Zack Zero takes you on an action-packed platform adventure with incredible 3D graphics and the playability and entertainment of classic 2D games. Help Zack Zero save his beloved Marlene, kidnapped by the evil Zulrog in an effort to obtain the powerful substance that will allow him to travel back in time.
User reviews: Mixed (184 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 29, 2013
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"Zack Zero is a game with a retroish look, bearing both the style and flavour of those lifelong horizontal scrolling arcade adventures but packed with a technology proper to our times."
80/100 – IGN Spain

"Zack Zero is a triumph, it's a game which is just tremendously fun to play. When Zack Zero looks into the miraculous abyss of its mechanics, classical games look back at it."
8/10 – GamesTM

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Zack Zero takes you on an action-packed platform adventure with incredible 3D graphics and the playability and entertainment of classic 2D games. Help Zack Zero save his beloved Marlene, kidnapped by the evil Zulrog in an effort to obtain the powerful substance that will allow him to travel back in time.

Key Features

  • More than 30 characters, including 5 spectacular bosses!
  • Incredible and diverse scenarios.
  • Use Zack’s experimental suit to wield the powers of fire, ice and rock, with 10 unique skills that become increasingly powerful with use.
  • Develop Zack up to level 20, defeat enemies using a variety of creative attacks in order to reach Zack’s maximum power.
  • Find hidden objects in remote areas of each scenario, a true challenge for skilled treasure hunters.
  • Follow the storyline through animated comics that portray the game’s script.
  • Real-time online ranking system: find your friend’s scores and try to beat them.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor:2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or AMD equivalent
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 8600 GT 512 MB Video Card or AMD equivalent
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • OS:Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor:Any Quad-core Intel or AMD Processor
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce GTX 275 512MB Video Card or AMD equivalent
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
From what I hear this game is under 5 hours which really sucks because it is so good but I suppose since I paid $1.50 for it I will get my money's worth. Not sure why its review status is "mixed". I think a lot of people are having technical problems with it. Sorry to hear that. I have 1.5hrs so far and I had one glitch where I was jumping around in a pit and my guy disappeared and the controls froze in place but the game was still going. Was weird but what was cool was that it allowed me to go to the main menu and reload the game to fix it and what was even cooler is that it started me right about 5 seconds before that part when I continued my game so it was no big deal. The graphics are good, the effects are great, sounds and music good, and combat is fluid and fun. The only issue I've had with the controls so far is that movement while in-air is a bit too touchy. Often times I am trying to land on a platform but I touch left or right and I fall past it and die. So I often have to jimmy the stick back and forth to land a jump right just like in a old SNES game, but it is not too bad and not really much of a problem, especially since checkpoints are generous. All of the elements are cool and work well: fire, ice, and earth, and whatever the normal power is called. I don't exactly know what the benefits of switching elements in combat to get a higher score are, so I just mainly use my normal powers to fight and don't really give much of a ♥♥♥♥ as long as I can still progress through the game normally. It isn't rocket science people.

Very fun so far, a real shame it has to be so short. 8/10
Posted: October 23
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4.5 hrs on record
It's a nice game to get for 0.99$ and it's casual and short. Sure why not.
Posted: October 11
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0.9 hrs on record
I got this in a bundle. Feels buggy, laggy, and rushed. There are a lot of better platformers to choose from. This doesn't stand out aside from the nearly interesting character design, though even that doesn't quite all mesh together well.
Posted: October 11
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1.2 hrs on record
i really like this game. If your into side scrolling platformers, this is a good choice. I wish there were more games coming out like this.
Posted: September 27
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Illegitime child of Trine and Mega Man!

At the beginning I have to deny some informations pointed in negative reviews.
- Button delay - I had no problems like this one. Controling character was intuitive and easy.
- Graphics issues - I've played Zack for over 10 hours and I never had any problems with visual side of game.
- Game crash a lot - Never happened to me... not even once.
- Bugs - During gameplay I saw only one type of bugs - in-game enemies.

I do not know why so many people have problems with this game, but maybe you should learn how to properly configure your Windows and gamepads before you blame developers for all the evils of this world?

