ENKI is a repeatable horror experience about escaping, featuring multiple endings that will ensure you that every playthrough will be a bit different from the previous one. In only 30 minutes find your way to freedom through occult symbolism, mysteries and discoverable secrets... Survive or die!
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Mixed (57 reviews) - 68% of the 57 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 31, 2015

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ENKI is a repeatable horror experience about escaping, featuring multiple endings that will ensure you that every playthrough will always be slightly different from the previous one, whether you as a player succeeded in escaping or not. Find your way to freedom through occult symbolism, mysteries and discoverable secrets.

For success is not guaranteed. Locked up in a dark cellar the player only has a short time to figure out what has happened and how to escape from the clutches of a dangerous serial killer. By finding items and solving puzzles the player can escape, but because of the smart randomization this will prove a challenge every time.

Your most likely ending is a horrible and painful death. But should you be able to find a way to escape, you will be granted one of the many different endings depending on how many secrets you managed to unlock while escaping. Also, there may be more than just the most obvious way out…

While exploring and finding your way out, you will uncover more information about the serial killer holding you. Ancient occult magic and mysteries will be revealed to you, and you will discover that there is far more at stake than just your life…

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-530 @ 2.93GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 @ 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8 / 64-Bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.30GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 @ 4GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
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Mixed (57 reviews)
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✪ Claudiu
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
this game literally changed my life :) even though this game is not even starting or working on windows10, i need to admit it has some badass gameplay. whats best than a game that doesn't even start? worth the 10 euro spent.
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✤MAYA✤
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Good Game !!!
Short but I really enjoyed it.There is Fearsome environment but nothing to be scared. This may be interesting for play to unlock achievements.
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Viktoria
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Awesome
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Belphegore
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Set in the dark, gruesome basement of a serial killer, Enki is a horror title that is largely based around solving puzzles. You will have 30 minutes to figure out your escape route, and find all of the items that you need in order to do so. The game boasts a high replayability factor on the store page, due to randomly generated item placement and supposed multiple endings.

Usually, I like to talk about the gameplay and story first in any game that I review. However, Enki's optimization is so absurdly abhorrent that I must start with this topic. Even on a high end rig such as mine (specs in profile), you will only see a maximum of 22-25 FPS; despite having the graphics on medium or ultra. If you do play with graphics on low, the game takes on a faux 16-bit quality, where everything is so pixelated it's neigh impossible to play; but you will get a whopping 28-33 FPS on this setting. Despite whatever you choose, the game still runs choppy and stutters. The developer has even said in the forums that they released a patch late last year that boosted the framerate of the game "by 100%", so the title must have ran at 10-12 FPS before.

The set up for Enki is fairly decent, the basement that you're locked in is creepy and has a very obvious occult vibe to it. There are books on demons, alchemy, and sorcery scattered throughout the area, along with cryptic symbols and notes. You have 30 minutes to gain your freedom, and to do so you must solve easy puzzles; most of them simply involve finding keys, but some require you to find other items such as sharp nails, fuses, and large circular tokens. If you happen to find the certain key that unlocks the cellar prior to the end of 30 minutes, you will have made your escape; if you fail, you will ultimately die. It's a simple concept with a simple execution, but the random item placement does make the experience different every time.

While the store page does talk about multiple endings, there are four, the only difference is the headline of the newspaper at the end; escaping with mild knowledge, all knowledge, no knowledge, and death. As well, the only random generation in the game are where items are placed. Once you know what you're looking for, and the places to look in, the game becomes very simple and easy to beat. Although once again, the frame rate makes it difficult to do anything as quick as you may like.

I am personally baffled at how this game has a mostly positive rating of 73% at the time of writing. Enki is nothing more than a mediocre experience plagued by extremely awful optimization. The developer even seems satisfied to settle for <30 FPS, and a game that will randomly crash with a fatal error whenever it feels like it; thus rendering your entire playthrough nothing more than a waste of time. The idea behind Enki is good, escaping from the clutches of a serial killer in a timed environment does make for a rather intense gaming experience, but the execution is deplorable. I got this one on sale for $3.29 CAD, and I feel that I did nothing but flush my money down the toilet. Avoid at all cost, unless the developer decides they would like to raise their standards.

