In an age of excess, it’s refreshing to find anything that strips back the accoutrement of modern life, and instead charms us with a simpler approach, and the mystery contained therein. Kentucky Route Zero, a magical realist point and click adventure that has been released in episodic installments since 2013, has won the gaming world over in this fashion, emerging as a true dark horse in today’s entertainment landscape. Its structure is almost anachronistic, and didn’t exactly come with a sexy sales pitch.

Kentucky Route Zero is slow-paced, focusing on exploring new environments and talking with new people,” the development team wrote on the game’s Kickstarter. But enough people, 205 to be exact, felt intrigued by its potential to throw the creators, Jake Elliott and Tamas Kemenczy, enough money to get this project off the ground: just $8,583.

However, with a little, Elliott and Kemenczy have accomplished a lot, producing a four-act series that has been critically-acclaimed throughout. It leaves the glitz and glamour of big-budget games aside to instead win your heart with spare, moody, and strange storytelling.