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Kentucky Route Zero, Complete [Online Game Code]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Incredible. There has not been many more immersive gaming experiences in my life. If you're even remotely a fan of old school adventure games, text adventures, interactive fiction - or just games with incredibly deep atmosphere, this is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
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Note: I'm only the first two chapters in as of writing this.

The game is fantastic. I love the writing and animation. There are tons of weird effects and tidbits you can find (try turning the light off when you're on the minecart). Visual effects, especially in the forest towards the end of Chapter 2 are incredible and mind-bending. The entire style is like watching sixty modern myths unfolding at once, it's confusing and intriguing and I can't tell at all what's going on.

I'm not entirely sure if the game is linear or not. There seem to be some choices to be made, and if you choose to say something, it might whisk you away to the next part, and I feel like I've left some content behind that I might have wanted to see (navigating the highway system is tricky). So it's a little frustrating, but also prompting me to play through a couple more times, to see what kind of weirdness I can squeeze out of the game.

Everything is wrapped in this almost illusory surrealism. Someitmes, it feels almost as though narratives and continuities are starting an stopping at random, with no sense of coherence. Tangents and strange encounters distract you from this Odyssey, and snap you back once you remember you're playing as a guy just trying to deliver some antiques or something, I don't even remember.

Overall, it's a good bit of point-and-click with all kinds of cryptic intrigue that, even if it turns out to have meant nothing in the end, it's all still crazy fun to think about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2014
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Kentucky Route Zero is a highly underrated game. The game has many abstract concepts in it that you would need to play in order to encounter them. The game starts off quite odd but it is all based around the story and gameplay, not graphics (however the graphics do interpret what the game is trying to convey at any given point in time). You CANNOT speed through this game or you will not enjoy it.

Make sure to take some time out of your busy day to play this if possible. Set aside a couple hours or at least an hour to get into it, and if you don't oh well. But I can generally say you'll be hooked by the time you get an hour into the game.

Have fun and good luck! There's some puzzley parts too and make sure to explore!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2014
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Bizarre and surreal. SCORE: 88/100.

This is not The Walking Dead or Wolf Among Us, and neither is it Broken Age or Grim Fandango. It is its own thing, and it does a remarkable job at that. It starts off rather mundanely, but steadily gets weirder and more abstract as it goes. Time and space come in to play in odd ways and you will often be confused, but not irritatingly so.

This is a strange game, but certainly worth your time and money to play.
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on June 29, 2014
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I normally like thinking persons' games but this one has me a bit confused. It's like a text based Adventure with minimalistic graphics and a sound track that doesn't live up to the hype- there's almost no music, just a rather odd ambient sound track.

It tries to be clever and occasionally it succeeds but just as often it fails. It was not at all immersive for me, and I found it rather boring to play. Quite frankly, I think I'd like my money back please. If not, could I please get some of the same recreational drugs the authors were on when they designed this?
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I had read some good reviews of this game on the web, and decided to give it a try. I’m still trying to figure out what impressed the other reviewers, because I thought it was a total dud. Here are the problems:

Graphics. Very, very crude, even by 1960’s cartoon standards. You click a location and your character moves there, and that’s about it. There’s no panning or scrolling, no movement, no interaction. You can click to talk to a character, or click on your truck to go somewhere else. The left mouse button is your only control.

Story line. There is one – exactly one – and you’re stuck with it. You do have some freedom of movement, and you don’t have to take a strictly linear approach. But while you can drive your truck around and stop in some odd locations you can discover, it doesn’t matter. The stops are pointless, the activity there not interesting, and you gain nothing by stopping and lose nothing by not stopping. There are no experience points, no cool gew-gaws to pick up, no tools that will make life easier down the line, no conversations that will reveal critical clues. Nada. When you talk to characters, you can pick from 2 or 3 responses, but it just doesn’t matter. At the end of that scene, you’ll be in the exact same place no matter what you do.

Consequences. There are none. You can’t make things better, or make things worse. At one point there’s a 5-story building with an elevator. One floor is full of bears. Just for grins, I stopped there, expecting to be eaten and hopefully resurrected by the resident Great GUE. Nope, didn’t happen, the bears had no interest in a meal whatsoever.

Excitement level. Zip. Nothing much really happens, and it happens pretty slowly. At one point your character injures his leg – no matter what you do – and then things go even more sloooowwwwlllllyyyy as he now takes forever to shamble across the screen.

Completeness. The game is a story told in 5 acts. You get the first two, the others are promised sometime in the coming years. Presumably there’ll be a way to download them from Amazon if & when they ever appear. Assuming you want to bother.

Value. This game very much feels like an amateur effort. For, say, $5 it might be worth a try. For $25 it’s a terrible value. Save your money.
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on February 16, 2014
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: Steam
I noticed the other review hated it, but they totally missed the point. This is a simple, point and click game that relies heavily on the narrative, very unusual creative story line using highly stylized artwork and soundtrack to create a mood, like reading a novel. Great point and click adventure title, I would highly recommend.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
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Every game has its audience. Every story has its purpose. Through its stylish art and its perplexing way of strange storytelling, this is how Kentucky Route Zero found its audience and achieved its acclaim. Nothing more than that. What I was actually looking for beyond the aforementioned was a valid game or at least, something that would be rewarding to play. This is only a game by the fact it requires the absolute minimum interaction. You don't need any skill here besides the ability to read. Kentucky Route Zero is just a story to experience. You will either find it mysteriously captivating or rubbish. Tip: Are you a fan of David Lynch?

This is a most lackluster game from this perspective: You guide your character through a series of odd and incoherent events while tediously contributing to the script by way of multiple choice responses which make no difference to the direction of the story. There is a mystery to solve but the real challenge may be sifting through the frivolousness of everything happening. Each scene drivels on with vacant babble and odd occurrences which may stimulate your curious imagination but can also test your tolerance of boredom since none of it is impressive. My journey through this game concluded at the end of Act I. I had no interest in exploring Act II. I wasn't looking for much fun factor out of the game but just a unique cerebral experience. Kentucky Route Zero is a nebulous fantasy game meant to preoccupy the mind but it's very suited to alienate your attention. Perhaps that's the kind of mystique that works for some people.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2014
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I get that a LOT of people adore this game. I'm not one of them. The visuals are interesting and it's a great aesthetic. Definitely looks unique versus a lot of other games out today. And if that were all there was to the game, I would be giving it 5 stars. But it's not. I found the game to be completely un-intuitive, and the lack of voice acted dialogue was, frankly, annoying. I play games sitting from the couch, so attempting to read the dialogue was not a fun experience.

Considering all of this, I didn't play it for long (about an hour) before I realized that I was only persevering on this game because so many others have said it was amazing. But I wasn't having any fun at all. That ended my career with KRZ.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2014
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This game was terrible! The gameplay did not move the story forward. The story moved forward on it's on in a totally disconnected way. The graphics sucked which would have been easily overlooked had the players actions in the story been connected to moving the story forward. There were no sensible clues which told the player what to do next. The game was based on a map of an above ground interstate hwy and a below ground "highway" but there was nothing in the gameplay to indicate where the player should actually "Be" from one scene to the next or how to get where you need to be. In other words the "map" was full of turns the player could take with nothing to indicate what to ignore. It was an exercise in futility at best. The game really sucked. And worst of all...once the game ended there was no sense of completion. No sense of accomplishment. It just STOPPED! My only regret is that I can't give it less than one star. That's how bad it is. Seriously!. Don't waste yer money. It is, at best, a game in the concept/development stages that should have never seen the light of day on anyone's PC (or mac). Just move on and forget you ever saw this title.
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