Rating: 1.0/5.0 - It's bad.
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Mr.RoBoT
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3
I had 5 hours of playtime for steam cards only.
The game took me like 25 mins to finish it on my first try. I played it again, and it took me around 5-6 mins to beat it.
It doesn't tell you the story and what you have to do, no voice acting, unpausable, and worst of all, the FOV is so low (which you can't change it) makes it difficult to find for the items.

few things I liked are the graphics (Unreal Engine 4 awesomeness) and how the count down timer made me panic thinking that I won't make it.

but yeah, its really short and I don't think it worth $10

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Gretch_n
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
I'm fairly lukewarm on this game. At it's core, this is an escape room simulator rather than an all-out scare fest. While I appreciate Enki's puzzle content and straightforward goal (gtfo before the clock ticks down), I can't reccomend it as a memorable horror experience.
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Discalceate
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14
This makes baby Jesus cry.
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syruphant
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2015
The game is short: 30 minutes ! Count 1h because you don't beat it the first time. And it's 10€. Heum.
But it is also weak. You don't feel the pressure, and/or the presence of the psychopath. I even though that the character we inpersonate is schizo and has locked himself there, since we feel so lonely.
So it's not scary, the puzzle are simple, the control not great. You can't configure the keys !! The game is translated in french, but you can't play it with a french keyboard, ridiculous.
Don't buy it, really.
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sandwyrm
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 9, 2015
Not compatible with Windows 10, crashes on startup and developer provides support only for Windows 7 or 8. Do not purchase if you use anything else as they are not supported.
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Arcades
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 19, 2015
Simple but nice. Definitely worth.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Good Game !!!
Short but I really enjoyed it.There is Fearsome environment but nothing to be scared. This may be interesting for play to unlock achievements.
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47 of 68 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
I do recommend this game.


Although only on the first level:

Pros:

*good graphics.
*use of Xbox 360 / Xbox One controller compatibility
*also out for the XBOX One so made 'Next Gen'
*spooky Atmosphere.
*developers put a lot of time and effort into this. making it look nice, but also immersive gameplay.
*puzzles - can see them getting harder as gameplay commences.



Cons:

*same old story.... The Devil, Jesus, Crusification, some SAW concepts too.
*not always obvious what you can pick up and what you cannot (although this could be a positive too)
*not been really scared yet, but only on the first level, expected more Jumpy moments even on the first level. I think I’m too impatient though.
*crashes/ freezes/ bugs (the random gameplay idea is great and a positive, however when it crashes and you have to play over again, it's annoying because you can't just repeat what you did previously to get to where you were when the game crashed.)

Overall, I want to play more, I want to be scared, I think it will defo scare me, I'm gunna play again when it gets dark. The bugs haven’t been too bad for me - compared to what I’ve heard from other people, I do use a powerful PC so I don't know if that may be the reason; anyway once they get that fixed, as mentioned by other people, the concept of the game is good. I say this but the story/concept is nothing you haven’t seen before and is not original enough (for me) to make it stand out from the rest... For the price it is, and the enjoyment I’ve had so far - it gets a 'YES - I do recommend'

*****************EDIT*****************
After more play time/research.
I now know that there are no 'levels' however there are multiple ways to play/complete the game. Having finished it, I don't think I’ll be returning to try the other different /alternative methods.

So, in conclusion, if you have a few spare £ or $ and are bored, this is a great time killer, sadly nothing more.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
I like the setting, I did like the puzzles and I even like the graphics, but the advertised "extensive randomization system" is a total joke so there is actually no real reason for playing it again and 9.99€ for 20 minutes of gameplay is clearly overpriced. On top of that comes that it has been crashing for me three times before I could finish my first game (no save feature, so I had to restart every time).

Without the crashes (that seemingly not everybody has) I would recommend it for 4,99€ or less, but for 9,99€ I would have expected more randomization or a second map.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Set in the dark, gruesome basement of a serial killer, Enki is a horror title that is largely based around solving puzzles. You will have 30 minutes to figure out your escape route, and find all of the items that you need in order to do so. The game boasts a high replayability factor on the store page, due to randomly generated item placement and supposed multiple endings.

Usually, I like to talk about the gameplay and story first in any game that I review. However, Enki's optimization is so absurdly abhorrent that I must start with this topic. Even on a high end rig such as mine (specs in profile), you will only see a maximum of 22-25 FPS; despite having the graphics on medium or ultra. If you do play with graphics on low, the game takes on a faux 16-bit quality, where everything is so pixelated it's neigh impossible to play; but you will get a whopping 28-33 FPS on this setting. Despite whatever you choose, the game still runs choppy and stutters. The developer has even said in the forums that they released a patch late last year that boosted the framerate of the game "by 100%", so the title must have ran at 10-12 FPS before.

