Kentucky Route Zero

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Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist adventure game about a secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky, and the mysterious folks who travel it.

The game is developed by Cardboard Computer (Jake Elliott, Tamas Kemenczy, and Ben Babbitt), and features an original electronic score by Ben Babbitt along with a suite of old hymns & bluegrass standards recorded by The Bedquilt Ramblers.

The game is split into five acts. Acts I, II, III, and IV are available now. The remaining act will be released when it's completed. Taken as a whole, Kentucky Route Zero is roughly the length of a summer night.

Key Features

  • A focus on characterization, atmosphere and storytelling rather than clever puzzles or challenges of skill.
  • A unique art treatment inspired by theatrical set design.
  • A haunting score accompanies the ambient sounds of the bluegrass state.
  • Wander the highways of Kentucky.
  • Make some friends before morning.

A while back, the BBC did a series on the trains that travel across the hills of India. These were services built during British rule, engines still humming along thanks to sheer determination. The last episode visited Shimla, the summer capital of British India, including the Chapslee Estate. It had turned into a small hotel, where the now-deceased Kanwar Singh spoke fondly of its charms. He described his services not as a business selling accommodation or food, but selling an "ambience" of a p...

2020-10-23

Looking back, I reckon Kentucky Route Zero‘s third act might’ve been the best of the lot. That it was the act to introduce wandering musicians Johnny and Junebug playing no small part in that impression. This week, the fictional duo took their music out of the supernatural road trip with an EP full of sad robot love songs – a perfect soundtrack for getting lonely with on these rainy October afternoons. (more…)

2020-10-03

I adore Kentucky Route Zero. Likewise, I adore the pieces on this site that discuss it. Alec’s review in particular is incredibly articulate, goes into a lot of depth, and comes from a place of passion for the game. The discussion of Kentucky Route Zero generally, however, can be somewhat overwhelming to trawl through as a newcomer, and in order to fully take in much of what Alec Meer and others have written about Cardboard Computer s point-and-click interactive fiction, you d have to pour...

2020-02-03

Developer: Cardboard Computer Publisher: Cardboard Computer Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam, GOG Price: 19/$25/ 23 (season pass) This is the story of a journey s end. But no homecoming can have meaning in isolation from the voyage that preceded it. This is why offering some critical judgement upon the fifth and (as far as we know) final Act of the interstate dream odyssey that is Kentucky Route Zero is an exercise in absurdity. It cannot be separated from what came before, nor from ho...

2020-01-30

Act V of Kentucky Route Zero is now available! This major update also includes all of the 'interludes'; free, experimental games which we published between acts & fill in the story and characters from different perspectives. We've also made many enhancements to the game, including localization into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Korean & Japanese; full audio captions; and adjustable text size. This update also adds Steam Achievements for the first time! The three of us (Jake, Tamas &...

2020-01-28

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:
  • OS:Windows 7
  • Processor:1 GHz
  • Memory:512 MB RAM
  • Graphics:Directx 9.0c compatible video card
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:250 MB HD space
  • Sound:Sound card

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:
  • OS:Windows 7
  • Processor:1 GHz
  • Memory:1 GB RAM
  • Graphics:Directx 9.0c compatible video card
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:250 MB HD space
  • Sound:Sound card

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:
  • OS:OSX 10.5 Leopard
  • Processor:1 GHz CPU
  • Memory:512 MB RAM
  • Graphics:OpenGL 3.0+ compatible video card
  • Hard Drive:250 MB HD space
  • Sound:Sound card

LINUX SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:
  • Processor:1 GHz CPU
  • Memory:512 MB RAM
  • Graphics:OpenGL 3.0+ compatible video card
  • Hard Drive:250 MB HD space
  • Sound:Sound card
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