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Just what is Kentucky Route Zero?

Picture an adventure filled with mystery and quirky humour, painted on a cartoon canvas, throw in some bluegrass music, and then you get a sense of Kentucky Route Zero’s heartbeat. It’s a point-and-click adventure game inspired by the likes of Monkey Island and the recent The Walking Dead by Telltale Games, which makes it right up my gamers alley.

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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. Gameplay is inspired by point-and-click adventure games, but focused on characterization, atmosphere and storytelling rather than clever puzzles or challenges of skill. The game will be released in five acts.

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

Source: Kentucky Route Zero Greenlight


Talking to The Verge, Elliot, explained the peculiar game title (Kentucky), "Tamas and I both love the culture of that area — bourbon and bluegrass, but also more contemporary stuff like indie music from Louisville," he says. "Musically, there's actually a lot of exchange between Louisville and Chicago."

On the focus group for the game, Elliot said, "We don't expect it to have a huge mass appeal," says Elliott, "but we hope it will find a niche of people who want to play it, think about it, and talk about it. We hope people will stick with it for the full five acts and see where it goes."  

Regarding the gameplay, Elliott said, “the team was more interested in creating an interesting world filled with compelling characters. And the gameplay reflects that. A large part of the game is spent just talking to people.”

Game synopsis

Kentucky Route Zero follows the story of a delivery man named Conway, who stumbles across a number of different characters and scenarios while exploring the underground highway. The game is described as a "magic realist adventure" and it looks like Conway's journey will lead him into all manner of oddball situations — there's everything from rescuing a robotic country singer from a wayward security system to exploring a beached Civil War-era battleship that's now overrun with cats.

Source: The Verge

Check out this enchanting trailer for a peek into the magical world of Kentucky Route Zero

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