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[Kentucky Route Zero] An old hound in a straw hat. Both have seen better days.

Mr. GMr. G Registered User regular
edited January 2020 in Social Entropy++
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Conway drives up to an old gas station right off the 65 in the middle of Kentucky. Lights're off, but there's an old man sitting right there by the pumps, so it can't be abandoned. Gotta fill up and get some directions to Dogwood Drive. These antiques won't deliver themselves, you know. Old man tells Conway he's gotta take the Zero to get to Dogwood, and there's one problem with that: the Zero's not a simple highway to find.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gGQOaz1xFOo

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.

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

Available On
Amazon
Humble Store
Steam

Soundtrack Available on BandCamp
Act I
Act II

Also Available
Limits & Demonstrations, a free sidestory and demo between Acts I and II

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    HunteraHuntera Rude Boy Registered User regular
    I did act 1 a couple nights ago and that was somethin'

    Gonna wait to do Act 2 til I get home and can wear a pair of headphones to drink in that atmosphere

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    Mr. GMr. G Registered User regular
    Act III probably won't be out until at least like September and that is killing me

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    godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    Act one thingy that we'd spotted before:
    When you're in the mine, turn off your lantern while you're on the tram and watch the areas around you when the sparks like the area up

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    HunteraHuntera Rude Boy Registered User regular
    I cannot wait for next summer when this game is fully released and I can sit in a dark, quiet room and relax while just absorbing this game.

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    Mr. GMr. G Registered User regular
    I fully expect to replay every act released right before playing the next one

    Hell, I might play Act 2 again tomorrow and I just played it today

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    H0b0manH0b0man Registered User regular
    I just got this when it went on sale this week.

    I'm torn between starting it now or waiting until all the chapters are released.

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    Mr. GMr. G Registered User regular
    H0b0man wrote: »
    I just got this when it went on sale this week.

    I'm torn between starting it now or waiting until all the chapters are released.

    You'd be sitting on it until at least next January if you wanna wait for the whole thing

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    Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
    it's worth noting that episode 1 and 2 don't really... go right into one another

    the episodic structure is very obviously being considered in the making of KRZ, and playing each episode as it comes out should be just fine

    the way each episode has ended, it's like they designed for you to have a little break between them

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    this game is a whole lot of what the fuck

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    MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    Dangit guys this game is so cool

    how about that music

    like damn

    it is so cool

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    Mr. GMr. G Registered User regular
    Just to be clear here

    Blue is the one true dog name

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    H0b0manH0b0man Registered User regular
    Vann Diras wrote: »
    it's worth noting that episode 1 and 2 don't really... go right into one another

    the episodic structure is very obviously being considered in the making of KRZ, and playing each episode as it comes out should be just fine

    the way each episode has ended, it's like they designed for you to have a little break between them

    If that's the case I'll probably sit down sometime tonight and play a chapter.

    Looking forward to it with how much it's been hyped up.

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    Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
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    Helpless RockHelpless Rock Registered User regular
    Bedquilt Ramblers is quite possibly one of the greatest name for a bluegrass band.

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    Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
    edited July 2013
    alright now everyone post their
    computer password poems

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    Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
    i actually had to go refresh myself on what the options were but
    I talk and listen to him talking.
    It's late.
    It will only get later.

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    Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    Mr. G wrote: »
    Just to be clear here

    Blue is the one true dog name

    nonsense

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Want this game so bad.

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    I LOVE THIS GAME SO MUCH

    EVERYTHING ABOUT IT

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    Mr. GMr. G Registered User regular
    Mr. G wrote: »
    Just to be clear here

    Blue is the one true dog name

    nonsense

    Let's find common ground

    People who don't name the dog are monsters

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    miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    I kind of blasted through Acts I and II, looks like there were a ton of scenes I missed. Dunno if I should try different replays or wait and play through the rest of the episodes first.

