|Platform Win, Mac, Linux||Publisher Cardboard Computer||Developer Cardboard Computer||Release Date 01/07/2013|
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By Charlie Hall on Jan 13, 2014 01.13.14
It begins at a gas station on a lonely stretch of Kentucky highway. A man and his lame old dog step out of their delivery truck to ask for directions, only to find a blind man spouting riddles. The gas station is only one of the scenes that Cardboard Computer has built, and over the course of the next few hours the player is treated to a storyline that could be straight from a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel or a Eugene O'Neill play. Kentucky Route Zero is above all approachable, since it plays like a classic adventure game. But what is buried inside those mechanics is a rich, challenging story structured as if it were a cycle of one-act plays. And they are lavishly set plays at that. Fully three-dimensional characters move into two-dimensional scenes rather than merely across them....
By Michael Moore on Dec 20, 2013 12.20.13
This month, we'll be interviewing co-workers about the games they believe deserve the title of Game of the Year. Today on Friends List Editor-at-Large Chris Plante asks Features Writer Charlie Hall: Is the game of the year Kentucky Route Zero? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.
By Colin Campbell on Oct 04, 2013 10.04.13
An exhibition of 25 playable indie games is being launched by the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, N.Y. "Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games" is being organized in partnership with IndieCade and will feature the award-winners from this week's IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games, which is taking place in Los Angeles on Oct. 5 and 6. Some awards have already been announced including Cardboard Computer's Kentucky Route Zero and Blendo Games' Quadrilateral Cowboy (pictured). Indie Essentials opens Dec.14, and will be on view through Mar. 2, 2014, in the Museum's third-floor changing exhibitions gallery. A complete list of games due to be featured will be released by the end of October. "A thriving independent game community is essential to the health and...
By Brian Crecente on Sep 12, 2013 09.12.13
Valve and the Independent Games Festival renewed their distribution deal for 2014, IGF officials announced this week. Under the agreement, all IGF Main Competition finalists for the year's event will receive the opportunity to accept a distribution agreement for Steam. A number of IGF finalists have already popped up on Steam under this year's agreement, including Gone Home, MirrorMoon EP, Kentucky Route Zero, Cart Life and Starseed Pilgrim. IGF organizers will announce the IGF 2014 finalists in January and the winners will be announced during the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this coming March.
By Griffin McElroy on Sep 11, 2013 09.11.13
The 36 games which will serve as finalists at next month's IndieCade 2013 exhibition have been announced, including recently released titles like Gone Home, TowerFall and Gunpoint. The games, which will be showcased during IndieCade 2013 in Culver City, Calif., on the weekend of Oct. 5, were chosen from a lengthy list of 850 submissions. The titles will be showcased alongside over 120 games from exhibitors attending the event, including Nintendo, PlayStation, Ouya and Oculus Rift. Tickets for the festival are still available for $20 per person through Brown Paper Tickets. The full list of finalists are as follows: [code] - Rambod Kermanizadeh & Aaron Silbering 99 Tiny Games - Hide & Seek Constellation - Cosmic Games Cube & Star: A Love Story - Doppler Interactive Deadbolt -...
By Jenna Pitcher on Aug 30, 2013 08.30.13
To celebrate the one year anniversary of its Steam Greenlight initiative, where the community vote on games for distribution on its digital platform, Valve has discounted 50 Steam Greenlight games and software by up to 75 percent until Sept. 2 at 10 a.m .PDT. Discounts range from 10-75 percent off. Titles on sale include Incredipede and Surgeon Simulator for $3.40 each (normally $9.99 each), Air Buccaneers for $5.10 ($14.99), Papers Please for $7.99 ($9.99) and Kentucky Route Zero for $12.49 ($24.99). The full list of discounted games can be viewed on the sale's Steam page. In a statement released yesterday to recognise the anniversary, Valve's Gabe Newell wrote that the company's goal is to remove all bottlenecks between developers and consumers. According to Newell, the number...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jun 01, 2013 06.01.13
Kentucky Route Zero's second act is now available through Steam, developer Cardboard Computer announced via Twitter. Act 2 is available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux and is a 64.2 MB download. Bugs, which the developer added might be present along with the game's initial launch, are now "out of the way." Humble Store downloads have also been updated with Act 2, according to a second tweet, and the developer is working to include new music on the soundtrack. Kentucky Route Zero's second act was previously slated for launch at the end of April, but was delayed to May. According to Cardboard Computer at the time, the delay was due to unexpected work with distribution, the Independent Games Festival and troubleshooting for "a larger number of players than we anticipated." Check out our...
By Michael McWhertor on Apr 29, 2013 04.29.13
The second act of Cardboard Computer's five act episodic adventure, Kentucky Route Zero, has been pushed to mid-May, the developer announced in its monthly newsletter. Kentucky Route Zero's creators say that some unexpected work relating to distribution, the Independent Game Festival and "troubleshooting for a larger number of players than we anticipated" are responsible for the delay of Act 2. The episode will hit a few weeks later than its previously expected end-of-April release. "It's looking really good though, and we're anxious to have it out in the world," Cardboard Computer wrote. Until the act's release, the developer plans to release new screenshots through its Facebook and Twitter accounts. Kentucky Route Zero's first act was released in January for Windows PC and Mac,...
By Jenna Pitcher on Mar 27, 2013 03.27.13
At tonight's 15th annual Independent Games Festival awards, held at the Game Developers Conference, Richard Hofmeier's Cart Life won three of its three category nominations, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Excellence in Narrative and the Nuovo Award. FTL: Faster than Light won one of its two nominations, which was the Excellence in Design category. It also won the Audience Award. 140 beat out Hotline Miami for the Excellence in Audio award. Kentucky Route Zero and Little Inferno won Excellence in Visual Arts and Technical Excellence, respectively. Zineth won the Student Showcase category. Each full category is listed below. Seumas McNally Grand Prize Cart Life FTL: Faster than Light Hotline Miami Kentucky Route Zero Little Inferno Excellence in Visual Arts G...
By Dave Tach on Feb 22, 2013 02.22.13
Kentucky Route Zero, Cardboard Computer's atmospheric adventure game, is now available on Steam and on sale until March 1. Steam users can grab the entire five-episode run for Windows, Mac and Linux for $22.49, a 10 percent discount on its regular price of $24.99. The release was made possible by Steam Greenlight, a service that lets users vote for the games they'd like to see on Valve's digital distribution service. Cardboard Computer released Act 1 in early January through its website, where you can get a DRM-free version and a Steam key. Act 2 is expected "around April 2013," according to game's listing on Steam. For more on what the developer describes as an "magical realist adventure game," you can watch a recent episode of Cooperatives or listen to episode 42 of the Besties.