The faint creaking of cardboard and wires.

#kentucky route zero

Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realism adventure game about a secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky, and the mysterious folks who travel it. Gameplay is inspired by point-and-click adventure games, but focused on characterization, atmosphere and storytelling rather than clever puzzles or challenges of skill.

I played through Act I—Acts II through V will be released over the course of 2013—in about an hour this afternoon. It was unexpectedly lovely, evocative of everything from Monkey Island to Cosmic Osmo to Sword & Sworcery, and it all looks—and sounds—exactly as good as the trailer. If you like your video games on the artsy, avant-garde, story-heavy side (and who doesn’t?), I unequivocally recommend it.