Kentucky Route Zero Act I released, get your magical realist adventure gaming here

Games Set in Caves are the new Games Not Set in Caves - I'm calling it now. Between Knytt Underground , Double Fine's The Cave , Cavenaut , and probably a million other gloomy splelunking games, the humble hole in the ground has been getting a lot of love of late. We can now add I GF nominee Kentucky Route Zero to the list. It's a beautiful adventure game about a "secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky", and its first act has just been released for $7.

As to what kind of adventure game Kentucky is, you'll be pleased/unpleased to hear that it's "focused on characterization, atmosphere and storytelling rather than clever puzzles or challenges of skill", which suggests to me that it might be a bit like Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery. However, being an episodic, five-act affair, we won't get to the bottom of Kentucky Route Zero until the remaining parts are released "over the next year or so". The optimistic among you can buy them all in one go, for $25, which will also bag you the accompanying soundtracks.

Here's a trailer. It's as cryptic as it is enigmatic, so it's very mysterious indeed.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.