An old-school, satirical game in the vein of classic Japanese console RPGs. Features talking beavers and Media Moguls.
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Mostly Positive (8 reviews) - 75% of the 8 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2016

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January 26

Mac and Linux versions now available!

C. Kane is now available for users on Mac and Linux systems in addition to Windows. May the good beaver guide you.

Meanwhile, keys are being sent out to everyone who bought the game in the Groupees bundle last year. If you're one of those users, you should have your code now or very soon!

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About This Game

C. Kane is a satirical short form (2-3 hours) turn-based RPG that streamlines the genre to its basics; fighting monsters, talking to people, playing dress up. Dungeons are minimalist, graphics are monochrome. Random battles are no more, bosses are numerous. A Shark guides the way. An original hip hop soundtrack provides the beats.

For years, video games have been moving further and further away from "toys" and more towards their one true goal: To Be Art. With C. Kane, the dream of a thousand indie game designers has finally been fulfilled. Critics have asked when games would get their own Citizen Kane; we have answered their question. The answer is right now,
in this game whose description you are reading.

Originally released September 2013, Kane is now all up in your Steam.

Soundtrack is available here for whatever price you wish!

SECRET HINTS: To change window size, use ALT + Enter or drag the window to expand. To enable Joystick support, press CTRL + J.

Warning: Contains rude language, mild monochrome blood, and ugly monsters.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP and up
    • Processor: 500MHz Pentium 3 Equivalent
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.5 and up
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (8 reviews)
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Herr Foxley
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
It's a game where you play as Charles Kane. Hence, it's the Citizen Kane of videogames by virtue of being a videogame based on Citizen Kane. That's the joke. However, even though this is a blatantly flippant joke game, it's tightly designed to achieve what it sets out to do without overstaying its welcome.

The RPG gameplay is minimalist to the point of its own minimalism being a running gag. The world map is not only so tiny it fits in a single screen, the overworld music itself is a rap track about all the locations on the map (there's about 6). There are no random battles, and of course, the battle music has some vocals about wanting to fight some monsters. Acquiring better gear and expanding characters' spell and ability repertoire is stripped down to the bone, yet still satisfying. The small amount of battle situations that occur in the game's 2-3 hours have just enough variety and call for strategic planning - usually by exploiting elemental weaknesses or smart usage of stat debuffs - to be interesting.

The story is farcical and full of pop culture references, as well as skewed references to Citizen Kane itself. It even upholds the lineage of Barkley Gaiden by featuring basketball as a token plot element. Actually, if you enjoyed the style of writing in Barkley Gaiden or Dog of Dracula 2, you'll probably feel right at home here.

It's worth the asking price if you can appreciate a surreal, crass, tongue-in-cheek short form RPG with a steady IV-drip flow of weirdness throughout, along with some occasional bursts of comic writing genius.
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Ikea
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
gud gem
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akasharose
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
C. Kane is an... interesting game to review.

From a gameplay standpoint, the game stands. The RPG mechanics are clear, present, your party is small and every character has a decent amount of strengths and weaknesses (except Leland, who has no weakness), and the bosses have some interesting gimmicks at times. It's challenging, but never too insanely difficult -- I think I died once in the entire game while fighting the hidden end game boss. The game is only about two to three hours long if you choose to explore the world, less if you just run through.

When it comes to writing and story, C. Kane is a love it or hate it. One thing that would DEFINITELY increase your enjoyment of the game is seeing the film Citizen Kane, as there are a few amazing references to the film and world. However, the writing occassionally gets a little flat, and just starts seeming weird for the sake of being weird. I wish there was a little more substance to the story, as I felt like it had potential that it didn't use.

The soundtrack is actually my biggest gripe in the game. It's very limited, and all the loops are very short. The songs are hilarious at first, but quickly become repetitive -- especially during some of the longer fights.

Overall, if you like the trailer and love puns and Citizen Kane, you'll likely enjoy the game. If you don't find the trailer funny, don't bother. It's a good game, but not one that I'd recommend to everyone I know.
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Geese
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
The Citizen Kane of video games.
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Poverty Island
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 26
This is a fabulous game. I first played C KANE in its mobile release early last year (before the debut of Undertale, for those making that comparison!). Graphically simple, but the sneaky writing and weirdo music were A+ stuff. I'm happy to report that this update is every bit as clever, with some genuinely poignant twists. And it doubles the content to boot! As for gameplay, the mechanics are deceptively simple -- there are more tactical possibilities hidden in here than in most modern, big-name RPGs. The battles are 100% scripted (no random encounters), so the game is polished, fast, and fun, without any of the grind and bloat that still seem to plague the genre. Great stuff!
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seph.au
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
After the success of "undertale", seems to be a run of 'satirical rpgs'. Maybe some of the jokes are going over my head but C. Kane just isn't doing it for me. Felt like a bunch of fetch quests jammed into a tiny map. No gamepad support is a rather big downside and while the soundtrack is quite well done, loops far too much and just became annoying not amusing. If steam had a halfway option I would select that due to pricepoint and some creativity, for now it's a downvote. Not saying others won't enjoy it either, just wasn't for me. First 15 below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNyJ1qYPgPY

Copy was purchased by me, for me. Looked interesting.
@dev gamepad support/achievements/cards should bring more punters.
(developer has mentioned gamepad support can be toggled with ctrl+J) -update
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crowe
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
didn't think it was funny
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Hodor
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
I got burped on by a shark, dated a beaver, and made a difficult MORAL CHOICE.

