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Kentucky Route Zero's first act now available on Windows, Mac

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Kentucky Route Zero developer Cardboard Computer released Act 1 of the five-act episodic adventure game series on Windows PC and Mac today, and said a Linux version is "coming soon."

Act 1 is available for $7 through the game's website in DRM-free fashion, while all five acts can be picked up in a bundle for $25, a discount of 29 percent. The bundle also includes the game's Ben Babbitt-composed electronic soundtrack in MP3 format and the studio's private monthly newsletter.

Kentucky Route Zero debuted on Kickstarter in January 2011, a few months before Double Fine Adventure launched the gaming craze on the crowdfunding service. Cardboard Computer, which comprises Jake Elliott and Tamas Kemenczy, raised more than $8,500 there, and scheduled Act 1 of the game for release in December 2012. The next four episodes will be available "in the next year or so," according to the developers.

Elliott and Kemenczy call Kentucky Route Zero a "magical realist adventure game." It is a finalist in four categories at the 15th annual Independent Games Festival Awards. You can watch the IGF trailer below.