trunk sucks

Florida woman discovers deer aren’t Bambi

Here’s what the guy thinks about your “mutiny”

Defendant with delusions of grandeur

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“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

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SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Honestly did not expect to like it as much as I did, but into the second act I was already addicted! I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a choice based murder mystery game. The setting in the game was quite unique. I've never played a game set on a stage before so it definitely makes the game stand out more. I also have to give a big thumbs up to the soundtrack.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Product received for free
A big thanks to the developers for granting me a free copy. I've always wanted this game and I finally got my hands on it a short while ago, I love these kinds of games, adventure games where you're the leader and get to choose how the story progresses, the dialogue is amazing and well detailed, the story is beautiful and full of suspense, I would recommend this game to anyone who's into this genre, even if you're not, this game can get you into it!
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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.

Knee Deep Playlist
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
If you like games that are very focused on dialogue choice and don't mind a bit of jankiness, definitely check this out.

Knee Deep is an ambitious game with lots of unique ideas that're mostly well-executed. The game is presented as a play, with you being the lead actor in it. Not all the three characters that you play are very likeable, but the fact that you do play different people gives you an opportunity to play to varying character tropes and see how they mesh together. What really impressed me the first time playing this game is how the theatre theme is played around with in the visuals, in that locations look like parts of the same theatrical stage, and rotating it is how you transition from one scene to the other. The stage lighting gives the scenes a unique noir look that adds to the atmosphere and masks the relatively mediocre quality of the character models.

The gameplay is pretty straightforward point-and-click adventure stuff. You talk to NPCs, pick what to say, get information accordingly, and then move on to the next scene. Every once in a while, you get to single out a piece of information you either picked up from the world or from a conversation and then publish a report on it. The chosen tone of the report and subject matter affects the way some characters react to you later on. There's a couple of puzzles in there, but they're very minimalistic and obviously not the focus of the game.

The writing is quaint, intriguing, and mostly enjoyable, with some laugh out moments in it. Think Twin Peaks in Florida.

The lack of voice acting might bug some people, but I didn't mind it as much. I had trouble remembering who was who, and voice acting might've helped make the NPCs stick to mind more, but I can't imagine the budget of the game would allow the voice acting to be of a high enough quality to justify it being there.

The music amps up and slows down in just the right places, making the tense scenes even more exciting and the tedious ones bearable. What did take me out of the game a bit is the couple of bugs I had here and there where the characters would just stand there and do nothing, but the game autosaves often enough that it wasn't a big hassle.

Overall I had a great time with the game and can't wait for the second act.

Update: Haven't had the time to play through the second act all the way through yet but from what I've played, the plot is progressing as well as before and the voice acting is decent. Stil, I prefer playing with it turned off since I end up reading the dialog faster than it's being spoken and I'm glad that's an option.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
The 4.4 hrs on record was the time that it took me to play through this game once, entirely. I wanted to review this from Act 1, but thought it would be better to save it until Act 3 was released. Now that all the acts have been released and played I figured now was the perfect time.

I personally really enjoyed this game. It's more or less a simplified point-and-click game where all you need to do is really press 1 of 3 buttons to make decisions in game. The characters of this game are also wonderfully written and funny. On top of this, the whole game takes place on a theatre stage with you as an audience member who is also the director (somehow) who decides many of the lines in the game.

I would personally say that Act 1 starts off a little slowly (but considering the game is set on stage like a play, this is expected) in that not much really begins to happen until the very end of Act 1. In my opinion from the second half of Act 2 to Act 3 is where everything ramps up dramatically. To me, the entirety of Act 3 was the best part of this game.

I'd recommend this game to you if you're looking for an episodic style game where you don't need to be paying attention 100% of the time as there are (thankfully) no quick time events.

