Tales of Kenzera: Zau Reviews

Tales of Kenzera: Zau is ranked in the 67th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Lee Mehr
Top Critic
5.5 / 10.0
May 25, 2024

Surgent Studios' debut title is a tale of two extremes: enthusiasm for this heartfelt story about grief and apathy for the Metroidvania around it.

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IGN
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2024

Tales of Kenzera: Zau's action isn't groundbreaking within the genre, but its elevated by a truly moving tale about how to go on in this world when your loved ones have passed on to the next.

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PC Gamer
Top Critic
73 / 100
Apr 22, 2024

Tight design and compelling mythology compensate for a few too many borrowed ideas.

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4 / 5
Apr 22, 2024

What Tales of Kenzera lacks in creative game design it makes up for in vital, passionate storytelling.

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7 / 10
Apr 22, 2024

A polished Metroidvania infused with Africana, whose linearity and overreliance on rote-learning action sequences undermine its otherwise high standards.

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2024
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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2024

Tales of Kenzera: Zau conveys its somber themes with nuance and passion. It's just a shame the gameplay doesn't always match those highs, especially in a genre flooded with quality indies, because Zau's journey – and Zuberi's parallel journey – are stories I'll be thinking about for quite some time

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8 / 10
Apr 22, 2024

Surgent Studios' debut game, Tales of Kenzera: Zau, is another incredible EA Originals title.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2024

I believe it will help anyone who plays it understand themselves more, especially if they feel the darkness life can throw at them has changed them somehow. It’s a beautiful game, an essential game, and the groundwork for what I hope becomes a franchise that takes those things in life some of us have been taught to bottle up and presents them front and center.

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2024

Tales of Kenzera: ZAU is a discreet, well-thought-out metroidvania that is accessible to the vast majority of players, both experienced and new. A proposal that will be attractive to lovers of the genre. However, those who are looking for a title at the level of the best games of this title, currently has a wide range of alternatives on the market that they will surely enjoy more.

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72 / 100
Apr 22, 2024

A simple and entertaining metroidvania that, although not one of the best in the genre, is able to connect with us like few games do thanks to its powerful message.

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5 / 10
Apr 22, 2024

Tales of Kenzera: ZAU is an ambitious game, and this kind of endeavour should be applauded and encouraged. Seeking to harness the difficult topic of grief in the form of a Metroidvania was always a big ask. Unfortunately, on this occasion, it proved a challenge that simply hasn't been met.

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8 / 10
Apr 22, 2024

As a story of loss, grief, and acceptance, Tales of Kenzera: Zau is a game like few out there. It's short and, in some ways, it can be basic. Given the story that it's telling, that's just fine.

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6.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2024

Tales of Kenzera: ZAU is a video game with su much heart... enclosed in an imperfect container. Moving within the various regions of Kenzera is a pleasure, but for a good part of the game the combat remains more of a burden than a pleasure. When things finally start to get more complicated the adventure finally seems to take off, but unfortunately this happens far too late.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2024

Tales of Kenzera: Zau is a well-made, confident adventure with some great voice-acting, and fluid, addictive platforming.

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8 / 10
Apr 22, 2024

In Tales of Kenzera: Zau, grief and acceptance tug at your heart between bouts of refined combat and slick traversal. While seasoned Metroidvania fans will want more diversions and mystique, the game’s platforming abilities and challenges do justice to its setting.

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Unscored
Apr 22, 2024

Tales Of Kenzera has a sensitive story and is beautifully designed, with an intriguing world to explore - but some imprecision lets it down in the platforming and combat. It's still more than worth a go for players looking for something fresh.

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70 / 100
Apr 22, 2024

Tales of Kenzera: ZAU rests on a solid foundation, yet prioritizes its narrative at the expense of its game design. Rather than allowing its gameplay and narrative to support each other, it discards some of the medium's unique strengths for a competent if bland experience that fails to give full weight to its subject matter.

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Apr 22, 2024

Zau's journey with grief is compounded by his desire to be a valued member of his society, and to fill the empty footsteps left behind by his father's death. Surgent Studio's efforts to twist the heartbreaking experience of a son mourning his father with metroidvania style gameplay gives homage to how one person's time with grief is not always linear. Just as grief presents new challenges, we learn new tools to cope with the obstacles. It is an excellent juxtaposition that is marred with some frustrating technical issues and the need for just a bit more polish.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 10, 2024

By far and away the best thing about Tales of Kenzera: Zau is its narrative, Surgent Studios have proven themselves to be quite the masterful storytellers. A story tackling grief, acceptance and loss is rare in this day and age and the team have done extremely well of making it relatable. Not only that but the world and imagery in Kenzera is some of the best I’ve seen and I hope that this is just the beginning for these tales of Kenzera, as I am certainly ready for more.

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