The set up for Enki is fairly decent, the basement that you're locked in is creepy and has a very obvious occult vibe to it. There are books on demons, alchemy, and sorcery scattered throughout the area, along with cryptic symbols and notes. You have 30 minutes to gain your freedom, and to do so you must solve easy puzzles; most of them simply involve finding keys, but some require you to find other items such as sharp nails, fuses, and large circular tokens. If you happen to find the certain key that unlocks the cellar prior to the end of 30 minutes, you will have made your escape; if you fail, you will ultimately die. It's a simple concept with a simple execution, but the random item placement does make the experience different every time.

While the store page does talk about multiple endings, there are four, the only difference is the headline of the newspaper at the end; escaping with mild knowledge, all knowledge, no knowledge, and death. As well, the only random generation in the game are where items are placed. Once you know what you're looking for, and the places to look in, the game becomes very simple and easy to beat. Although once again, the frame rate makes it difficult to do anything as quick as you may like.

I am personally baffled at how this game has a mostly positive rating of 73% at the time of writing. Enki is nothing more than a mediocre experience plagued by extremely awful optimization. The developer even seems satisfied to settle for <30 FPS, and a game that will randomly crash with a fatal error whenever it feels like it; thus rendering your entire playthrough nothing more than a waste of time. The idea behind Enki is good, escaping from the clutches of a serial killer in a timed environment does make for a rather intense gaming experience, but the execution is deplorable. I got this one on sale for $3.29 CAD, and I feel that I did nothing but flush my money down the toilet. Avoid at all cost, unless the developer decides they would like to raise their standards.

Rating: 1.0/5.0 - It's bad.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2015
Enki is a repeatable first person horror game. Unless you’re completionist, gameplay is less than 30 minutes but the story is compelling enough to allow an enjoyable second or third playthrough even. I’m intrigue about why the player character was kidnapped so I played the game about 4 times to search for documents and info about the previous survivors.

The level itself is short. We gather items such as keys, which are needed to escape the experiment-like dungeon. Items are randomly placed. The area itself doesn’t change in subsequent playthroughs. Puzzles are simple because the game does give you clues for them (they’re scattered around the area.) They’re not difficult to find. There is a time limit of 30 minutes and that might be daunting to some but I thought it’s enough time to search for all the items needed to escape the place.

The story is told through texts and details on the environment. I believe the kidnapper is collecting samples because there were other people who were in the same boat as us but they died. Probably due to the not being to able to complete the tasks laid out to them. I still have no idea what the experiment is about but I know it has an occult nature to it (If the developers are reading this, please enlighten me with this information.) There are multiple endings so multiple playthroughs are encouraged.

The “scare factor” of the game is 4. [On a scale of 1-10, 1 being, “me looking for something to scare me but couldn’t find it, no matter how hard I tried” and 10 being, “I ♥♥♥♥ my pants, I should’ve worn a diaper”] So 4 is, “the game tried.” Ambient sounds like pipes hissing and footsteps are startling for a first run but it’s not frightening. It has great atmosphere but there is no visible threat. Most of the time, I was just scaring myself.

Graphics looks fine but it’s not as optimized as I would like. My specs are GTX 970, i7-4790S, 12 GB of ram…so on and so forth. I had slowdowns in some rooms, especially when I’m looking at any kind of light source (that’s what I’ve noticed, anyways.)

I will recommend the game but get it on a sale. That’s how I feel about it. Thanks for reading.

TLDR

Pro:
- Intriguing story
- Multiple endings so playing the game a few times is encouraged.
- Good Graphics
- Great Atmosphere

Con:
- Not scary but sometimes startling
- Needs optimization
- Short

By the way, before you depart, if you have the time, check out my video of me fooling around in Enki.

