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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Master Key (2024) is a retro-style action adventure like Zelda. It focuses on exploration, finding items and secrets and keeps the rest of the play simple. As well as matching classic games of the era, it offers an interesting look into the joy of the journey and finding your own path.

Play involves exploring the monochrome world and discovering a magical key with an unknown purpose. You set out to discover what the key could be used for and meet a menagerie of characters along the way.

What surprises about Master Key is how densely packed the world is with secrets, puzzles, ferocious enemies and secrets. Although it's clearly the passion project of a small team, the amount on offer here is impressive. What's more, you can find your own path and nothing is story-gated.

The result is an old-school game in the full meaning of that word. It trusts the player and doesn't overly hold your hand. Instead, it invites you to explore and discover a world that is a love letter to hiking and exploration.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Master Key 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Collecting, Fighting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Master Key usually costs £9.99 to £10.79.

Master Key

Switch Store Switch £10.79
Steam Store PC £9.99
App Store Mac -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/05/2024

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Collecting, Fighting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Achromi Dev (@AchromiDev)

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