The Franz Kafka Video Game in review: Burlesque is actually only the name.The Franz Kafka Video Game in review: Burlesque is actually only the name.

"Someone had to Josef K. slandered, because without that he would have done anything wrong, he was arrested one morning." So begins Franz Kafkas's most famous (unfinished) novel "The process". A bit similar is also launching The Franz Kafka Video Game, except that the country doctor K. is kidnapped in the game to America. If you would be terribly angry, you could well argue that the Kafka respect the game had already exhausted it, because what follows is mainly a collection of mini-games in one - admittedly - quite surreal story are packaged.

Our K. is from a man who looks like a parachutist and has remained seemingly suspended between rooftops, prompted by gunpoint to travel to America. One would have taken care of everything, the betrothed would be supplied, the dog could with. We need K. for a particular job. Below it's done via train and ship in the Wild West in order to look for the client.

Instead of great history there is easy puzzles - and each provides instructions after a certain duration of the non-solving.Instead of great history there is easy puzzles - and each provides instructions after a certain duration of the non-solving.

In law

Of course, Kafka is quoted here and there. Or rather paraphrased. We are, for example, later in the game before a kind of gatekeeper who does not want to just let go by us, a defining moment in "Before the Law." And of course we also find insects in the game. No Kafka without insects! But who "Franz Kafka" pinselt to the flags that should deliver more than insects. Developers mif2000 but has probably thought that the story just needs to be absurd and without any deeper logic to leave the inexperienced players this famous Kafka feeling. the player should solve but quiet in The Franz Kafka Videogame randomly strung together puzzles as he embodies a Kafka-waste and follows an outrageous story. After all, Gregor Samsa is in "The Metamorphosis" and without warning or any grounds for beetles.

In court

The riddles find time instead of in a dream world, sometimes in the supposed reality. We should shoot a monster with a howitzer. But until we have entered the correct character or letter combination in one machine, there's ammunition for us. Then we set the course so that our train can continue - until it stops in front of a cow on the tracks that we must remove with the help of an eagle. None of the puzzles is actually introduced. We get no history that Knobeleien are apathetic set pieces. Even as we stand and in America at a gate of the guards demanded a response from us, without having first asked a question, the subsequent Puzzle is unrelated to the storyline.

Some puzzles require a bit of mental work, while others seem to be designed to dull clicking around. Those who do not even come to the solution that can pull the tips for advice, which are made available automatically after some time. Again and again we wonder why the game The Franz Kafka Videogame is not easy »Brain Collection with absurd images." That would have worked just as well, if not better, in terms of our expectations.

The course can imagine, but we do not matter what the consequences. Try is announced.The course can imagine, but we do not matter what the consequences. Try is announced.

The judgment

The Franz Kafka Game looks very friendly. The stations are all lovingly drawn. The player is not just witnessed complex animations, but the style is charming in every case. In addition, the puzzles are very different from each other and present very different worlds, no matter whether they are real or just imagined. But where Kafka's stories are often painful, go to the substance of the reader, the plot and the theme from The Franz Kafka Videogame remains surprisingly sweet. It's kind of cute when the hare lost a girl is a shadowy figure at the end of which you construct in the dark, but it does not win any originality price. Any more than it's totally turned off or even Kafkaesque, ie unfathomable way threatening or scary.

In contrast to the terrible father in "The Judgment," I would not judge the game is equal to death. But I would recommend to share the game price by two and sit with a friend on the computer to toss together. The price-performance to love. The Franz Kafka Videogame makes me eventually, unfortunately, a little sad, because the title is an incredible variety of visual and narrative possibilities in view, but does not fit the implementation.

The main features are loud Steam absurdity and surrealism. Is bizarre at most that the name "Franz Kafka" is not protected and you can decorate a game so apparently at random, as long as it is just a bit turned off - which turned indeed is highly subjective. In short: Who is not familiar with the work of Kafka, who will also tell you more about it after the game.

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