Spoilers ahead obviously.
This is probably the closest thing I've ever played to something like Dear Ester or 30 Flights. Those games* just don't appeal to me. I usually like a lot more story or gameplay in my games and certainly more length.
KRZ to me is like a point and click, but without the terrible inventory management. There is no looking around the screen for object A and B, combine them to make C and use C on interactive object D to progress to the next screen. There are essentially just people to talk to, objects to interact with and a cold soundtrack. I'll get back to that later.
The gameplay isn't up to much. You read what people are saying, you click on some objects for more information and some stuff happens. But it's the stuff that happens that makes it interesting. Because the stuff that happens isn't being explained yet. And I want to know why it's happening. Some of it is a bit obvious such as #THIS IS WHERE THE SPOILERS ACTUALLY COME IN#
"I bet she's a ghost, I bet those people playing D&D where too and I bet if I go back to the gas station the attendant was never actually there". I never went back. I can be a bit of a coward when it comes to games that have scary/spooky elements in them and unknown to me this bloody game does.
When I came down from the house on the hill for the first time and there were silhouettes standing, in the forest, playing music befitting Deliverance, I froze. When I was in the mine I thought it would be a good idea to turn my torch off because the lighting in the game seemed impressive and I wanted to see would those little sparks light up much of the track. I regretted doing it when after each flash more and more figures appeared in the background making me turn my torch on. They were gone. At the end of the mine I for some reason thought I had to sit there in the dark, so I did. The music seemed to get louder and I just wanted Shannon (I believe?) to come back. Unless of course she wasn't coming back because maybe she was dead too.
Is everyone dead? Am I dead? Is my dog dead or alive and he's just visiting the last places he remembers his owner going? I don't know the answers to any of these, but I want to. So I think I'll be picking this up. I just canít decide if I want to go for episodic content or wait until the end and get it all at once.
Back to the sound for a moment. The audio in this game is great. It adds such great atmosphere to it. The visuals are nothing to be sniffed at either. I love that most of the time you're not going from screen to screen, but rather darkness lights up as you move around the one singular screen.
So who has played it? What did you think?
*For the purpose of this topic we will all just agree to call these things games so we do not diverge into yet another "Wot is video games" debate. Anyone who deviates from this agreement obviously didn't read this little part or has decided to troll anyway.