Kentucky Route Zero

released on Jan 07, 2013

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. Gameplay is inspired by point-and-click adventure games (like the classic Monkey Island or King's Quest series, or more recently Telltale's Walking Dead series), but focused on characterization, atmosphere and storytelling rather than clever puzzles or challenges of skill.

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

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An unforgettable cocktail of Lynchian Americana, third shift malaise, folk music, and magical realism,

having finally completed this game after a long period, I've come to realize how magical and unbelievably beautiful it really is. sure it's incredibly slow, entirely text-driven and lacks any real "game," but that's exactly what I love about it. the charm and uniqueness throughout each of the 5 acts/interludes captured me in its melancholic and alluring spell, which only became more prominent as I continued onward. learning more and more about the world and those who inhabit it was such an amazing experience for me, and I cherish it so much. some of the scenes are effective and too beautiful to even describe through words. On top of that, the writing throughout this entire game is FANTASTIC. it really elevates my deep love for writing and crafting meaningful and important stories. the way in which this story is told is done perfectly, as the nature of an elaborate play allowed the game to feel more thematic and immersive. I could seriously talk about this game for hours, and I really wish more games were like this. (also the music/sound design and visuals insanely are gorgeous, like wow).

Cancelei a Netflix e o Kentucky Route Zero foi junto.

I like surreal things, I like abstract things, I like slow things, I like reading, but there needs to be something for me to hold on to, man, to make it through something like this. Vibes and themes alone aren't enough.
You'll see this compared to Lynch - it bears absolutely no resemblence to his work beyond the superficial. Every single second of anything he has ever done, no matter how surreal, is animated by the most powerful and clear emotional core, and that is the point of the exercise. It's just as easy to tell what his stuff is 'about' as it is with this game, but he communicates it in feelings through image and performance - this game does it through dry, detached, opaque walls of text and deliberate tedium. One of those is a hell of a lot more compelling to me than the other.

Art style and ambiance are amazing
Game is the definition of zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz tho

A beautiful journey into the world of the zero, exploring themes of loss, captialism and death of the small town America, no matter how end it will never be a full happy ending.