Play the Knave is free to download.

To play, you will need a computer that runs Windows 8 or 10 as well as a Kinect camera and adapter. See below for more details about required hardware and to download our helpful user guides.

If you don’t have the necessary equipment, you can arrange to borrow them from our Equipment Loan Program.

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Download Play The Knave here!

Play the Knave is free to download, but your support helps us continue to develop the game by adding new content and features. To help support this exciting digital performance project and teaching tool from the UC Davis Modlab, click the Donate button below!

System & Hardware Requirements:

Want to Play the Knave? You’ll need the following hardware in addition to a large TV or projector/screen

  1. A PC computer that runs Windows 8 or 10. Most “gaming computers” will work, but the following are recommended specs for the PC you choose to run Play the Knave:
    • 64 bit (x64) processor
    • 8 GB Memory
    • I7 3.1 GHz (or higher)
    • Built-in USB 3.0 host controller (Intel or Renesas chipset)
    • DX11 capable graphics adapter (see list of known good adapters below:
      • Intel HD 4400 integrated display adapter
        ATI Radeon HD 5400 series
        ATI Radeon HD 6570
        ATI Radeon HD 7800 (256-bit GDDR5 2GB/1000Mhz)
        NVidia Quadro 600
        NVidia GeForce GT 640
        NVidia GeForce GTX 660
        NVidia Quadro K1000M
  2. A Kinect v2 motion sensor device (ASIN# B00YT168WA), the camera used for the Xbox One. Microsoft has stopped manufacturing these, but you can still find them through various distributors if you shop around on online. We are investigating options for additional motion sensor devices that would be compatible with our software. *Make sure you buy the Kinect v2, not Kinect v1, which will not work*
  3. A Kinect v2 adapter (to connect your Kinect to your PC). E.g ASIN# B07LH1V4XP. Microsoft has stopped manufacturing these adapters, but most non-Microsoft brands are compatible.

Play The Knave User Guides

For setup instructions, gameplay advice, troubleshooting, and more, check out our Player Manual below:

You can play from our existing library of scenes, or create and upload your own scripts! To use Mekanimator Scriptmaker you must open up the website: This site tends to work best on Chrome or Firefox. From this site, you’ll be able to make, edit, and save scripts for Play the Knave. These scripts will be formatted as JSRT files and are only editable within the Scriptmaker. For more detailed instructions, consult the Scriptmaker Manual below:

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