Kalaban – PC Review

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
Developer: Rayhouse Productions
Publisher: Rayhouse Productions
Release Date: Dec 30, 2016
Edited by KnightAvenger

Unknown events have left a stranger from a far away land stranded with no means of escape. After waking up to strange noises, only to be met with a monster that has to be brought down with an ax, there is only one thing to do and that is to escape from whatever is happening in hopes of finding safety. The thing is there is no means of escape without going into the danger.

With Kalaban being a horror-based game, setting and atmosphere can make or break a game. Thankfully, both the setting and the music create the perfect environment. Your character is an American who lives in Finland and is named Bob. Bob can be witty at times with some of the lines he says being references or jokes about other characters like his neighbor whom he does not like. The music is perfect for the game, causing the right sense of dread while the player is on their journey to try to escape in a vehicle. The map is one of a small Finish village complete with saunas. The village is full of danger, such as monsters and cultists out to get you.

Game play is pretty simple with it being a top down perspective. The game is made for the mouse and keyboard, as the devs have said that there is no plan for controller support. You move with the keyboard and use the mouse to aim and interact with whatever the cursor is over being described. The reviewer’s problem is that some of the interaction has to be spot on in order for the right click to register the object, leading to the cursor being on the object, but the game doesn’t recognize that it is wanting to be interacted with.

As you progress through the game, you get quests or objectives to complete that will progress you in the game ultimately to escape in a car to safety. If you try to leave town on foot, it is an instant game over screen. The quest has you interacting with different survivors in the town, ranging from a drunk bartender to a lady standing naked on a peer waiting for a creature to come out of the water. Some of the survivors give you key objects to complete quests or ask for help in finding others.

Combat in the game is hit or miss with some encounters feeling as though the game is being very forgiving while other encounters feeling very unforgiving and cruel. Luckily, if the player dies, the last entrance to the stage is what your character is brought to and it restarts from that point. The game has five weapons, ranging from an ax all the way to a smg. Ammo for the weapons needs to be conserved, seeing as some enemies can only be killed with guns or make it extremely difficult with the ax.

The game itself proved to be very temperamental when it came to running. After I was first given the game, it refused to actually launch, refusing to run past the initial launch screen with multiple antivirus software flagging it as a virus and refusing to let it run. For some unknown reason, it decided to launch after a very long delay one day after refusing to multiple times. The game did crash multiple times.

The game does seem to be a very good game that gives off a good atmosphere and knows how to create tension but also knows that comedy is needed. The overall progression of the game will keep the player wanting to advance to discover the real reason behind the events that are happening. The reviewer would suggest this to anybody who likes survival horror.


  • Simple controls
  • Great atmosphere
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Great sense of story telling


  • Encounters vary in difficulty
  • Some of the quests are hard to understand what to do

Sargefan19 gives Kalaban a Drastik Measure 8 out of 10 (80)

Kalaban is currently available on Steam for $9.99 (USD).