Reviews - Updated on April 3, 2022

I often repeat that in classical genres it is increasingly difficult to come up with something fresh and original. And the more pleasant and surprising is the fact that from time to time someone succeeds. For example, Fate of Kai is one of the most unusual adventures that I have seen. It unfolds on the pages of a comic book, where we determine by our actions what will happen on the next page and whether it will happen in principle.

Adventure Time

All locations in Fate of Kai are 160 pages of beautifully drawn comics divided into seven chapters. It tells the story of a young man named Kai, who, like Alice after a rabbit, ran after an unprecedented creature, and eventually found a strange chest, and he was tied to it with chains. Now Kai needs to deliver the chest to the castle on a distant mountain, having experienced many adventures along the way and overcoming many obstacles.

Fate of Kai: Review

Where only in fairy tales do not grow sunflowers!

He visits cities full of strange magical characters, plays cards with giants, fights black monsters, swims across a lake on the back of a horned turtle, looks for a way out of a labyrinth, and frees wicker men from the power of a huge toad that feeds on precious stones. Some adventures here evoke associations with famous stories and fairy tales.

Fate of Kai: Review

Are there any parallels with the legend of the sword in the stone?

But in general, this is, of course, a metaphorical story about adults who remain big children who believe or want to believe in fairy tales, exploits and magic – even if they are already middle-aged office workers. Therefore, the ending in Fate of Kai is unexpected, interesting and instructive in its own way.

Fate of Kai: Review

There are many colorful creatures here.

The power of words

Naturally, we are not just turning the pages of a virtual comic – from time to time we need to look for solutions on how to go further, how to open a door, how to overcome this or that obstacle, not to fall in battle, and so on. Some of the riddles are solved with the usual care and logic for quests. For example, it will turn out to find a way out of the maze or a way to spy on the cards that your opponent is going to draw. Or, by finding clues, we can figure out which veins with precious stones and at what time to work with a pickaxe so that our shift is “counted”.

Fate of Kai: Review

The puzzle with a pickaxe and stones, by the way, for a while – it is one of the most difficult in the game.

But the most interesting thing about Fate of Kai is when we solve problems with those words that are usually written in clouds over the heads of the characters. Here they can and should be manipulated, removing them and rearranging them. For example, we take the word “open” in one place and use it in another so that the hero opens the door. But, of course, everything is far from being so simple – as a rule, you need to not just take, but replace the word, having previously found another. Or go forward thanks to “open”, there take “look around”, “accept” or something else and return, otherwise the story will simply stand up and the page will not turn over.

Fate of Kai: Review

Here you need to insert the word “jump” in time.

Sometimes they are required to return to the past or to the pages of another story by clicking on the corresponding icon, and there take / change the word or, for example, adjust something (put a glass on the edge of the table) so that the situation changes for the better. So, among other things, it will be possible to distract the guard on the tower in the past so that he does not notice us in the present.

This is how the transfer into another story and back takes place.

The situations turned out to be interesting and twisted – many actions lead to different scenarios. Yes, most of them are either bad or dead ends – nothing will budge until we return with the right word. But still, it pleases how many forks the authors have drawn. And in the final there is also a choice – either to reconcile and accept the situation, or to return and try to change something.

Fate of Kai: Review

Well, isn’t this a fairy tale?

Recently, many games with the mechanics of word rearrangement have been released – you can also recall Nanotale – Typing Chronicles and Lost Words: Beyond the Page. And every time we get unusual, stylish projects. So Fate of Kai leaves a positive impression. Yes, the game is too short, literally for an hour, and is unlikely to become mainstream, but without such projects, development, movement and life in any genre are basically impossible. Yes, and you will spend this hour with great pleasure.

Pros: a fascinating fairy tale story full of adventures and unusual characters; an original concept that mixes the usual quest exercises and the mechanics of word rearrangement; great picture and music.

Cons: the game can be completed in just an hour; it is difficult to understand the logic of some riddles.

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