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Palworld (2024) is a role-play game where you befriend and collect creatures in a vast open world. It takes the Pokemon formula in an open-world survival (and gun-touting) direction. The pocket-sized monsters you collect fight, build, farm, and work in factories. It offers an ever-expanding challenge 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. This open approach enables you to use your creatures as commodities as well as companions. They can help you in battles with enemies, but you can also sell them, butcher them to eat or put them to work in the mines.

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 or carry you on their shoulders.

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 parent's characteristics. This leads to the creation of 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 provide the opportunity to progress in unusual and creative ways.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Palworld 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 weeks 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 4-player online game. Along with the online multiplayer adventure, Palworld offers an offline single-player campaign challenge.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 35 hours and 60 hours to complete. Depending how you approach the game affects how long it takes to complete. To see everything can take hundreds of hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 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. Younger players can enjoy exploring the world and developing a home base. There's also a larger challenge here that requires forward planning and resilience to progress.

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 One.


Palworld usually costs £24.99.


Steam Store PC £24.99

Palworld (Game Preview)

XBox Store Xbox One £24.99
XBox Store PC £24.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • Trade Items In-Game: Players can trade items they have earned or purchased, with other players in the game.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/01/2024

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

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

Accessibility: 24 features

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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