Playing Kafka

Video game Playing Kafka © Goethe-Institut / Charles Games

Together with the independent game studio Charles Games, the Goethe-Institut has developed a video game that brings Kafka's literary world to life in virtual space. Available in Czech, German, English. And completely free!
 

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About the game

In the Playing Kafka video game, you can immerse yourself virtually in the mysterious world of Kafka's novels. Through engaging dialogues with characters and interactive puzzles, players embark on a Kafkaesque journey.

What choices would you make if you were Josef K.? Each choice affects the course of the game and the story. Playing Kafka encourages players to actively engage in the narrative and opens space for individual reflection on Kafka's work in the context of today's world.

Playing Kafka is an excellent educational video game that introduces students to the work and life of Franz Kafka in a creative way. There is also extensive accompanying teaching material.

The first module of the game, which is based on Kafka's novel The Trial, is available for free in a PC (Windows) version in English and Czech (see below). The full version of the game, which also includes modules inspired by Kafka's Letter to the Father and The Castle, will be released in May 2024. It will be available for free to the public on mobile devices (iOS, Android) and for PC (Windows, Mac OS) in three language versions: Czech, German and English.

Playing Kafka was developed by the Goethe-Institut together with the independent game studio, Charles Games. The project was supported by the National Recovery Plan of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, funded by the European Union.
 

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Further information & Contact

If you would like more information about the game, or you would like to participate with your students to test the game and teaching methodology, please subscribe to our newsletter or email: Monika.Loderova@goethe.de.
 

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Playing Kafka was developed by the Goethe-Institut together with the independent game studio, Charles Games. The project was supported by the National Recovery Plan of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, funded by the European Union.
 

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