Posted 4 years ago by Tim Briscoe Games
I’m always looking for video games that attempt something unique. There are only so many unimaginative sequels to Call of Duty or Halo that I can take. For inventive games that break out of the tired mold of big console bestsellers, you really have to look to indie developers. They’re not afraid to break from the monotony.
The recently released Kentucky Route Zero is a perfect example of a small game maker stepping out with something different. This episodic game from developer Cardboard Computer describes itself as a “magical realist adventure game in five acts.” The creators claim inspiration from classics like LucasArts’ Monkey Island and the current Walking Dead series from Telltale Games. You can buy Act I of Kentucky Route Zero to play on Mac, Windows, or Linux for $7. There’s also an option to pay $25 upfront for all five acts. You’ll get the remaining installments as they are released “over the next year or so,” according to the website.
Kentucky Route Zero is set along the real roads and byways of the Bluegrass State. The game stars Conway, a deliveryman who must transport antiques along a mysterious stretch of road. You guide Conway through various point-and-click scenes, interacting with people and items you encounter in this dimly lit game. Conway follows your mouse clicks as you navigate around a set. Each click creates a neat little horseshoe-and-stake animation to which the character moves.