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  • genre adventure / point-and-click / modern
  • download size 289 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 90 user ratings.
  • release date January 7, 2013
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.7.0 or newer) and Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Cardboard Computer / Cardboard Computer
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 2 wallpapers
  • Act I soundtrack (MP3)
  • Act II soundtrack (MP3)
  • Act I soundtrack (FLAC)
  • Act II soundtrack (FLAC)
  • Interlude - The Entertainment (PC)
  • Interlude - The Entertainment (Mac)
  • Interlude - Limits and Demonstrations (PC)
  • Interlude - Limits and Demonstrations (Mac)
  • Act III soundtrack (MP3)
  • Act III soundtrack (FLAC)

What's cool about it:

  • Acts I, II, and III are available now and the remaining 2 acts will be released over 2014.
  • 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 accompanied by ambient sounds as you wander the highways of Kentucky.


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.

Developed by Cardboard Computer (Jake Elliott and Tamas Kemenczy), the game features an original score by Ben Babbitt, along with a suite of old hymns and bluegrass standards recorded by The Bedquilt Ramblers.

The game is split into five acts. Act I, II, and III are available now. The remaining two acts will be released over 2014. Taken as a whole, Kentucky Route Zero is roughly the length of a summer night.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Processor 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended), Directx 9.0c-compatible 3D graphics card with 256 MB VRAM or more, 250 MB HDD, DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card, mouse, keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 512 MB of RAM Graphics: 256 MB of video memory with OpenGL 3.0+ support, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
Minimum system requirements (Linux): Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17, Processor: 1 GHz, Memory: 512 MB RAM, Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ compatible Patched to version v11

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Magical Realism At It's Finest

Posted on 2014-02-11 16:02:37 byElephantbrand's avatarElephantbrand:

If you are at all interested please go to:
These are free interlude sections where you can get a feel for the game and it's world. Play them and you'll be able to make an informed decision to purchase the game. More so tangentially related to the game, these don't contain spoilers soread more check them out freely.
This game evoked similar feelings in me as the best novels I've read. It drew me into it's world and made me imagine so much more. It's a gorgeous game, musically and visually. I could ramble for a long time about this game, but you should check it out for yourself.

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An Adventure With Choice, A Woman, A Man and His Dog

Posted on 2014-02-11 08:30:24 byorzene's avatarorzene:

Drive along a lonely rode at night as you enter into the distant back country far from civilization. You park your truck at an old Gas Station, and take some time to have small talk to a blind man. In the dark you see figures from the past lingering like shadows of memories.
Kentucky Route Zero is an adventure that takes it's ques from choose-your-adventure story books, and presentsread more it in a simple, minimalist fashion that blends 2D and 3D elements to create a beautiful splash of color and mood. The music and sound design are truly breath-taking, and the rode twists and turns and branches itself in ways you don't quite expect.
It's a point and click that can invoke both fear and joy. Are the souls of those miners truly free? Are those bears on that floor of the red brick office building watching your every move? You'll have to find out by playing Kentucky Route Zero.

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Quirky, Stylish, Unique, and Fantastic

Posted on 2014-02-11 07:44:15 bysparkyhodgo's avatarsparkyhodgo:

I've played through episode 2 and loved every codger, every silhouette, every old dog, every eagle in the woods, every bango-playing hillbilly, every burning tree, every bear on the fax machine, every crab wearing office equipment, and especially every moment. It's like another reality. I've never played another game like this, and I can't wait for episode 3. Get this.

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