Katana ZERO for Nintendo Switch

Katana ZERO

Apr 17, 2019
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About this game

Developer: Askiisoft
Content Rating: Mature


Katana ZERO is a stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display.

Gamer Reviews

118 Reviews
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Jul 17, 2020
This is a true hidden gem for a fair price. An addictive combination of tightrope combat (where most foes are one hit kills, but so are you) and platforming puzzles. All accompanied by a retro art design done right and an excellent thumping soundtrack.

Run, jump and slash your way to the end of the area by using your katana, traps, throwables and a slow motion skill. You'll stay right in the action since every failed attempt rewinds the game to the beginning of the 'screen'. Levels contain multiple stages and the game is generous enough with checkpoints to keep it tense but not too unforgiving at the time.

Immediately after you've solved the puzzle and you've successfully executed the solution (sometimes you need a few tries to get it right), you'll get to enjoy a satisfying recording of your effort. It feels rewarding to see your own mastery of a section of the game.

The 'campaign' can be finished in one sitting, but the game has a lot of replayability after completing it once. There are multiple dialogue options to explore, your choices matter and alter the game and therefore there are different endings to get as well.

The story can be a bit vague at first, but after multiple runs where you've explored all directions you'll see the bigger picture. Another downside is that the variety in enemies and other mechanics is limited.

I find myself chasing perfect runs on certain levels even after finishing the story a few times. The controls are really tight and possibly one of the best I've experienced on the Switch. Absolutely fell in love with this game!


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Critic Reviews

30 Reviews
Mitchell SaltzmanApr 18, 2019
Katana Zero’s time-bending samurai action is the star of the show here, but its unique presentation and entertaining dialogue go a long way in supporting a plot that suffers from feeling like it’s saving its best ideas for a sequel. As action games go, Katana Zero’s shorter length makes it a quick fix, and I’ll no doubt suffer withdrawal while I wait for the next hit.
Cody MedellinMay 22, 2019
Katana Zero is a mesmerizing title. The narrative twists and turns in odd ways, and the payoff is both open and satisfying. The action is crisp if you can commit everything to memory well enough to create small, bloody masterpieces. With a familiar yet attractive presentation, Kata Zero feels right at home on the indie-loving machine that is the Nintendo Switch.
Jordan HelmApr 26, 2019
A satisfying streak of action-platforming madness together with some great world-building; the intentions and executions may not always come across fulfilled or impactful, but Katana Zero at least is a game that will attract on its narrative substance, as much its dynamic pixel-art style.