About this game
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.
Critic Reviews11 Reviews
Grant Huff — Apr 18, 2019
The soundtrack is incredible, the game has a beautiful pixelated art style with a neon noir touch, the narrative completely captured during my playthrough, and the gameplay is thought-provoking, fast, incredibly fun to play and even more fun to play once you have mastered it. If you are a fan of action 2D platformers, Katana ZERO is without question a must buy and one of my favorite games of the year so far.
Mitchell Saltzman — Apr 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.
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David Morgan — Apr 18, 2019
Katana Zero is a singular piece of art, with an earnest intensity rarely seen in gaming. Moving, exciting, and beautiful, itâs something best left played rather than explained.
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David Lloyd — Apr 18, 2019
Completing each of the 11 missions only took a few hours but my playtime increased dramatically trying to earn each of the different endings. In so many aspects I was left wanting more. I want to play more as the secondary character, I want to understand the story better, and in so many cases I just want to know what the hell is going on. Katana Zero is such a wild drug-crazed adventure that I just can’t get enough of and I will continue to be getting my fix of it for weeks to come.
Mitch Vogel — Apr 18, 2019
Katana Zero is unmistakably a game that you need to add to your Switch collection at earliest opportunity. The tough, hair-raising action sequences, gripping narrative, and impeccable sense of style elevate Katana Zero high above many of its peers, cementing it as a modern classic that sets new standards for what a side scrolling action game can be. This is the kind of game that you’ll blindly play through once and soon find yourself wishing you could have that first-time experience again; there’s nothing else quite like it on the eShop and we can’t recommend it enough.
Joe Juba — Apr 18, 2019
When Katana Zero is in top form, it is a satisfying and stylish action/puzzle hybrid that rewards your patience and persistence. But the longer you play, the more the effect diminishes. The assassination scenarios start blending together, and the cutscenes stop inspiring curiosity. That tipping point is what stops Katana Zero from reaching its full potential, but it doesn’t negate the pride that comes from a well-planned and perfectly executed sword-slashing rampage.
Alex Harding — Apr 18, 2019
Katana ZERO may have flown under the radar in the most recent Nindies Showcase, but let it be known that it truly stands up amongst the rest of them. The story has you questioning everything that happens, but not in a way that leaves you lost and scratching your head. This plot, coupled with precision perfect gameplay, makes Katana ZERO one of the great indie games of 2019.
Mike Williams — Apr 18, 2019
Be the ultimate badass and kill your enemies in slow-motion. There are a lot of games that try to be like Hotline Miami, moving from area-to-area murdering with sheer ruthlessness, but few games match the execution and style like Katana Zero. Great pixel art, a wonderful use of color, and fantastic synthwave soundtrack. From start to finish, it's a fever dream worth having.
Alex Santa Maria — Apr 18, 2019
If you can ignore gameplay flaws and focus on style, you might fall in love with its VHS trappings. However, if you want something beyond style, if you want an interesting interactive tale or a precise action game, you should look elsewhere. Those looking to travel back in time have so many options that hit on the precise itch that Katana Zero does. Even with all the style in the world and brief moments of satisfactory gameplay, it’s just not always worth dealing with this particular set of headaches.
Alberto Lloret — Apr 18, 2019
Katana ZERO es un bello y ágil juego de acción pixelado que explora ideas interesantes, tanto en mecánicas como en narrativa, pero que siempre deja con la sensación de ser corto, y de que podía dar más de sí, con algunas mecánicas no aprovechadas del todo. Sus 12 niveles dan para 6-7 horas, aunque la toma de decisiones hace que sea rejugable.
Florian Velter — Apr 19, 2019
Le Troisième District de la Nouvelle-Mecque est un coin sinistre, où tout schlingue la déprime. Météo grisouille, bâtiments en ruines, forces de police omniprésentes. Dans ce futur-là comme dans beaucoup de pays qui sortent d'un conflit armé, c’est tout sauf la fête.