Pretty much the most accurate movie-to-game adaptation on Steam.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
49 of 79 people (62%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
After the success of "undertale", seems to be a run of 'satirical rpgs'. Maybe some of the jokes are going over my head but C. Kane just isn't doing it for me. Felt like a bunch of fetch quests jammed into a tiny map. No gamepad support is a rather big downside and while the soundtrack is quite well done, loops far too much and just became annoying not amusing. If steam had a halfway option I would select that due to pricepoint and some creativity, for now it's a downvote. Not saying others won't enjoy it either, just wasn't for me. First 15 below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNyJ1qYPgPY

Copy was purchased by me, for me. Looked interesting.
@dev gamepad support/achievements/cards should bring more punters.
(developer has mentioned gamepad support can be toggled with ctrl+J) -update
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
C. Kane is an... interesting game to review.

From a gameplay standpoint, the game stands. The RPG mechanics are clear, present, your party is small and every character has a decent amount of strengths and weaknesses (except Leland, who has no weakness), and the bosses have some interesting gimmicks at times. It's challenging, but never too insanely difficult -- I think I died once in the entire game while fighting the hidden end game boss. The game is only about two to three hours long if you choose to explore the world, less if you just run through.

When it comes to writing and story, C. Kane is a love it or hate it. One thing that would DEFINITELY increase your enjoyment of the game is seeing the film Citizen Kane, as there are a few amazing references to the film and world. However, the writing occassionally gets a little flat, and just starts seeming weird for the sake of being weird. I wish there was a little more substance to the story, as I felt like it had potential that it didn't use.

The soundtrack is actually my biggest gripe in the game. It's very limited, and all the loops are very short. The songs are hilarious at first, but quickly become repetitive -- especially during some of the longer fights.

Overall, if you like the trailer and love puns and Citizen Kane, you'll likely enjoy the game. If you don't find the trailer funny, don't bother. It's a good game, but not one that I'd recommend to everyone I know.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
It's a game where you play as Charles Kane. Hence, it's the Citizen Kane of videogames by virtue of being a videogame based on Citizen Kane. That's the joke. However, even though this is a blatantly flippant joke game, it's tightly designed to achieve what it sets out to do without overstaying its welcome.

The RPG gameplay is minimalist to the point of its own minimalism being a running gag. The world map is not only so tiny it fits in a single screen, the overworld music itself is a rap track about all the locations on the map (there's about 6). There are no random battles, and of course, the battle music has some vocals about wanting to fight some monsters. Acquiring better gear and expanding characters' spell and ability repertoire is stripped down to the bone, yet still satisfying. The small amount of battle situations that occur in the game's 2-3 hours have just enough variety and call for strategic planning - usually by exploiting elemental weaknesses or smart usage of stat debuffs - to be interesting.

The story is farcical and full of pop culture references, as well as skewed references to Citizen Kane itself. It even upholds the lineage of Barkley Gaiden by featuring basketball as a token plot element. Actually, if you enjoyed the style of writing in Barkley Gaiden or Dog of Dracula 2, you'll probably feel right at home here.

It's worth the asking price if you can appreciate a surreal, crass, tongue-in-cheek short form RPG with a steady IV-drip flow of weirdness throughout, along with some occasional bursts of comic writing genius.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
This is a fabulous game. I first played C KANE in its mobile release early last year (before the debut of Undertale, for those making that comparison!). Graphically simple, but the sneaky writing and weirdo music were A+ stuff. I'm happy to report that this update is every bit as clever, with some genuinely poignant twists. And it doubles the content to boot! As for gameplay, the mechanics are deceptively simple -- there are more tactical possibilities hidden in here than in most modern, big-name RPGs. The battles are 100% scripted (no random encounters), so the game is polished, fast, and fun, without any of the grind and bloat that still seem to plague the genre. Great stuff!
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
7 of 21 people (33%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
The Citizen Kane of video games.
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18 of 50 people (36%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
I got burped on by a shark, dated a beaver, and made a difficult MORAL CHOICE.

Pretty much the most accurate movie-to-game adaptation on Steam.
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16 of 53 people (30%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
didn't think it was funny
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