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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Palworld (2024) is a role-play game where you befriend and collect Pal creatures in a vast open world. It takes the Pokemon formula in a new more violent (gun-touting) and bizarre-capitalist direction as you put your pocket monsters to fight, build, farm, and work in factories. It offers an open world where you can care for (or mistreat) the creatures you collect, often with unintended consequences.

Although the core of the game has a more violent feel, this is still a game about hunting down and training your creatures. The open world means you can explore and progress at your own pace. There's an emphasis you letting you use your creatures how you want. This may be with ethical ends, but also less ethical. "It's completely up to you to make adult decisions, just don't get caught." So, as well as battle you can also sell them, butcher them to eat, give them hard labor, pillage, rob and exercise complete mayhem.

As you progress you need to deal with all sorts of environmental challenges. There are food shortages, changeable weather and illegal poachers. Exploring the world becomes essential, and you can use your Pal creatures to get around in a variety of ways, again with the use of your Pals who can help you fly, swim, drive a car, saddle on their back or shoulder.

After venturing out you need to create a home base. Here you can sow crops and create a farm. This leads to various sorts of automation to produce the materials you need. You can also breed your Pal creatures who then inherit the parents characteristics. This leads to creating rare species to tackle the fiercest of foes. There's also a whole area of the game with endangered species that you can poach.

The result is a game that offers a lot of options for play. This can sound like a recipe for disaster in terms of mistreating the creatures you find, but actually the open choices on offer here provide a rare chance to play in unusual ways - without rushing too quickly to right answers or moralistic solutions to the world's problems.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Palworld 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 11 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting, Creative and Role-Play game with Action, Adventure, Fighting, Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. This game supports multiplayer. Invite your friends to go on an adventure together. Of course, you can battle and trade with other players!

 
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 12 for Moderate Violence, Mild Swearing.
 
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.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence.
As well as the creature combat there are guns and weapons. You can use shotguns and machine guns as well as use attacks that set enemy creatures on fire. When you die you fall dead to the floor like a rag doll, and remain there until you respawn.

Some of the creatures are put to work in hard battery-farming-like settings. You can butcher the creatures you collect for food. Because you can also collect the human characters, this means you also have the option to butcher people too. The violence isn't graphic and we've not seen any visible blood in the game.

Although the game was originally rated PEGI 7 on Xbox, it was quickly updated to PEGI 12.

Skill Level

8+ 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

Palworld usually costs £24.99.
 

Palworld

Steam Store PC £24.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/01/2024

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Collecting, Creative, Role-Play (Action, Adventure, Fighting, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Pocket Pair Games (@PocketPairGames)


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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