My only complaint would MAYBE be the current price of it. It was £10.99 (UK, full price) at the original date of posting this review, and for something that took 4.4hrs to complete. But then again, you get SO MUCH of that value in Act 3 alone. A definite recommendation from me!
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
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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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
Knee Deep is a bizarre game from its artstyle, narrative, and themes, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Knee Deep tells the tale of three different characters all investigating an apparent suicide. The story takes place in the back waters of swampland Florida. There are all sorts of strange characters all with possibly shady pasts and even shadier motives. From Remy who keeps telling you useless facts, to the strange religion that seemingly is connected to everybody. These characters and interactions is what makes Knee Deep rich. The basic mechanics of the game are simple, this is a visual novel with an interesting aesthetic. You go through the game talking to many characters trying to find out what really is going on. What makes Knee Deep unique is that you form the narrative in many ways, from inner monologue to the back story of certain characters. Things can play out many different ways and it adds a lot of replay value. Occasionally I found the animations and the way conversations ended rather odd. This could be due to Knee Deep being a stageplay that you are watching. As far from a technical standpoint everything works well but increasing the shadow quality of the game caused massive frame drops. This became noticeable and I had to lower the quality to get a smooth game. In all this isn't your usual style of Visual novel, It tries to be different for better or worse. If you come into this expecting a traditional visual novel or something more akin to Telltales games, you may be disappointed. On the other hand if you approach this, curious about weird characters and an unusual murder mystery you might enjoy Knee Deep. It also helps that there is two more acts coming that are completely free with the purchase of the game.

I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
I hope you enjoy!
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
A sort of choose your own adventure mystery set in Florida. Great voice acting, music, story. Lots of drama, not for people looking for 'action'. Would recommend for fans of point and click, visual novels, and noir.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Update #2:
I can't believe I'm revising my review once again but after finishing Act 1 (life has gotten in the way of playing - always a drag), my enthusiasm has only increased. As with a good film, I'm swept up in the story and the mechanics of its telling. I really wanted to sit through the credits that cleverly display when you choose a "bathroom break" at the end of the Act. I'm definitely looking forward to Acts 2 and 3 but as importantly, the next project this team tackles. I hope they can remain viable. I've been a gamer for over 50 years and it's rare to see a game that so expertly captures my other passions: movies and theater. I've enjoyed such cinematic games as Life is Strange but Knee Deep nails the emotional experience evoked by the best of the arts. It is a gaming masterpiece.

Please note the dev's comments that I am wrong regarding length of Act 1. That would indicate the length, with all three acts, is good. Regardless, I bought it even though I thought it might be short.

Orginal review:
For those of us who love cinematic games, this is a terrific addition. It deftly provides the cinematics in a theatrical manner that is graphically dynamic and highly unusual. The characters are a bit stiff and rough in comparison but that doesn't detract from the visceral pleasure of advancing an interesting story line. With sublime lighting and evocative music, Knee Deep has flair to spare. And for those who may be put off by earlier reviews citing lack of vocalization, know that the devs have listened and supplied voiceovers to great effect. I've also noticed they have responded to most, if not all, of the reviews here which generally signals devs who really care. If you're on the fence, just play the demo. That's what hooked me. Even though the game may be short (the demo is supposed to be all of Act 1 and I finished it in less than two hours), I decided these devs deserve support. There are some reviews that compare this to Telltale games but I think in many ways, Telltale and other "choice-oriented" adventure game companies could learn from these folks.
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5.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
Excellent story. Puzzles are kinda lame. And really not enough of them to keep engaged.
Posting of reports in act 1 is a great mechanic but there should be more consequences for what you post.
Monroe saving the day by drive the tractor - STUPID.
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14.2 hrs
Posted: September 3
I adore this game! Your choices won't radically change the story, but each important decision (even unimportant ones) decide how others act toward you, minor conversation topics, and on some occasions you pick who lives and who dies. Aside from that, the story is interesting and the fact that it's all set out as a play adds a nice unique quality to it. I've always been a fan of noir and I'd say Knee Deep captured it well in a more modern way.
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7.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
This game is innovative, dashing in its theatrical art direction, superbly voice acted, and carefully crafted. So why the thumbs down?

First, because the gameplay is stilted. You cannot wander around and explore: it's just one dialog choice after another. Which could be OK if not for the pretense--suggested by the dialog choices--that you control these characters in some way. So do you or do you not? It's frustrating that when you finish a dialog you feel like you really want to go back and question another witness again. But that's not the way the game's belligerently linear path takes you. The beautifully crafted setting screams for exploration, but there is none.

And let's examine the dialog choices: only some affect the story, and of those few seem to allow you to control the personality of the characters, but then they're all over the place. You can make a character nice, callous, weird, or kind in any given encounter, and switch whenever you like. It's completely schizophrenic, except that there's no penalty for being inconsistent. Nor is there a reward for consistency. It simply doesn't matter what you choose, and soon enough you will stop caring. This is not a role-playing game. It's not even a choose-your-own-adventure game. All you really need to care about is making sure you don't choose something that will cause to miss out on some of the story. That's a pathetic amount of investment.

