Keen is a sliding puzzle game with turn-by-turn tactical combat and a hint of adventure!



Guide Kim, a grumpy little girl raised by her grandmother to save the world on her journey to stop an evil corporation from destroying her village.



Innovative controls and fluid gameplay allow players to choose their own pace, whether fast as a hack'n'slash or methodic as chess.


It’s fresh gameplay to a classic genre - moving and attacking are the same thing!





In a remote village where everyone is given a specific role, Kim was chosen as their guardian. Peace reigned for centuries, and the warrior role was a mere tradition tracing back to ancient times of conflict.


Soon after Kim turned twelve, a distress call was sensed by her trainer - her own, adorable grandmother - who ordered her to protect the village against an impending attack.


Kim was sent to fight without even knowing what violence was. Following a trail of brainwashed minions and high-tech robot soldiers, she would soon find herself in the middle of a world-domination plot carried on by an evil corporation.



Keen's main innovation lies in its turn-based movement and attack mechanics. Slide our tiny hero vertically and horizontally to move her around puzzly rooms, or to slash through enemies with her mighty blade. Combat relies on precision-planning of enemy placement - a fresh take on the tactics genre.


  • 6+hours of NON-FILLER content

  • Unveil Kim's story as she tries to save the day!

  • Discover secret items, unlock new gadgets and get special powers!

  • Slash your way through more than 20 unique enemies! Also...boss battles!

  • BIG, maze-like dungeons, spanning from mysterious forests, dark catacombs, top-secret underwater labs, orbital military outposts, and pretty much anywhere fiction can lead us!

  • Special collectibles that can be combined into perks and powerups such as telekinesis, teleport, deploying traps and many others.


Keen art is all about immersion. Hand-drawn, detail-rich worlds with occasional visual gags aim at telling a story without using words. We're crafting our assets to be as tasty as possible!


We've already been approved on Steam Greenlight AND the Square Enix Collective!




"Keen is not a bad idea."
-- Steven Hansen, Destructoid


"Managed to catch my attention and awaken an addictive interest."
-- Bruna Penilhas, IGN Brasil



"It might just be the hidden gem that you didn’t know you were looking for!"
-- Amy Graves, Square Enix



"Quite interesting. I like it very much!"
-- Piotr Ivanicki, SUPERHOT



"We're keen on this adventure puzzler."
-- Jenna Bensoussan, Gamer Portal

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A Bit on the Story

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A Bit on the Story

As I said a couple posts ago, the dashing moves and slashing attacks of our character got us flirting with the idea of making it about a ninja. That was further endorsed by Nando’s admiration (more like fanaticism) for feudal Japan. I’m not saying the game actually takes place in real Japan (or in the past), as the world of Keen is all made up; we just wanted to have a well-established aesthetic to our hero that could convey the values of respect, dedication, hard work, honor, and all that Hollywood ever implied to medieval Japan. It is a trope, I know, but we’re using it mildly, like George Lucas did with the samurai in Star Wars.

Another thing we quickly decided was that our hero would be a girl named Kim (now THAT’s an intended pun!). There’s not much to say about why she’s a girl — we just felt like it — but a lot to say about how to make a female character that wouldn’t perpetuate gender stereotypes, which is a subject for a whole post on gender representation in Keen.

Finally, the setting. Keen is a clash of the Eden-like village where our heroine has always lived, with the corrupting power of a highly industrialized, techno-megalopolis, represented by the evil Chikara Corporation. All enemies are either robots produced by Chikara, or people brainwashed by it. Everything practical comes from the City, whereas all things mystical are from the village. This rather satirical take on globalization was probably infused in my head after watching a bit of Koyaanisqatsi/Powaqqatsi/Naqoyqatsi/Baraka with Frango. Again, Keen setting should become a post of its own.

Speaking of Frango, now that’s a nice guy to have around your projects. Frango is Keen’s Art guy, but he surely does a lot more than that. He also was responsible from taking Keen from this:

To this:

The Evolution of Keen

The Evolution of Keen

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Sometimes it's hard to get the complete concept of a game. It can be a long way to go. The evolution of Keen shows some of our inspirations and references...

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Keen Prologue (Pre Alpha Demo) - Win

Keen Prologue (Pre Alpha Demo) - Win

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This is the demo version of the game with the core gameplay and a link to our Indiegogo campaign. We hope you enjoy!

Mac: Keen Prologue (Pre-Alpha)

Mac: Keen Prologue (Pre-Alpha)

Demo

This is the demo version of the game with the core gameplay. I hope you enjoy!

Windows: Keen Prologue (Pre-Alpha)

Windows: Keen Prologue (Pre-Alpha)

Demo

This is the demo version of the game with the core gameplay. I hope you enjoy!

Keen Prologue (Pre Alpha Demo) - Mac

Keen Prologue (Pre Alpha Demo) - Mac

Demo

This is the demo version of the game with the core gameplay and a link to our Indiegogo campaign. We hope you enjoy!

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Ofihombre
Ofihombre

I have tested the demo of the game, and obviously there have been very good strategies and supersonic defeats of the enemies.
Do you intend to publish this game on PS4 and XBOX one?
What if you ever try to publish it for the Nintendo Switch?

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Ofihombre
Ofihombre

I can sum up this game, is that the female protagonist, Kim, with her dark hair & with fuchsia glitter, She looks like the human niece of Calie (Splatoon), And that is very fast fighting.
Why did you delete the demo from the game page? If not you have given yourself time to know more about the game. Well, at least it's on the official website.

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Zweihanded Creator
Zweihanded

Thanks for the description, Ofihombre –– Splatoon, eh! That's cool! :)

You can get the demo at the demo page, too!

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Ofihombre
Ofihombre

That's what I was going to say, but that answer would have to give the developer of this game (Wait, you are the developer! I thought you were an other person)
P.D: the demo is again available on this page (for now).

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Zweihanded Creator
Zweihanded

You can download the game at our website: http:www.catnigiri.com/keen

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