This is not a hardcore platformer. Even Steam achievements are enough easy to make 100% and get another "perfect game". It's a platformer, where you can experiment while searching for hidden objects. Even if you fail, game saves your progress every time you do a few steps, so it's not a problem to do searches like "I think there's a precipice, but let's check that place just in case...".
Puzzles are not very challenging and even a child should be able to resolve all of them very quickly.

As everyone can see on screenshots game is maintained in cartoon style, which is very similar to Pixar movies. In my personal opinion it's a good option for 2,5D productions like Zack. Animations are fine and cutscenes are quite interesting.
In-game music stimulates the atmosphere appropriate places, but is definitely not memorable. I forgot it already, and just 2 days have passed since I've finished this game.

Story is trivial, but be serious... do you seriously expect every game to be Sherlock-Holmes-Story-Telling-Level?
In Zack Zero storyline fits gameplay and game concept. I think it's more than enough.

I can truly recommend this game to young players and for everyone who like platformers, but not hardore ones where you can easily break your gamepad.

Posted: June 14
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
I got Zack Zero in a bundle. I opened it up to idle for cards.
I did not expect to play it. I did not expect to LIKE it.

Needless to say, I was surprised.

Zack Zero is cartoony-style and reminds me of Ben 10 almost, in the "I-have-different-powers-that-do-things". This game has a retro feel to it, like this is something I would have played on a previous generation of consoles, similar to Tak. It's controller-friendly, and after looking at reviews I saw people complaining of input-delay but I did not experience any of this with my Onza or my FusionA.

Zack has the power of fire (fantastic for dealing with enemies), earth (great for breaking through ground, and good for AOE), and ice (slows down time, and freezes enemies). He also has his regular suit for when you run out of power. It regenerates pretty fast, so don't worry. So does the health. Overall, it's pretty forgiving. There's no lives, so no penalty on dying except for having to redo the jumping puzzle you JUST DID. There's also some hidden treasures to find.

I'm not saying Zack Zero is a great game. It's not. It's a good game. It's nothing original. But it's FUN to play. It's a nice break. Sometimes we need that.
Don't look too deeply. It's a 2.5D side scrolling platformer that's mostly polished and is a nice break for several hours. I absolutely recommend it.

I enjoyed my time with Zack Zero, and although I am not sure if it's worth the full ten, this week it's on sale for a buck and you'd be silly not to get it for that price. (and it has cards!) Also, if you've got kids in the house I'll bet they'd love it as well.
Posted: July 14
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Got this game during the weekly sale for $0.99 USD, and it is definitely worth paying and playing if you enjoy action platformers.

If you like platformers, chaining different combos for that wonderful score multiplier, and large areas to explore, then you will really like this game.

The aesthetics are very good with lots of detail in the environment. The music is nice and is appropriate for the action and atmosphere.

The controls are not overly complicated, however, chaining different combos can be fairly challenging. The learning curve is moderate, again with most of the difficulty due to the combos (if you care about increasing your multiplier to maximize your score). I strongly suggest using a control instead of the keyboard. You do not use the mouse when you play this game (even in the menu screen).

I think the game may not be fully optimized for Windows 8.1, as I cannot seem to be able to change the resolution to anything besides the default (1280x760 i believe). If I change it to anything else, the game appears to zoom into the top left, so it seriously obscures your field of vision (impractical to play this way). I do not believe there is a resolution fix at the moment.

The game starts off with a helpful tutorial that lets you most of the available skills - its similar to the original Assassin's Creed where your character is maxed out, then you start the real game debuffed back to level 1. You even get to see the stats screen that strips away all of your skills and levels.

You have 4 different suits: regular, fire, ice, and earth. You can switch to any at will, but the elemental ones drain energy - and you will automatically switch back to regular Zack once you deplete your bar (it refills fairly quickly). Each suit has different abilities and uses. For example, the fire suit can shoot fireballs (surprise!), glide in the air, and also moves the fastest. The ice suit can slow down time (extremely useful for navigating through numerous environmental hazards) and use ice attacks, freezing enemies. The earth suit cannot jump, however, it is essential for breaking through destructible obstacles and getting to secret areas.

