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IMG Reviews Kentucky Route Zero
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Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of the first two chapters of Cardboard Computer's Kentucky Route Zero. The "magic realist adventure game" puts players in the role of Conway, an antique furniture deliveryman who ends up taking a trip on a secret highway in Kentucky and meeting dozens of unusual characters along the way.

Here's an excerpt:

When you're not walking around specific locations trying to gain your bearings, you're out on the road, travelling from place to place via a minimalist wireframe map. Seemingly random encounters and references to bizarrely described landmarks help to define the unsettled absurdity of the world around you. It immediately reminded me of the absurdist screen saver Hotel Gadget minimalistic windows into frozen scenes both disturbingly incomprehensible and immediately relatable at the same time. It helps the game settle into an tense uncanny valley of realism. A traffic jam looks like an ordinary traffic jam until you leave the truck and understand what is happening. A museum at first resembles a customary commemoration of local culture and history, until you look closer at what is the real audience and what is the real exhibit.

The characterization and dialogue of a game's writing are at the core of its ability to tell a story well, and it seems like a marvel that the game is able to do so much with so little. Conversations sometimes do have a tendency to be long-winded with secondary characters -- leaving the audience wondering what the point is to having the characters talk about seemingly inane details about their lives at length -- but the writing has the uncanny ability to keep you engaged and involved, and even the longer dialogues don't outstay their welcome.

Read the full review at the page below.

IMG Review: Kentucky Route Zero
Kentucky Route Zero

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