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.

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

Act V of Kentucky Route Zero has finally launched, ending a journey that many in the RPS treehouse have come to love. If you haven’t played the adventure game before, now is the perfect time to jump into Cardboard Computer’s mysterious trip through a secret highway below Kentucky – but don’t take my word for it, because almost everyone at RPS has had great things to say about this weird and wonderful game. (more…)

2020-01-28

Episodic adventure game Kentucky Route Zero will at long last launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 28th January, under the guise of its complete TV Edition. It's on this date the saga's fifth and final slice will also arrive for PC, where episodes have been dropping on Steam since 2013. If you're new to it all, Kentucky Route Zero is a point-and-click adventure seeped in story, set in and around an underground highway beneath US soil which is quietly used by all manner of pe...

2020-01-08

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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