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Kentucky Route Zero (Series) Review
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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist adventure game in five acts. This means that you explore a deep and rich world backed by haunting electronic music and hymns to unfold a story of unpayable debts, abandoned futures, and the human drive to find community.

You simply tap or click the background to move around and interact as you follow the story of a truck driver named Conway and the strange people he meets as he tries to cross the fictitious Route Zero in Kentucky to make a final delivery for the antique company for which he works.

There's a lot of text to read and at times it feels like an interactive novel (in a good way). It doesn't have the usual puzzles or challenges of other games and instead focuses on storytelling and atmosphere. You control conversations and can choose the destination of your truck. This doesn't alter the narrative but does affect the texture of interactions and relationships.

It was originally published episodically over a span of years, the TV Edition collects all five acts along with the interludes, which were originally published separately.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 07/01/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Cardboard Compy (@CardboardCompy)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. To complete all the chapters takes towards 10 hours.

CostsCosts

Kentucky Route Zero usually costs £12.59 to £20.99.
 

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £12.59
PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99
Switch Store Switch £20.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. Kentucky Route Zero is a game in five acts, made over several years. Although you could originally by acts separately, it's now available for PC and Mac as "PC Edition" and on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox One as "TV Edition". These two editions include all five acts as well as the free 'interlude' games we made between episodes.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 12 for infrequent use of mild language. The game contains occasional use of mild language such as the word ‘*!@?*’.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Kentucky Route Zero Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@CardboardCompy) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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