Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic 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 19, 2012
    81
    A great homage to the classics platforms games visually stunning, challenging and very funny. It's not perfect, but is a great opportunity to revive the typically adventures from the past.
  3. 80
    Good ol' retro-style platformer with the highlights coming through level design and array of wacky enemy-types.
  4. Jan 19, 2012
    80
    The platformer that no one has heard about yet but everyone needs to try out. It's a bold project from a fledgling studio, and for the most part it offers a satisfying platformer experience for anyone looking to relive the classic platformer gaming experience.
  5. 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.
  6. Apr 21, 2012
    75
    Zack Zero is an uncomplicated action-platformer with lots of variation. The game might come across a slightly formulaic, but that doesn't negate all the fun you'll have completing all of the challenges to save your beloved Marlene.
  7. Feb 1, 2012
    75
    Zack Zero is a rather entertaining game. Even with the combat and platforming problems, I can't help but like the game. The powers are really nice and the overall feel of the game is fun. The game just has so much heart.
  8. Mar 4, 2012
    73
    A healthy, inoffensive slice of 2D platforming that no developers really bother with these days. Worth picking up if and when it's discounted. [Issue#215, p.85]
  9. Feb 29, 2012
    70
    Overall Zack Zero looks like a game that was developed on a low budget and as such decided to go for a more fun, focused gameplay. It isn't a serious game, but it does serve the goal of entertaining you while you sit down and play it. If you have no problem with casual games and just want to kill some time and doesn't mind a few bugs or kinks, I'd recommend the game for you.
  10. Feb 2, 2012
    70
    A compelling platformer despite what its cringe-worthy art-style and occasionally low-budget production values would lead you to believe. The suit switching mechanic is a great inclusion, and it's utilised strongly throughout the game's campaign. Great pacing, satisfying combat and some decent puzzles elevate Zack Zero to a surprisingly enjoyable status, even if it's not exactly brimming with fresh ideas of its own.
  11. 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.
  12. Jan 20, 2012
    70
    Zack Zero pleases with its solid old-school visuals and gameplay, but is missing any kind of unique charm.
  13. 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.
  14. Apr 12, 2012
    58
    Zack Zero stumbles through his adventure to save his beautiful girlfriend. Unfortunately, the game's puzzles are too simple and the story is never compelling. On the other hand, the graphics are incredible and there's a lot of variety to the stage backgrounds. Fans of 16-bit platformers will get a kick out of some of the concepts, but you're better off finding a Sega Genesis on eBay!
  15. 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.
  16. This kiddie platformer couldn't be more by-the-numbers if it was presented in binary. [March 2012, p.95]
  17. Feb 3, 2012
    40
    Zack Zero's elemental platforming and bright colors might grab your attention, but its inconsistent gameplay and embarrassing glitches will waste your time and money. Little redeeming value lies here, especially when you suffer through the poorly-written story and awful narration.
  18. Jan 25, 2012
    40
    Problematic platforming and awkward action add up to crummy adventures for Zack Zero.
  19. Feb 17, 2012
    30
    I had high hopes for Zack Zero going in, but the game is too rough and unpolished to recommend it. The dodgy platforming, bland gameplay, and goofy main character are huge detriments to the experience, and the ridiculous ending is like one final slap in the face before gamers go about their life.
  20. Feb 9, 2012
    30
    Zack Zero is strictly amateur hour. Everything from its awful production values to the way it bungles simple platforming is an indicator that the developers lack direction. Even if the player manages to look past the dearth of new concepts and the poor execution, the crashes and profoundly obnoxious pop-up messages will ensure they've given up on Zack Zero long before the credits role.
  21. 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.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. 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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  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 Full Review »