Enki Video
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
I had 5 hours of playtime for steam cards only.
The game took me like 25 mins to finish it on my first try. I played it again, and it took me around 5-6 mins to beat it.
It doesn't tell you the story and what you have to do, no voice acting, unpausable, and worst of all, the FOV is so low (which you can't change it) makes it difficult to find for the items.

few things I liked are the graphics (Unreal Engine 4 awesomeness) and how the count down timer made me panic thinking that I won't make it.

but yeah, its really short and I don't think it worth $10

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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
Enki has its atmosphere spot on. To begin with anyway. After you struggle free from your incarceration in a pitch black pit, you find yourself locked in what looks like a truck stop renovated for the glory of Satan. Dingy black corridors branch off into grime encrusted rooms decorated with morbid effigies of Christ, Biblical scrawlings and several objects that point towards your surroundings being the lair of a serial killer who is utilising blood sacrifice to incarnate the Sumerian life god of the title, Enki. Very little of what you read or pick up will be of any use to you; it's up to the player to ascertain which ghastly objects are needed to progress. You'll have to work fast though; a thirty minute timer is forever counting down, even in the pause menu.
That's where the innovation ends for me. The 'repeatable experience' tag amounts to nothing more than key objects being moved to randomized locations each time you restart the game. Sometimes you'll find four objects clustered together on one desk, other times you'll have to comb the ground in the pitch black to find a rusty nail. There are six endings to track down but it feels hardly worth it when the only thing they entail is a newspaper headline.
Despite the somewhat optimistic marketing of its replay value, I wll recommend Enki for fans of the genre. It's worth a playthrough or two. Just don't expect any endgame satisfaction.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg6B0I-FT5w
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
An overall intense ride, ENKI is a decently made survival horror. Sure, the graphics are amazing, but the audio is what will really get you. I believe it is more of a psychological horror rather than a jump-scare type horror. The game is only repeatable to a certain extent - once you have seen all of the endings or believe you have seen them all, you lose interest. This feeling also furthers when you solve all of the puzzles. You have 30 minutes to escape the hideout of a serial killer who also deals in rituals and summonings. In the end, this game is more of a puzzle game than a horror game, but the work put into it is good enough to deliver.

Here is my full playthrough:
SPOILER ALERT. MY VIDEO DOES INCLUDE ONE OF THE ENDINGS, I RECOMMEND PURCHASING AND EXPERIENCING THIS GAME YOURSELF. IT IS EXTREMELY SATISFYING TO SOLVE THE PUZZLES.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjX6qxuT6ZQ
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2015
I only have one notable criticism to make of this game, and that's that the price is a little overboard. Depending on how lucky and/or smart you are, you may actually "finish" this in under an hour or two. But for all you penny-pinching fuddy-duddies out there, there ARE these things called Steam Sales, and they happen a number of times a year.

All that aside...WHAT A GAME! The ATMOSPHERE! The GRAPHICS! The SOUND! The SETTING! The SCENARIO! Enki is, essentially, a first-person adventure game in which you have thirty minutes to find your way out of a Satan-lovin' serial killer's lair, and despite the fact that there is no strict "danger" until that thirty minutes is up, the fact that the clues/objects get spread out randomly each time you play (and are often in pretty dark nooks and crannies, easy to miss the first or even second time) means that it will probably take MOST of us several efforts to find success.

So in theory it's very short, but the idea is that you should probably learn a little more each time about what kind of clues/objects are required to escape, and you won't just be able to bee-line it to each object and get the ♥♥♥♥ outta Dodge by your second attempt or anything. I personally found myself getting a little "further" every time, until I finally succeeded on my third attempt (and even then, with less than five minutes to spare). It's certainly a tense race-against-time, even if it's low on the ever-controversial "jump-scares". And there's plenty of achievements to get - I'm still only at 40% as of this writing - so there may well be some replayability if you're determined to get your value-for-money.

Oh, and for the first time ever: You know how a lot of post-Amnesia games have objects you can pick up and hover and rotate in front of your face, for no discernible reason other than to add a bit of "world"-y atmosphere? For once, this actually seems like a RELEVANT MECHANIC...you'll understand when you play. Which you should, if you're in any way interested in horror and/or adventure games. Let's hope the devs keep going in this direction, and make a more full-length game of roughly this style and calibre. I'll be first in line to buy it, I tell ya. Even if it's NOT on sale.


Verdict: 9/10.
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19 of 30 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
Not scary, not challening, not fun. They say that it is replayable, but all that means is that they annoyingly scatter the same clues to the same boring (and easy) puzzles over the small dungeon-cellar map you find yourself in. It crashed a few times for me before I perservered in finally getting this game over and done with. They give you 30 minutes to "escape" - it can be done in under 5 minutes. The graphics are bad. The sound is bad. The only thing I liked about it were the pencil drawings you find scattered around the cellar.
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