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  • Summary: Zack Zero takes you on an action-packed platform adventure with incredible 3D graphics and the playability and entertainment of classic 2D games. Help Zack Zero save his beloved Marlene, kidnapped by the evil Zulrog in an effort to obtain the powerful substance that will allow him to travel back in time. [Sony] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Jan 19, 2012
    85
    One of those "sleeper" games that deserves attention. Zack Zero blends action and exploration in a beautiful world, and offers lots of value.
  2. Jan 18, 2012
    80
    After almost five years of work, Crocodile Entertainment finally launches its debut on PSN. Visually stunning, playable and challenging, Zack Zero is quite an homage to all platfomers from the third and fourth gen with a high level of difficulty, enhanced with a Jump mechanic not always well-implemented. An HD retro-vintage platforming jewel.
  3. 80
    Good ol' retro-style platformer with the highlights coming through level design and array of wacky enemy-types.
  4. Jan 31, 2012
    70
    But, dying is one of the essential parts of old school gaming. Just like jumping, shooting, breaking boxes, electronic beats, and bosses. And, if that's the kind of platform game you want, that's the kind of platform game Zack Zero is.
  5. Jan 24, 2012
    60
    Overall, Zack Zero does a few things well, but doesn't offer a very fun or satisfying platforming experience. Important parts of the gameplay like the actual platforming are flaky and the combat can be flat-out broken at times. I really wanted to like this game more than I did, but it just doesn't offer enough fun for any sustained length of time. It's impossible to recommend for a purchase at full price, and even if it gets a 50% off discount, it's a maybe at best.
  6. Jan 27, 2012
    50
    If I've ever heard of Zack Zero before reviewing it I must have forgotten all about it, which is actually not completely unplausible since this game is utterly forgettable. There is nothing terribly wrong with the platforming, puzzling and occasional fighting, it's just plain bland and predictable.
  7. Feb 1, 2012
    30
    Zack Zero feels like it was made by going down a checklist. Lava level? Check. Rudimentary puzzles? Check. Arbitrary baubles and hidden treasures to collect? Check. Boss fights at the end of levels? Check. There's no charm, save for the enemy designs and certain environments, and no sense of identity. The game alternates between being an unexciting, stale, middling affair, and being a somewhat broken game that hits some remarkably low lows. I don't know which is worse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jan 19, 2012
    10
    A very nice title to play, with a colourful scenarios and its length is bigger than other similar games. Excellent quality / price rate.
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    must for all people like platform genre. Expand
  2. Jan 25, 2012
    10
    The surprise of the beginning of 2012 is this old school platformer with good combat combined with some puzzles to solve to add variety, and plenty of secrets to be found, including a tribute to an old game by one of the developers. It has very good graphics between Ratchet and Clank and Trine and a very good music to round up the package. Despite some flaws that can frustrate at times, it's a totally recommended title Expand
  3. Jan 19, 2012
    10
    What a surprise! a game totally unknown for me before this week, so I googled it, found few reviews, but really good ones. So I decided to give it a try. And I'm impressed. Colorful graphics, really addictive gameplay (with some metroidvania touches) , easy to play, brilliand level design and very good final bosses. A really good platformer and one of the best downloadable games I have played so far. Expand
  4. Jan 21, 2012
    7
    Good graphics and variation. Some bugs like freezing when connected on PSN, endless fall on invisible holes, but it worth play with the classic platform style but with the power changing very well executed. Expand
  5. Apr 30, 2013
    5
    A old school platformer in 3D environment, have to give to the developer, the graphic(background) is pretty nice, and the music is easily the best part of the game. Although clearly no time as dedicated to the story nor the character. The powers come off as bit generic but still fun to use adn have awesome visuals to them

    The idea of giving depth and multiple layer on the game is brilliant however the execution is somewhat lacking as no clear boundaries are present to indicate extra platforms. Moreover, there are a lot of hidden area that are impossible to find as the only way to find them is by falling and hoping that we fall on platform, which is rare since there's this mechanic that kills and prevent you from extending your jump when you first jump to a platform but a tad bit late. Now this is a problem because the destination platform is actually reachable if the game let you jump for the second time. Button mashing combat although it's okay here since the focus was puzzle and platforming.

    There are glitches here and there but nothing major, the worst glitch i ever had was suddenly phasing through wooden plank and stuck in the middle, but it happened only once so grosso modo no problem.

    In the end, Zack Zero provides you with visual and audio delight and gives you good and fun platforming and simple combat if you choose to stick with the main road. But this game is not for you who wants to try to explore(even though it was created to cater those people), all thanks to the broken mechanic placed in the game that kills you even when normally you still could save yourself. Not saying the idea even the execution of this game is bad, it's just some of the design choices are simply confusing as I have explained in the previous paragraph.
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  6. Apr 30, 2013
    1
    Just looking at the graphics of the game makes my eyes hurt. Why, oh why everybody thinks that 100% saturation and "special effects" with all colors of a rainbow all over the whole screen is nice? It's horrible. Expand
  7. Feb 1, 2012
    0
    For Christ's sake I wish people who worked on these games would just STOP! writing bogus user reviews on metacritic.
    Four 10's? LMFAO OK I
    know you're proud and all, but like every preppy parent in Park Slope, Brooklyn, you did NOT just give birth to the greatest thing EVER!! There is absolutely NOTHING in this game that warrants a 10/10. It is cluttered, messy, and a little bit broken. At best it's a 5/10, 6.5 with a patch. But for the sake of balancing out the "pro-trolls"' Zack gets a ZERO.
    Ha. Pro- trolls....
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