Kathy Rain Review
Kathy Rain is an indie adventure game which takes place in the 90’s so it has an aesthetic that is reminiscent of the games of that era with 320×240 pixel art and hand-drawn environments. Clifftop Games from Sweden are the developers and the game came out on the 5th of May 2016.
It’s quite amazing to see a game that just got out and only requires 128 MB RAM, a 300 MHz Processor and 1 GB of HDD space. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do great things with such requirements since the game really manages to set the atmosphere and draw you in.
“Set in the 90’s, Kathy Rain tells the story of a strong-willed journalism major who has to come to terms with her own troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently deceased grandfather. Armed with her motorcycle, a pack of cigs, and a notepad, Kathy begins to delve into a local mystery surrounding her hometown that will take her on a harrowing journey full of emotional and personal turmoil.
As she follows a trail of clues he left behind, questions emerge… What was Joseph Rain really looking for that night all those years ago? What turned him into a mere shell of a man, confined to a wheelchair? What secret did a suicidal young artist take with her to the grave, and why are so many people in Conwell Springs going mad? The truth is dark and sinister… “
The soundtrack is great and the dialogue is fully voice acted so that is what makes the whole story so much more engaging. Adding to that are the wonderfully drawn backgrounds and a plot that is really well written. If you like detective stories then this one will certainly stir your interest and the point & click style of the game really brings us back to the 90’s when adventure games were coming out a lot more often.
The puzzles you encounter in the game aren’t very easy but you get many hints to help you and they will push the plot forward so it is really satisfying to solve them. The dialogue is straightforward through and this can be annoying for people used to multiple choices and various approaches to the game. In the end you will reach the same finale each time so there is no replay value for this, but that is the case with most of the adventure games anyway.
A story driven game is appreciated for the script first and Kathy Rain shines in that category, especially through the great voice acting and interesting characters. You can complete the game in around five to eight hours so it’s not very long and you can currently purchase it from Steam for $15. For us Kathy Rain deserves 8 out of 10 and really manages to bring us back to the adventure atmosphere of games like Full Throttle or Broken Sword.