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 (7 reviews) - 71% of the 7 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2016

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“A fine companion to the classic film. C. Kane is highly inventive and highly sassy. You can get married, and love is wonderful.”
4.46/5 – Google Play User Reviews

“C. Kane is a wickedly funny, old-school RPG minus the tedium.”
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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.

SECRET HINTS: To configure joysticks, press CTRL + J.

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

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: XP and up
    • Processor: 500MHz Pentium 3 Equivalent
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
    • OS: 10.5 and up
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Much can be argued about what makes an RPG an RPG, whether it's story-rich, battle-heavy, or fit with a cast of essentric characters (who all somehow get lumped into the category of hero, even though they may not wish to fall into that trap). C.Kane attempts to boil all of these RPG tropes down into a simple format and lean message about what actually constitutes the hero's journey and questions whether the hero is even really a hero.

Charles Kane is just your average RPG hero, well, media mogul with an absentee father if you want to get technical, who goes around town and listens to the pleas of townsfolk who wish him to locate their junk for them. Along the way, he fights monsters and bosses, as that's the only way he can please the people. But as he journeys from one corner of a post-apocalyptic United States to another, he gradually comes face-to-face with the greatest moral questions that an RPG hero can face: Is he doing the right thing?

C.Kane isn't just a game about killing monsters (even though it kind of is). It's a game that dives deep into a series of philosophical questions that challenge our understanding of what makes a good man good, or a good man into a monster. It's a game about moral choices, and deciding what makes a choice moral. It's a game about talking beavers, clowns, and hip-hop talking wizards. And it has a soundtrack that reminds you that, even though you are having to make tough choices about whether you should slay that monster or dump your wife for the "hot chick," you are still playing an RPG, one that should take only a few hours to finish.

Should you play C.Kane? Only if you enjoy a good story, thought-provoking character dilemmas, and don't give a lick about random battles, except for those against mega sharks, zombies, walruses, and pure evil.

Oh, and don't adjust your color. It's meant to be in black and white. It's based on a film from the 1930s after all. This applies only when clown mode is inactive.

If that's not convincing enough for you to buy, well, it's cheap, so get it anyway.
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50 of 81 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.

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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 15 people (33%) found this review helpful
7 of 21 people (33%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
The Citizen Kane of video games.
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11 of 39 people (28%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
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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15 of 51 people (29%) found this review helpful
7 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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