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Tales of Kenzera: Zau (2024) is a running, jumping and fighting adventure where you play a grieving boy, Zau, who bargains with God to bring his father back to life. To play you traverse the world with carefully timed jumps, combat and discovering new abilities. It stands out not only for the theme of grief but how this is interwoven with your powers and how you use them.

Your challenge is to reclaim your father’s spirit by navigating the beautiful yet treacherous land of Kenzera. You play a young shaman who can wield cosmic powers to find and defeat three mighty beings that stand in your way. Perhaps you will manipulate time or launch fiery spears or simply leap and glide to safety.

As you progress you learn not only how to master the world, but also the poignant story shaped by the game creator's own experience with grief. By wielding the Sun and Moon masks you get access to new powers that enable you to defeat enemies quicker and access new areas. As you defeat each mighty being you not only tame their threat but find a strange affinity to their pain and anger.

The result is a game inspired by actor Abubakar Salim that takes you on an emotional journey inspired by the rich myths of Bantu cultures.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Tales Of Kenzera: Zau 11 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Fighting, Puzzle, Shooting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear, Violence. This game features frequent mild violence, which is either directed at the player's human character or at fantasy enemies. Violence and reactions are unrealistic in nature. Enemies flash when hit, have health bars, and disappear into particles when defeated. The player's character does not display any visible harm or hurt and also disperses into purple particles when defeated. The bosses the player encounters are often menacing and somewhat disturbing in design and may scare young children.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children who love to challenge themselves will enjoy the difficulty and precise inputs needed, but patience and perseverance are certainly required, both for the tough platforming and exacting boss fights. Appreciating the substance of the story and the tale of parental loss requires some maturity.

CostsCosts

Tales Of Kenzera: Zau usually costs £17.99.
 

Tales Of Kenzera: Zau

XBox Store Xbox X|S £17.99
Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store PC £17.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £17.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

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

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/04/2024

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Fighting, Puzzle, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Surgent Studios (@SurgentStudios)


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