During combat, if you switch suits and vary your attacks, you will boost your multiplier (resulting in boosts to your score). This can be tricky to master in the beginning, especially if you are not using a controller as the keys bindings are very close to each other. The game progresses in difficulty at a reasonable pace. The first few boss fights were pretty easy to defeat.

As you pick up the collectibles, you will gain experience for levelling up. I am pretty sure leveling up is automatic, as I have not been able to select which skills to invest in (mind you, I did not get very far into the game at the time of this review). There are secret areas with collectible trinkets for the achievement hunters. The stages are pretty big, allowing you a lot of space to explore.

Overall, I think any platformer junkie should give this a try, especially if you love chaining your combos and watching that multiplier go up. There is a scrolling bar that provides feedback on your score's global ranking, as well as its comparison against any of your friends who may have the game.


DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
Posted: July 15
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Good little side-scroller. Interesting suit mechanics keep the game fresh, and the art style is really enjoyable to take in while playing.
Posted: May 26
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
30.9 hrs on record
Nice game. Visually pleasing for sure. Played it on the PC. Loved it. Alittle buggy, but I can deal.
If you make it for the Mac I'll buy again. Love the rich colors bro.
Posted: May 29
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
I bought this game while it was on 90% discount sale. A really good 99 cents investment. Zack Zero is an excellent platformer with graphics color palette similar to sudeki with character movement similar to earthworm jim. The game has some decent cutscenes although the voice-over isnt as good as i would have appreciated; however not bad.

+Good Graphics for a 820MB game
+Fluid gameplay, no lag, no jitters unless youre in contact with enemies
+Earth, Fire and ice power morphs for gameplay variety
+Hidden locations with hidden items for a slight challenge giving it a slight puzzle game feeling
+Cutscenes with voice-over/narration
+Automatic checkpoint saves so no issues if your character falls off the platform/dies or you quit abruptly
+Fictional Alien planet exploration
+No game-bugs experienced in my time spent playing this game on my system which isnt really "latest"

-Voice-over sub-par
-Linear Storyline and slightly cliched
-The hidden levels and puzzle attempts are rather simple. Slightly more complicated situations would have been nice.
-Powers recharge very quickly so theres less strategizing on budgeting power usage. Its more about using variety of powers to get a better score

The cons mentioned arent really cons in my opinion. Ive just laid them out for those expecting those aspects.This review is strictly my opinion. I will definitely recommend this game especially when on sale. It has a very nostalgic feel to it and is a lot of fun.
Posted: July 17
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Love this game, Great fun :D
Posted: July 18
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Zack Zero hearkens back to the late 80s, early 90s when Saturday morning cartoons and cheesy platforming mascots reigned supreme. The platforming is decent although doesn't provide much challenge. The graphics, music and overall production quality are very good for an indie platformer, although you will experience some bugs. The most common bug I experienced were the sound fx cutting out at some points. Lastly, the last level and ending of the game just scream that they didn't have the resources to properly finish the game. It really left me with a negative last impression of the game; but all things considered it was an enjoyable experience and worth picking up if you can get it for a buck or two.
Posted: June 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Not bad,really coloful thing
Posted: August 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Very good platform with variants and original ideas, plus sceret areas and easter eggs references to legendary 8bit platform games. Starts easy but gets tougher and tougher. Very nice gfx, no problems on my 7970M with latest Catalyst.
For all true platform lovers grown up with Turrican and other 16bit classics...
Posted: July 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Fun indie game
Posted: July 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Bought this game for $1, and was impressed with what I got. Worth $10, that's for sure. Recommended if youre into this kind of game. 8/10.
Posted: July 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
One of The most fun platformers so far. Love The game and woud honestfully recomend it to anyone weather you like platformers or not! Kinda laggy at some times doe but still great!
Posted: July 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
I only have five minutes (not tecnecly though) on this because my game just opens the closes right like 3 second after so i cant give this game a good review but i'v looked at other reviews and it seem like it is a good game, and luckly on got this on sale fror only 99 cents so its not a wast of money for me,but i do think that it would be a good game to get even at full price.
Posted: July 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Fantastic! Wow.
Posted: July 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
really nice game :D
Posted: July 21
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