First-person puzzler Kairo gets demo, release date

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Abstract first-person puzzle game Kairo becomes a little less mysterious with the announcement of a release date – October 21st – plus a demo to cut your teeth on before the full game arrives in a matter of


We haven't mentioned Richard Perrin's atmospheric exploration puzzle game before, but if you imagine Myst – no wait, come back! If you imagine Myst, then replace the pre-rendered postcards with actual rooms full of actual objects, then you're halfway there. Add a haunting soundtrack and a suitably alien visual style, and you have Kairo. (Not to be confused with the origin of J-Horror .)

You can get the demo here , but if you're the type that likes to pay for things before you actually play them, a pre-order will grant you access to the beta build. Behold Kairo in all its ethereal glory below.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.