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Play OverviewPlay Overview

KarmaZoo (2023) is a cooperative running and jumping game where you work with layers to complete platform levels. Each player controls one of 50 different creatures and objects to use their different abilities (drop ladders, make surfaces grippy) to help the group get where it needs to go.

It's like other platform games with difficult jumps and hazards, although here you need to cleverly help each other because you all have different characters with specific abilities. No two runs are quite the same when the players and the game itself are changing. You can play with a different number of players and the levels adjust to the size of your team.

As you progress you discover how each character’s strength is best used, and when it makes the most sense to sacrifice yourself to help another player. All the while the game is tracking each time you help each other and rewarding you with Karma that unlocks new characters and abilities.

The result is an unusual game with a focus on helping others rather than helping yourself. It creates moments of real teamwork and sacrifice where players of all abilities work together to get to the goal.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked KarmaZoo 11 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Platform game with Action, Puzzle and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 8 players in the same room or as a 10-player online game. In addition to the main online play, there's a local multiplayer mode where you compete with up to 8 friends to reach the top of the Totem on a single screen.

Cross-Play: Cross-platform play between PC and console

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The platform action requires quick reactions and fast thinking. More than this, players need to be willing to work with others and rely on the kindness of strangers. This requires some resilience when things go wrong.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 5.

CostsCosts

KarmaZoo usually costs £7.99 to £8.99.
 

KarmaZoo

XBox Store Xbox X|S £8.39
XBox Store PC £8.39
Switch Store Switch £8.99
Steam Store PC £8.50
PlayStation Store PS5 £7.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £7.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox Series X|S.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/11/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5, Switch and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-8 (10 online)

Genres: Communication, Platform (Action, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Pastagames (@Pastagames)


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