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    miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    Vann Diras wrote: »
    i actually had to go refresh myself on what the options were but
    I talk and listen to him talking.
    It's late.
    It will only get later.
    Mine was pretty similar
    The stars drop away.
    It's late.
    It will only get later.

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    MachwingMachwing It looks like a harmless old computer, doesn't it? Left in this cave to rot ... or to flower!Registered User regular
    Vann Diras wrote: »
    i actually had to go refresh myself on what the options were but
    I talk and listen to him talking.
    It's late.
    It will only get later.

    I had the same one.

    I have to say, the first part of Act 2 kinda dragged on a bit too long, but man KRZ really is something else.

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    VeldrinVeldrin Sham bam bamina Registered User regular
    I played through the first episode of this slightly drowsy and alone in the cool dark hour of 3am this morning and I'd have to say that that is the perfect way to play this game.

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    Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
    a lot of people seem to be down on the opening of act 2, but i really liked it

    especially once you start to frame the game in terms of
    it being about people suffering the consequences of economic downturn. the shitty bureaucracy and being forced to jump through hoops felt totally fitting in that light

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    B_RB_R Registered User regular
    It kinda sucks that I bought act 1 before the whole game was released on steam. And now they won't release the acts independently anymore, so I theoretically have to pay the money for act 1 again.

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    StiltsStilts Registered User regular
    B_R wrote: »
    It kinda sucks that I bought act 1 before the whole game was released on steam. And now they won't release the acts independently anymore, so I theoretically have to pay the money for act 1 again.

    You should have been given a code to just activate a steam copy.

    That's what happened for me.

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    Mr. GMr. G Registered User regular
    Wait, people don't like the Bureau?

    That lived up perfectly to my Kentucky Route Zero standards of beautiful and creative environments juxtaposed with the mundane

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    Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    Vann Diras wrote: »
    a lot of people seem to be down on the opening of act 2, but i really liked it

    especially once you start to frame the game in terms of
    it being about people suffering the consequences of economic downturn. the shitty bureaucracy and being forced to jump through hoops felt totally fitting in that light
    you can also cut through all the bullshit like immediately if you're paying attention

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    Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
    Vann Diras wrote: »
    a lot of people seem to be down on the opening of act 2, but i really liked it

    especially once you start to frame the game in terms of
    it being about people suffering the consequences of economic downturn. the shitty bureaucracy and being forced to jump through hoops felt totally fitting in that light
    you can also cut through all the bullshit like immediately if you're paying attention

    also this
    i immediately noticed that the floor i was told to go to wasn't the correct one when I got in the elevator

    but i changed my mind about heading straight to the right person and got back in the elevator and went through all the weirdness because, well, the weirdness is cool

    plus, floor 3

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    Speed RacerSpeed Racer Scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratchRegistered User regular
    yeah i did the exact same thing

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    miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    If your first stop wasn't BEARS I don't even know what to say to you

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    MachwingMachwing It looks like a harmless old computer, doesn't it? Left in this cave to rot ... or to flower!Registered User regular
    My first stop was the lobby (whoa (whoa))

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    miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
    #wow

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    LalaboxLalabox Registered User regular
    If your first stop wasn't BEARS I don't even know what to say to you

    I had guessed exactly what that floor would be, and it was still so much better than anything I could have hoped for.

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    TankHammerTankHammer Atlanta Ghostbuster Atlanta, GARegistered User regular
    I never stopped on that floor. I just casually traveled up and down past it each time giggling at the idea of Conway just not being a very inquisitive person.

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    IsoldaeIsoldae Hats Off To JigglypuffRegistered User regular
    I finally got a day off.

    Time to play this game.

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    IsoldaeIsoldae Hats Off To JigglypuffRegistered User regular
    Finished act 1 and that was fantastic.

    I don't even know how to describe what I just did but I enjoyed it very much.

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    WeedLordVegetaWeedLordVegeta Registered User regular
    right in time to make my game of the year list, yesssss

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