Kentucky Route Zero (Game, Review): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist adventure game about a secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky. An antique furniture delivery man trying to make his small shop’s last delivery gets lost along the way and meets a haunted TV repairwoman, a young boy and his giant eagle brother, a pair of robot musicians, and dozens of other characters. Together, they explore the nocturnal highways and country roads of Kentucky, the storied Echo River by ferry, and the mysterious Route Zero, the secret highway that runs through Mammoth Cave.

Developer: Cardboard Computer

Genre: Adventure game

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Linux, Macintosh operating systems.

Publishers: Cardboard Computer, Annapurna Interactive

Rating: T

A-

REVIEW

Kentucky Route Zero is an absolute masterpiece. The characters and themes will both keep you up at night and put you soundly to sleep. This game should be studied in literature classes, as its metaphors and character work and unparalleled even by works in other mediums. This is one of the many reasons the video game must be appreciated as an art form.

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