Kentucky Route Zero: The Complete Season

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Kentucky Route Zero: The Complete Season is ranked in the 94th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 28, 2020

Cardboard Computer's elusive adventure game gets a final episode and a console edition, but don't wolf it all down at once.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 27, 2020

Quote not yet available.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 30, 2020

For it was – it is – unforgettable.

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Skill Up
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 26, 2020
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Scored Reviews

USgamer
Jan 27, 2020

All considered as the sum of its many, equally magnificent parts, Kentucky Route Zero is a game I won't forget for a long, long time.

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Windows Central
Feb 3, 2020

There are few other games like Kentucky Route Zero. The point-and-click/text-based adventure captures the economic anxieties and the loneliness of America in 2020, but it still manages to be hopeful amongst the tragedy. You don't want to miss this.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2020

A work of art that I can’t recommend enough.

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Digital Chumps
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is lost in the illusive premise of the American Dream but found in the elusive dream logic of its weird, wild, and wonderful prose. Through it all are characters who conceal pain and loss with whimsical musings of hope and escape and locations engulfed in a meditative haze where brutal reality is indistinguishable from isolated reverie. At the end lies a paradox that suggests a circuitous path was the shortest course to an inevitable destination, and the assurance that Kentucky Route Zero's seven-year voyage knew its direction all along.

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3DNews
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2020

A melancholic magical realism adventure, and a funeral song over the coffin of the American dream.

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Spiel Times
10 / 10
10 / 10
Feb 5, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero feels breathtakingly original. For something this powerful to exist in any medium would be a triumph. But for it to exist now, as an interactive narrative drawn with striking visuals, meaningful choices, and moving music, feels more like a miracle.

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IND13
Feb 17, 2020

With its sombre mood, innovative narrative design, and deeply poetic writing, Kentucky Route Zero is one of the most unique and important games ever made.

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Slant Magazine
Feb 1, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is about America in a way few games aspire to be and fewer still succeed at.

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COGconnected
95 / 100
95 / 100
Jan 30, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a brilliantly told story that takes chances, and unapologetically is what it is. Sounds suspiciously like art to me. Damn good art.

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NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2020

Those looking for a challenge or something a bit more action packed won’t find what they’re looking for here, but those looking for a surreal and mysterious tale will have come to the right place.

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Wccftech
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a fascinating story with a thick atmosphere and themes which will leave you thinking longer after playing each act. It's one of the best stories I've ever played or read in a video game, and I implore everyone to play it. Kentucky Route Zero is something special.

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Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2020

Part point-and-click radio play, part adventure game audiobook, Kentucky route Zero is as much of a journey in sound as it is a meditation on surrealism. I'd nominate it for the Booker Prize in literature before I'd hand it a Keighley statue at the Video Game Awards.

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Everyeye.it
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2020

Cardboard's work is an incredibly rich, complex, personal experience, but for which it is very easy to feel empathy, since it manages to tell from the popular and human perspective bigger events of each of us. A piece of video game history.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 5, 2020

After seven years, Kentucky Route Zero reaches the end of the road, and the full portrait it paints is melancholy and sorrowful but also absolutely beautiful.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 7, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a game that I'm still thinking about days after reaching its conclusion. Though it's slow (maybe too slow for some) and introspective, it's also an exceptionally engaging interactive experience. If you are into the slow burn kind of story then this is definitely for you, but if you're not then you may bounce off of the Zero.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 30, 2020

Even with a downright cavalcade of triumphs, Kentucky Route Zero's strongest asset is its ability to redefine itself from episode to episode. The deeper your journey goes, the stranger things get, but the more they make sense too. While the game will definitely be a bit too bizarre and densely obtuse for some, this is a game unlike anything you've ever played before.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 27, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is the full and complete Kentucky Route Zero experience. A magical realist point-and-click adventure that takes you on a beguiling journey to a place that exists both below and beyond. It's a trip to be savoured, ruminated on; no need to rush.

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Daily Dot
Jan 27, 2020

At the end of a tumultuous decade, it’s only natural to reflect on the years gone by. And here comes a great game to cap the previous decade—and signal the start of something new. If I hadn’t already spent the last several years being told that Kentucky Route Zero was a special game, I’d have known it immediately.

