A Pixel Story Has been available on PC for just under year now but is now accessible to console players. This puzzle plat-former hearkens back to days past in gaming history and jumps forward all the way to today's high visual graphics. All the while engaging the player in a world of charming and clever characters.
The story is simple, you play as Pixel, or rather a pixel that has been given a physical form but you are still within a digital world. The evil OS wants to destroy the universe and it's up to you to put a stop to that. After some time, you gain control of a magical hat, that looks like Mario’s, but allows you to “Cache” you location and teleport back to it. I really enjoyed this mechanic as it allowed me to think abstractly to solve a puzzle. In the later levels, you aren't given new abilities but rather new ways to use said abilities. This is also set behind upgrades in the graphics department with is quite clever.
The visual angle of this game really does play around with the idea of how much different each generation of gaming has been. Not only adding more things for the player to do but also seeing how much things had advanced between them. The best thing is it never gets heavy handed with the history lesson and most of the time is quite comical when talking to other characters. That leads me to the next point, the writing is so much fun. If this counts as complement, its reminds me of Tim Shaffer's style. Charm pouring from every angle.
If i had a something to gripe about, it would have to be the music leaves a lot to be desired. I'm sure what the artistic choice her was but i felt like the music was an afterthought. I would have loved to have clearly different music in each section that stood out made me remember it but its just so forgettable. The other thing that bothered me so much was how floaty the character controlled, I feel like tighter controls would’ve been nice. Maybe that was part of the difficulty challenge but it got me killed more often than not.
Overall this game is a blast, fun through and through. The later bits get aggressively challenging, I'm looking at you recycle bin. But once you finish, it's quite satisfying. I give A Pixel Story a 7.5 outta 10.
A PIxel Story releases February 24th on Xbox One and PS4. You can follow the developer, LampLight Studios on their twitter account @LamplightGames. YOu can follow the publisher, Rising Star Games on their official twitter account @RisingStarGames
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