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The Franz Kafka Videogame emerging in April

A curious one

As Alice O'Connor awoke one morning from a troubled dream, she found herself changed in her bed into some monstrous kind of video game blogger. Oh bugger.

After making Shakespeare's Hamlet weird in Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement, Denis 'mif2000' Galanin set his surreal sights on more-modern classics. The Franz Kafka Videogame [official site] will arrive on April 6th, publishers Daedalic announced this week, smooshing the writings of Franz Kafka into one absurd puzzle-adventure game. Here, have a gander in this trailer:

Cover image for YouTube video

That's a hodge-podge of Kafkabits all right. A wander across worlds. Haven't the foggiest what it'll turn out like but I like the sound of a silly jaunt more than an over-serious adaptation. Here's your blurb:

"The protagonist named K. gets a sudden offer of employment. And this event changes his life, forcing him to make a distant voyage. To his surprise, the world beyond his homeland appears to be not as normal as he would think.

"Together with K. you will experience an atmosphere of absurdity, surrealism, and total uncertainty."

I once saw a flashy staging of The Metamorphosis with the set a cutaway view of their house and Gregor's bedroom upstairs rotated so the (bedroom) floor was actually on the (theatre) wall. With the help of straps and steps and a whole lot of muscle, Gregor would scuttle and skitter all over. A nice trick. Lovely music from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis too.

If you'd rather some serious nightmare bureacracy, North and Papers, Please are both cracking places to start. Kefkaesque is covered too.

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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