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Too Much Gaming
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 24, 2020

Because it is rather obtuse at times, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone, but if you’re anything like me and you love carefully-constructed, paradoxical art that is enlightening and entertaining, haunting and hopeful, melancholy and magical, perceptive and pointed, you might really fall in love with the existential irreverence of Kentucky Route Zero.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a masterful piece of interactive storytelling. Mysterious, mercurial, and exquisitely beautiful.

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PC Gamer
87 / 100
PC Gamer

Top Critic

87 / 100
Feb 12, 2020

A compelling story about rural America that is both surreal and thoughtful, if a little disorienting.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2020

Though it seems to be a traditional adventure game at first, this is an enticing and bizarre tale unlike anything you've played before

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a game for those who are happy to slowly digest the measured nuances of a text heavy, but visually stunning and thought provoking adventure. Narrative weirdness abounds but it is anchored by a cast of charming and gentle characters who you will grow to love.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero tells a story unlike anything else you'll find in gaming. It uses a point and click adventure format that's pretty basic, but hits high notes with its dialogue, themes, and music.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
Tom Marks

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a beautiful poetry generator in the body of a point-and-click adventure game.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 31, 2020

An arrestingly surreal triumph that blends point 'n' click and text adventures with a unique style of storytelling and gameplay that was well worth the extremely long wait.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 11, 2020

Those intoxicated by the game's dreamy brew may argue that there are no detours—that, like the Zero, you're either on it or you're not. If you're anything like me and Conway, however, you'll be somewhere in-between.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2020

While it took me a while to get into it, I enjoyed my time with Kentucky Route Zero.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 5, 2020

Developped during nearly a decade, the last episode of Kentucky Route Zero has finally arrived, and with it the complete edition of the game. It can almost be considered as an interactive fiction, but with a real attention given to the player and the meaning of its actions throughout the game. As a subjective experience, it also questions the connections between video games and other forms of art.

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We Got This Covered
Feb 10, 2020

Although its moment to moment gameplay might not always hit the mark , the captivating story and colorful cast of characters make Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition a journey worth taking.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
Feb 5, 2020

A transcendent magic realist adventure, Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is a singular experience that rewards perseverance and commitment to its vision.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a one of a kind storytelling experience, but I'm not entirely sure what story it is trying to tell.

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Game Revolution
Jan 27, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a coffee table book of a game. I don’t feel like you’re really supposed to try and take it all in as a whole. Instead, KRZ, with it’s myriad of references and views, seems like it’s supposed to be taken a piece at a time. Some players are sure to absolutely love that, while others, like me, would prefer something more grounded.

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Jump Dash Roll
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 26, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a maddeningly obscure visual novel, both beautifully dull and mundanely fascinating. It will no doubt split opinion, but if you enjoy an abundance of metaphor and some quirky introspection, it will definitely tick your boxes.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2020

I tried so hard to love this game, but in the end, I only really liked it at best.

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2020

More than being a video game, Kentucky Route Zero is a work of art

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Feb 29, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is a work of art that rests solely on its literary qualities and atmosphere. Good thing is that both of these aspects are very solid and the long wait for the final act was worth it. A worthy conclusion of a remarkable video game.

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Geeks Under Grace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero tells fascinating tales about its world and the people who inhabit it, but fails to connect its many threads into a cohesive whole.

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Handsome Phantom
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2020

If you’ve already played the game on PC there is little reason to revisit it unless you absolutely loved it and want to replay it on the go... Sometimes when a game like this takes so long to release the hype around it can be detrimental. On paper this is my kind of game, but it just never got its hooks into me.

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New Game Network
45 / 100
45 / 100
Feb 6, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero is an incredibly dull and over-embellished text adventure that fails to engage, entertain, or provide much value to anyone but perhaps the uppermost art connoisseurs.

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Killa Penguin
Feb 1, 2020

Characters come and go, the underlying significance of their very existence seemingly shifting between acts, no doubt a consequence of the years it took to finish these acts; people change over time, and as Kentucky Route Zero limps—sometimes literally—toward a half-hearted and barely coherent conclusion that’s more of a misery-flavored Rorschach test than an understandable sequence of events driven by people worth caring about, the storylines that start to splay every which way suggest that the developers kept changing their minds about the game’s underlying meaning. Or maybe it simply shifted out from under them. Either way, Kentucky Route Zero is a game that’s ultimately meaningless, a meandering mess of pretentious nonsense that wields its (arguably undeserved) “art” status as a shield in order to protect itself from the pointlessness of the journey and the blandness of those journeying.

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