The trailer for a new indie video game based on the literary works of Franz Kafka has been released. You can watch it here below.
Titled The Franz Kafka Videogame, the game incorporates elements and themes from the 20th century author’s popular writings like The Metamorphosis and The Castle, and promises absurdity, surrealism, and puzzles.
The Franz Kafka Videogame comes from Russian developer Denis Galanin, whose previous game creation was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and is described as “A classic adventure game based on twisted Franz Kafka’s novels.” In the upcoming game, players go on a distant journey of uncertainty with a man named K and if it’s true to Kafka’s works, there will be plenty of melancholy, existentialism, and bureaucratic labyrinths of frustration incorporated into those puzzles.
The trailer looks as though it could have been created by Wes Anderson, so I’m guessing Galanin nails the Kafka vibe in his new video game. Screenshots from the game, posted at kafkagame.blogspot.com also reveal homage to the paintings of 20th century Belgian surrealist artist RenÃ© Magritte. Judging by the Kafkaesque look and feel of the trailer and the literary Easter eggs included, The Franz Kafka Videogame looks like it will be an interesting and fun (well, as much “fun” as a Kafkian adventure can be) game to play.
â€œThe Franz Kafka Videogameâ€ is a new adventure game by the author of an award winning â€œHamlet or the last game…â€. This time the plot is based on writings of Franz Kafka (â€œThe Metamorphosisâ€ and others).
The hero 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 the hero you will experience an atmosphere of absurdity, surrealism, and total uncertainty.
Look for The Franz Kafka Videogame for iOS, PC, Mac, Android, and Linux later this year.
In 2011, Quirk Classics gave The Metamorphosis a feline twist with their The Meowmorphosis. On July 6, 2013, Franz Kafka: The Complete Stories, which contains all of Kafkaâ€™s stories, including The Metamorphosis, as well as In the Penal Colony and A Hunger Artist, was rereleased.
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