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- Estimated trophy difficulty: 2/10 (Platinum Difficulty Poll)
- Offline trophies: 25 (0, 19, 5, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to platinum: 10 - 15 hours (Estimated Time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 1 + replay of Act IV
- Number of missable trophies: None, due to level select
- Glitched trophies: None, as of April 2020 corrective patch
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No
Kentucky Route Zero, first released by Cardboard Computer as an episodic adventure game for PC, has since been ported to consoles in January of 2020 as Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition with an additional interlude added following the final act of the story. The game tells a dream-like story filled with magic realism, unexpected visuals and music composed and performed by one of the developers. It tells the story of Conway and his old dog and the package he needs to deliver to 5 Dogwood Drive, somewhere off the mysterious Route Zero.
The text based story is told in five acts, each with a run time of one to two hours, and five interludes that vary from 5 to 10 minute long vinettes (Limits & Demonstrations, Here And There Along The Echo) to much longer scenes that play out for you to view and interact with (The Entertainment, Un Pueblo De Nada and Death of the Hired Man). There is no wrong dialog choice you can make that would affect the outcome of the story, therefore, there is no need for a full walkthrough, but some Act specific trophies can be missed in your first run if you don't follow the guide closely. See the trophy guide and the note on missable trophies below regarding that information.
Glitch history and a note about missable trophies: Upon release in January of 2020, players reported a number of trophies not being awarded after completing sections of the game or completing the necessary requirements for the Act specific trophies. In April of the same year, Cardboard Computer released a patch that corrected these issues. If you are playing with an updated version of the game, you should not expect to encounter any problems on your road to the games platinum. If you would like some background on the issue, please see the glitch thread from this site found here: Possible trophy glitches - Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
No trophy in this game is truly missable as the game allows you to select and replay any previously completed Act or interlude. Even unlocking the final interlude, Death of the Hired Man, by having a hidden conversation with a character in Act I (see Finding Carrington for full details) can be considered as safe from being labeled missable as it is easy to reproduce the requirements after finishing the story by simply replaying Act I for two scenes and returning to the Act select screen. That being said, each Act takes over an hour or more to play through so I have labeled every Act specific trophy to let you know when to look out for them if you want to knock everything out in one playthrough. Also, note that you will be required to replay Act IV for a trophy so don't sweat it if you miss any of the trophies in that Act.
Lastly, one final note about scene placement: Every stop you make is given a scene number. If you happen to revisit locations a number of times or investigate a few locations before you head to the next designated story location, you will add scenes to your playthrough. Below I estimate which scene you will find the act specific trophies in, but my experience may differ slightly from your playthrough if you wander around the map a bit more then necessary.
Step 1: Play through the story and the corresponding interludes and try to follow the guide below to cut down on the need to replay any Acts other than Act IV
As mentioned above, all Act specific trophies are labeled as such, so try to follow the guide to knock everything out in one runthrough. Play the game as it progresses through its five Acts broken up by corresponding interludes, all located in the level select menu labeled as "The Circle"
By completing the whole of the story, you will unlock--at the minimum--these trophies:
Limits & Demonstrations
Here And There Along The Echo
Un Pueblo De Nada
"Look for me under your bootsoles"
Step 2: Cleanup any Act specific trophies you may have missed, replay Act IV and complete the final interlude if you have not already unlocked and played through it
Assuming you followed the guide and completed all Act specific trophies, you would already have unlocked Death of the Hired Man and played through the interlude following Act V and only need to replay Act IV for the final trophy. If there is any need for cleanup, check each trophy below for where to find them and replay the necessary Acts to round out your path to the platinum trophy. Any moment of the game can be moved along faster by holding to increase the text speed and simply select the top text choice to move the story along until you get to the specific moment you need.
Once cleanup is completed and you have replayed Act IV, you will have unlocked all other trophies:
I bet a dog will eat it
Say something romantic
Phil and Jane
Under the horizon
Here, you pick
Act IV again
Death of the Hired Man