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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Katana Zero (2019) is a noir-styled fighting game where you are a samurai assassin. At (literally) breakneck speed you slash, dash and jump your way through side-on missions. The twist is if you die the game rewinds time and you try that loop again.

Play involves fast reflex combat where you must press buttons quickly to overcome the varied opposition. As well as enemies themselves you need to deflect gunfire, dodge oncoming attacks, and manipulate environments with traps and explosives. Do this well and you complete the level, leaving no survivors.

It's a pixelated visual feast that assaults your senses. Each level is hand crafted to offer a number of routes and methods for completion. Defeat foes creatively, using spontaneous approaches to eliminate your enemy as you see fit. If you fail, rewind and try it another way.

The result is a free flowing fighting game. There are some assists that help you learn the ropes, like a temporary slowdown. As things click you start to see new ways through each area. It's starts as a game about sword fighting, but really it's a path-finding and movement challenge where the environment is as much an opportunity to continue you flow as it is a barrier.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Katana Zero 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Platform game with Action and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 4 hours and 7 hours to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence, Strong Language.

Developer states that the game contains violence, gore, and drug use. Additionally, there are splashes of blood when enemies are killed that can be viewed in slow motion. Enemy bodies slump when killed then remain dead on the floor. There is also decapitation. All of this is depicted with pixilated rather than realistic visuals

Skill Level

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

CostsCosts

Katana Zero usually costs £12.79 to £13.49.
 

Katana Zero

Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/04/2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Platform (Action and Traversal)

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Askiisoft (@Askiisoft)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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