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The Franz Kafka Videogame – Where adventure meets absurdity

Years ago, I stumbled into an English translation of one of Franz Kafka’s works (you can find somehere). I can still recall how fascinated I was with the absurdity of the world he created. Most of what I read was beyond me, but there was a ‘feeling’ to the words that slipped right into my soul. Kafka lodged himself into some corner of my mind where a question remains to this day.

I have been “Kafkaesque,” and whenever I encounter that feeling, I am reminded of everything that is wrong that you cannot explain. I know, sounds mad. Someone finally made e a videogame about a surreal world from the mind of Kafka, and you can play in on April 6th.

“The Franz Kafka Videogame is an original puzzle/adventure game inspired by the writings of Franz Kafka. 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,” reads the official description.

Denis Galanin (mif2000) is the mind behind The Franz Kafka Videogame, (distributed by Daedalic Entertainment), you might recall his previous game, Hamlet, which was praised as a work of genius. His latest creation not only looks incredible, but it’s sure to provide hours of mind-boggling entertainment. The Franz Kafka Videogame is described as a place of “adventure and absurdity,” and “puzzles and surrealism.”

I am already in love with the art and music. The above picture reminds me of a scene from Twin Peaks’ Red Room and promises a place “both wonderful and strange.” The music in the trailer immediately tugs at the heart, and one can feel that pull towards this bizarre world.

According to the developer, The Franz Kafka Videogame has “No inventory. No Boss battles. No RPG features. Only Absurdity and Surrealism.”

I am so in. The Franz Kafka Videogame already won a few awards, including the 2015 Intel Game of the Year Award. I’ve added it to my Steam wishlist, and I hope pre-orders open soon. It is a must play for lovers of the absurd.