So, how's the story? It gets too convoluted too quickly, but also predictably so. You just know that there will be plot twists. And since you can't control anything about the game, your role is just to be patient and wait for the next, yawn, surprise. The script is often preposterous: people get murdered while bystanders stand by and make sarcastic comments; strangers confess deep personal secrets and then move on to talk about real estate projects; everybody seems to be obsessed about their moms. There's so much snark packed into this game that I feel encouraged to be snarky about the game itself. But ain't nobody got time for eye-rollings: negative reviews are the way to go!

Finally, this game is unoriginal: it's a lot like Kentucky Route Zero, just placed in a different southern state and with a different visual concept. The mood is copied, as is the idea of switching between characters, and even the surrealist vibe. It's disappointing that a team as creative as this one seems to be unable to come up with their own concept. (Offensive, even: there might be a case for plagiarism. Even though there's what I think is a homage to KR0 in the end.) It's also strategically bad to copy, because it begs the games to be compared, and KR0 comes out so much more mature, captivating, and exploratory. Where KR0 is poetic, Knee Deep is art-school pretentious.

This is all a bit harsh, perhaps. I did enjoy the game, to an extent, as a bit of poorly written but nicely produced theater. But I was very annoyed by the game's flaws, and believe that others will be annoyed, too. I just can't recommend it to anyone I care about unless they really ran out of things to play.

Also: thank you, devs, for supporting Linux! Except that you didn't allow for v-sync and the tearing is abominable.
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5.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Very interesting game. I love the overall concept. People tend to compare it with the latest Telltale series and yes, that's somewhat justified. However, I am by far not as carried away as compared to e.g. Telltale's Game of Thrones or Square Enix's Life is Strange. Maybe it's the lack of quick time events, not sure.
Nevertheless, a great experience and certainly recommended to fans of the genre.

When reading reviews, I always keep an eye on the amount of time people played a game, so want to add that I am a comparably slow player and just finished the first act in about 2.5 hours.

Also, great to see that such beautiful games run flawlessly on Linux!!
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2.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
A unique experience. A choose-your-own-adventure play. Pretty good writing and passable voice acting. Overall worthwhile and interesting.
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12.9 hrs
Posted: July 30
More and more videogames are following the "interactive story" model that's been popularized by Telltale, and among these, it's good to find that lower-budget productions, such as this one, can still manage to bring something new to the formula.

Gameplay-wise, Knee Deep keeps to the basics (low interaction with the environment, high amount of choices pertaining to character development), but what sets it apart, besides its Twin Peaks-esque setting, is its extremely theatrical direction. The characters wander from stage to stage, while buildings open and close like pop-up books to make way for them. They proclaim their lines (often in rhymes), self-conscious of being actors in a play, sometimes breaking the fourth wall, and the other three as well. I haven't seen this kind of staging in any other game, ever. A lot of current videogames take their inspirations from cinema, but this one works like a theatric play, and I hope I'll see more games going down that route.

+ Extremely original direction
+ Twin Peaks-like atmosphere with weird characters
+ Replayability through dialog choices
+ Some dialog choices make the game feel like a VtM:Bloodlines Malkavian playthrough

- Slowdowns now and then, particularly during minigames
- Somewhat low production values (though I find it contributes to the atmosphere)
- Kinda short for its price (but I got it in a bundle, so I won't complain)
- Act 3 feels a bit rushed

9/10 Rough around the edges, and lacking a bit of polish, but culturally significant for the evolution of videogames as a storytelling medium.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: July 27
I love the conceit, but the actual game is lacking. $22 for 3 hours of game - and it *really* should have been five acts. As it is, what should play as a tense, interesting drama instead feels like Rocky Horror. Needed more character writing, more mystery, more everything. The "noir" only lasts as long as the first episode.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: July 25
I'm a big fan of good stories (and this one's great) but I have my problems with visual novels since my role as "player" is too passive so I still prefer a book instead - in this case I had a blast following the story because the interaction with choices (which rly matter) and a few puzzles seems just perfectly balanced while following the plot - the idea of using a theatre-setting is "just" the cherry on the cake ... and it's a damn good cake indeed^^
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