While out traveling through the barren deserts of Utah a flash flood hits. Your jeep doesn't make it, and a split second decision decides if you live or follow your jeep into a watery grave. But making that choice is just the start of your adventure in Michael Sterling and Tia Orisney's survival-based interactive fiction title, Kane County. With only so much food on you and very little water, you must make wise choices as you scour the desert for any sign of life and ways to make sure your own life keeps on going. You have two choices for the type of character you are... a survivalist or an athlete climber. Each one comes with different benefits and weaknesses, but in the end it relies on you and what risks you care to take and the path you chose to follow.
There are two stats you must keep your eye on, your stamina and your water level. You can replenish either at any time by clicking on the 'water' or 'food' items in your inventory. However, you don't get to pick which food item or which water item you use. While it's not that big of a deal, sometimes your character will eat a more sketchy item first over, say, a granola bar. You need your stamina high if you want to be a bit more of a risk taker and do more climbing or physical things. The game automatically checks if your level is high enough and then lets you know the outcome. If either your food or stamina level runs out, your bones will be lost forever in the cruel wilderness. While you have to refresh the page to start all over, Kane County is one where you want to play through again. There are a lot of different risks to take, and you never know if it will be worth it or not. Sometimes you'll just want to go back to see if your choice was the best one. Not all the choices are simply right and wrong, and it can make it enjoyable to go and try again in this unforgiving land. So get your hiking boots on and grab your canteen because it's a long way to civilization.