Knock Knock from developer Ice-Pick Lodge, is one of the many games that have featured in Steam’s Greenlight project. Where the Steam community vote for the games they would consider buying if they made into the Steam store.
So this morning I saw there was a 15% off offer ( continues until the 11th of October ) on the game, which brought the cost down to about €7,50, which is what, about the same price as a fancy coffee and a cake in Copenhagen. So yes, you guessed it.. click.. click…paypal account.. click and hit return. One new game added to my steam games account.
Got home tonight and install the roughly 500MB game. Closed the blinds, headphones on.
This game is best played with the lights off and headphones on..
Starting the game up and you are greeted with the configuration window. From here you can pick you graphics quality, from “fastest” all the way up to “fantastic”. You can also see or change your Keys option for movement and action.
There is a comic book / storyboard intro….
You wake up in a bed in the middle of the night…in a room of a strange cabin. You play the part of the latest of three generations of lodgers, that have lived and worked in the Cabin. From the start you notice the amount of detail that has been put into the game from the weight that has been placed on the sound effects, the background music of the game to the art of the characters and backgrounds.
There is a lot of text to be read ( can be skipped, but best to read it ) and the main characters voice, does get a bit like “ please shut up already”..but doesn’t ruin the game. The controls, well you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure them out.. left and right arrow keys or “A” and “D”, “Space bar” to interact with objects and to turn on and off for the lights in the rooms. You start to move around the cabin, trying to figure out what the hell you are meant to do and it does really feel like that. The haunting music and sound effects, are used to their fullest throughout the game. You use the action key to turn on/off the lights in the different rooms.. and suddenly… well this part you will have to play the game to find out what happens, I won’t ruin that on you. The main part of the game is to survive until dawn for each stage. From what I can see there is about ten to eleven stages of game play and puzzles.
I could write a lot more about this game, but I won’t as it would take from the whole feeling of the game.
So to sum up the first hour of ‘Knock Knock’..Is the game worth the price with the 15% off, Yes. Is this game worth the full price answer again would be yes. The developers have put together a game that will raise the hairs on your neck more than once,( and it did). They will have you walking around woods and rooms trying to solve puzzles and stay awake until the dawn.
Down below is a quick list of the gameplay details.
“The Lodger is wandering the rooms, evading the unknown, counting minutes till morning. But it’s only in the night that he can solve the main puzzle and find the answers. What’s going on? Are the guests real, or are they just figments of his insomniac imagination? What’d happened to the forest? What’s happening to the cabin? Is there a line between reality and imagination?
Hide! Play hide-and-seek with denziens of your nightmares.
Don’t look now! The goal of each night is to reach dawn while still sane.
Fill in the gaps. The house aids the Lodger. You only have to fix it up and keep it in order.
Seek. The Lodger has lost something very important. The reason for what is happening is somewhere inside. Everything that is happening can be explained, you only need to find the key and bring it to light.
Wait. In this game you need to watch and listen carefully. Inspect and scrutinize. You only have to last until the sunrise.
Follow the rules of the game! Of course you must first understand the game being played with you.