Kentucky Route Zero, a magic realist adventure game

A project in Chicago, IL by Jake Elliott

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"Kentucky Route Zero" is a magic realist adventure game about a secret highway in Kentucky and the mysterious folks who travel it.
Backers: 205
Average Pledge Per Backer: $42

Funded: $8,583 of $6,500
Dates: Jan 7th -> Feb 6th (30 days)
Project By: Jake Elliott
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Latest News

A story told in five acts: The making of Kentucky Route Zero

February 6th - via:
The circuitous journey that you undertake in Kentucky Route Zero feels in some way emblematic of the road Cardboard Computer has taken developing the game; since the team launched the Kickstarter for Kentucky Route Zero in early 2011, they found themselves taking plenty of unanticipated detours. But both player and developer are finally at journey's end. (Read More)

Kentucky Route Zero review: A point-and-click adventure well worth the wait

February 3rd - via:
Kentucky Route Zero's first act debuted in 2013. It's fifth and final one finally released in 2020. Let's see if it was worth the wait. (Read More)

Crowdfunding Episodic Games: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

February 21st - via:
There's a history of episodic games being crowdfunded, and while some turn out well, and others turn out poorly; and still others never happen. (Read More)

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January 16th - via:
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January 23rd - via:
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Kickstarter 2013: Broken records, broken hearts

December 31st - via:
Matt takes a look back at the year that was on Kickstarter: what got funded, what missed out, what was released, and what ran out of cash. (Read More)

5 Awesome Kickstarter Funded Games That Actually Released in 2013

December 18th - via:
Some small projects have made their way into player’s hands, and proven that crowdfunded games can be a hit. (Read More)

Games on Kickstarter have raised more than $100 million so far

March 23rd - via:
Kickstarter campaigns have been very popular for games since last year when Tim Schafer decided to use the crowdfunding platform to fund his upcoming point-and click adventure game. Kickstarter has announced on its blog that the money pledged to games on Kickstarter has crossed the $100 million milestone. (Read More)

From Kickstarter to burgeoning cult hit, we explore the origins of Kentucky Route Zero

February 5th - via:
We chat with Cardboard Computer's Jake Elliott about the unconventional approach taken with Kentucky Route Zero and its quirky, magical realist world. (Read More)

It's Here!

January 7th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Release date and new video

October 19th - via:
Hi! Thought I'd post an update here, since a few sites are linking back to this project page again. So, here's the latest: Kentucky Route Zero is still in development. We'll be releasing it in five acts, with Act I coming in December 2012 and the... (Read More)

Rewards update & some other fun links

February 22nd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Junebug Character Profile

February 5th - via:
Just a few hours left in the drive! Here's the second character profile. We'll continue sending a monthly newsletter with images & information like this to all supporters pledging $5 or more after the Kickstarter drive ends. Junebug A restaurant... (Read More)

Ezra & Julian Character Profile

February 2nd - via:
We're very close to the end of the Kickstarter drive -- thanks again to all supporters! Here's one of two short character profiles we'll be posting in the last couple days of this drive. We'll continue sending a monthly newsletter with images &... (Read More)

Hard Times Bottle Postcard Design

January 24th - via:
This is the third postcard design for backers: a high resolution render of a bottle of Hard Times, the same otherworldly bourbon advertised in the 11x17" poster design. Earn your whiskey merit badge by identifying the two real Kentucky bourbon... (Read More)

Conway's Truck Papercraft Postcard Design

January 21st - via:
This is the second postcard design for backers. Tamas took the 3D model of Conway's delivery truck and flattened it out into a papercraft model. The side of the truck is painted with information about Conway's employer, Lysette's Antiques. The truck... (Read More)

'QSL Card' Postcard Design

January 18th - via:
Here's the first of three postcard designs for backers. QSL Cards are postcards used by amateur radio operators to confirm radio contact between stations. This is a design for the QSL Card of one of Kentucky Route Zero's inhabitants. One of Conway's... (Read More)

'Hard Times' Poster design

January 14th - via:
Howdy! Tamas has just finished the design for the "11x17 Poster" backer reward & we'd like to share it with you here. The poster is an advertisement for Hard Times, bourbon of choice for those settled along Kentucky Route Zero. But first: WOW. We... (Read More)

Thanks for the amazing first weekend!

January 10th - via:
Wow, as I post this we're very close to our goal after only a few days -- incredible! Thanks to all of you who have supported the project financially, spread the word through your social networks, and written us to share your enthusiasm. Your vote of... (Read More)

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