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Generally favorable reviews- based on 146 Ratings

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  • Summary: Slice through time to take back what's rightfully yours in a neo-noir, instant-death action platformer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. May 8, 2019
    95
    Katana Zero is on the short side, but it uses every minute of its 5-6 hour run-time well, packed to the brim with satisfying carnage and a brain-bending narrative. It’s not often that a game so completely blindsides me, entering my radar and winning me over so quickly, and it’s a wonderful feeling when it happens. In fact, my only gripe, and it’s incredibly minor, is that I wish there was just a little bit more of it to love. I have no hesitations about recommending this game for just about everyone.
  2. Apr 22, 2019
    90
    Stylish action and surprisingly deep storytelling are the two main pillars of an extraordinary action game. Katana ZERO is a must have and probably one of the best game published by the iconic Devolver Digital. It's fun, smart and challenging in the best way possible.
  3. Apr 25, 2019
    89
    Katana ZERO is a real success. A cryptic scenario well brought on, very fine gameplay, generous without being frustrating, the visuals are delightful, the soundtrack is funny and everything is magestically orchestrated. It is difficult to blame anything after the baby of Askiisoft, maybe a lack of a Time Attack mode that would match perfectly with the genre.
  4. May 13, 2019
    83
    Intense and challenging arcade-action embedded in a great story.
  5. May 7, 2019
    80
    If you're not tired of violent Devolver Digital Games in Pixel Art, then Katana Zero ticks all the right boxes to offer a pleasant experience, with a very good OST and a pretty solid gameplay. Even though the game is short, it's low pricing and replay value for speedrunners makes it a nice investment.
  6. Apr 18, 2019
    80
    Katana Zero is a short but sweet experience that captures the stylistic flair of Hotline Miami mixed with a cyberpunk theme, while making a name for itself with its polished gameplay but without feeling tedious or overstaying its welcome. It’s a title that left me satisfied, but not amazed. Despite a slight lack of challenge and nuance, the game provided a fun, fast-paced experience that kept me hooked from beginning to end.
  7. 70
    Katana Zero is a fantastic 2D action game, it's a great stealth game, and it has an interesting story and universe. The action is fast, fluid, and will have you coming back for more over and over again. But this is just a taste of what could be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. trs
    Apr 23, 2019
    10
    Да, это сработаетДа, это сработает
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  2. Jun 11, 2019
    10
    Игры просто 11/10, отличная музыка, геймплей, сюжет даже есть
  3. Jun 29, 2019
    10
    Expected the good gameplay and tracks but man was i for a surprise it also had an amazing story and really fun dialogues.
  4. May 5, 2019
    9
    Definitely worth playing. Magnificent and well-developed plot, beautiful neo-noir and a bit cyberpunk world, dynamic gameplay, amazing pixelDefinitely worth playing. Magnificent and well-developed plot, beautiful neo-noir and a bit cyberpunk world, dynamic gameplay, amazing pixel graphics (one of the best I've ever seen - only Hyper Light Drifter seem to look nicer) and overwhelmingly cool both darksynth and classical OST. All the way Hotline Miami fans like it. The second part, to my mind, will bring us answers - as well as new questions - and it will definitely influence the huge theorycraft possibilities. I see this game in a few years as a pixel-slasher classics, among the masterpieces like Hyper Light Drifter and Hotline Miami. The only minuses are overall shortness (4 to 8 hours) and a bit repetitive gameplay - however, you will enjoy it. Expand
  5. Apr 19, 2019
    9
    KATANA ZERO has lots of passion put into it. From the art direction and music, to the gameplay, story and dialogue.
    It's a short but sweet
    KATANA ZERO has lots of passion put into it. From the art direction and music, to the gameplay, story and dialogue.
    It's a short but sweet experience with replay value.
    This is a great introduction to a neo noir post war world, so the story isn't yet finished. There's plenty more to explore and expand upon in an inevitable sequel since the most important plot points don't get resolved.
    There's also more content coming for this game as we discover at the end of the first run, so maybe the story will continue then.
    I'm thankful creators still have a passion for pixel art, cool combat mechanics and good story telling.
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  6. Jun 24, 2019
    9
    Pixel art with style, beautiful music, hard but fair gameplay, a gripping narrative, flowing movement, and at times funny dialogue leads to anPixel art with style, beautiful music, hard but fair gameplay, a gripping narrative, flowing movement, and at times funny dialogue leads to an excellent experience. Each level feels like a puzzle where the challenge comes from finding the right combinations of wall jumps, rolls, and sword attacks to defeat each room. My only problem with the game is the short play time. Expand
  7. Jun 29, 2019
    1
    It has all the flaws of indie gaming recently. It thinks it's saying "something important" but has nothing to say. Not to mention the gameplayIt has all the flaws of indie gaming recently. It thinks it's saying "something important" but has nothing to say. Not to mention the gameplay is a derivative of a derivative. Another game that seems crowdsourced to make a good little indie game. Just trite. Expand

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