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Kentucky Route Zero (2013) 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Kentucky Route Zero 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete. To complete all the chapters takes towards 10 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Coarse Langage.

CostsCosts

Kentucky Route Zero usually costs £18.99.
 

Kentucky Route Zero

Steam Store PC £18.99
Steam Store Mac £18.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/01/2013, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Cardboard Compy (@CardboardCompy)


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