Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame is a puzzle platforming game for the PC. It is a unique spin on the traditional gaming experience. In Karmaflow, the game’s story is presented entirely in the form of a rock opera, sung by some of the world’s most talented rock voices.
You play as the Karmakeeper and it's your task to restore the balance in various mysterious worlds. Through an adaptive music system and sung narrative you will experience a truly unique rock opera.
- A unique blend of musical narrative and gameplay experience
- Extract from and infuse Karma to objects and beings to change their behaviour.
- An adaptive music system: your actions control the tone of the music.
- Explore five different mysterious worlds. Meet all the characters. Learn about their conflicts. Your actions determine the fate of each world
Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame started out as a student graduation project. The team behind Karmaflow strives to bring a new and unique way of telling interactive stories through the medium of videogames, and is taking it one step further by bringing the music of Karmaflow to the stage. With Karmaflow different disciplines are merged: it’s a fantastic rock-opera combined with the fun of games.
The combination of different disciplines is a difficult challenge because there has to be an even balance. A balance of how the music, the (visual) design and the interactive element play together. This concept of balance is also very prominently present in the story of Karmaflow with the Karmakeeper seeking to bring the worlds and the flow of karma to an equilibrium.
We are all fans of games such as Journey, the Zelda-series and the darker tone of Darksiders, and we’ve drawn inspiration from these unique fantasy-based art styles. From the outset it was clear that this musical style game requires a certain visual design. The symphonic and metal rock within the game play great together with the fantasy-based art style and the immersive narrative. The theatrical nature of the music lends itself perfectly for the grand and epic story.
Karmaflow was initiated by composer Ivo van Dijk in 2012, and started out as a graduation project for him and 12 fellow students of the School of Arts Utrecht. Since then the team has grown to include not only game designers, artists, programmers and the composer but also a business director, office administrator, marketing-guy, audio-engineers and a lot of volunteers... even a few interns. This group of enthusiastic people, who are working hard for little, now go under the studio name Basecamp.
Both Act I and Act II feature an impressive all star cast of international rock & metal singers and musicians from bands like Epica, Cradle of Filth, Textures, MaYan etc. The score of the videogame and live-show is performed by the world renowned Metropole Orkest (NL), the world's biggest professional pop and jazz orchestra.