A Pixel Story Review

A Pixel Story is a puzzle platformer that takes players on a journey through gaming history, with plenty of humour and challenges along the way. Is A Pixel Story worth checking out? Read our review below..

  • Dev: Lamplight Studios
  • Pub: Rising Star Games
  • Release Date: 24/02/17
  • PEGI Rating: 7
  • Players: 1
  • Size: 1.5 GB
  • Category: Platformer
  • Price: £9.59/$11.99
  • Fans of retro inspired games rejoice, A Pixel Story by Lamplight Studios may be the nostalgia trip we didn’t know we needed. Kicking off with a cinematic in which the ball from Pong becomes our newly sentient unlikely hero, A Pixel Story engages players in an enjoyable albeit tongue in cheek heavy retelling of the history of game development in the format of an open 2D world puzzle platformer.  Deep inside your computer, the evil Operating System is wreaking havoc and it is up to “The Chosen One” to stop the devastation.  

    We’re not alone, however, as our hero has the assistance of Search, a floating robot guide prone to long winded explanations. While platforming and puzzle solving are A Pixel Story’s bread and butter for game mechanics, there is one little trick hiding up the game’s sleeve.  Following the completion of the required introductory level, the hero comes into possession of a conspicuously recognizable red hat. This isn’t just any hat, though, for it is imbibed with teleportation powers.

    A Pixel Story welcomes players into a delightful, sprawling 2D open world with areas that can be revisited at will full of interesting characters that have plenty of little side quests to keep players busy. In the earlier stages of the game, much like the early years of game development, A Pixel Story takes on a retro, heavily pixelated art style. But as the hero and player progress on their mission through the System’s generations, the game’s art style progresses, as well. The platforming in the game feels easy and intuitive, relying on a variety of springs, platforms, and spiky obstacles to avoid. That said, there are some more difficult to reach areas that take some ingenuity to reach if the player really wants to acquire all of the coins and collectibles.  

    If the player finds the general platforming and puzzle solving adventures of A  Pixel Story’s main quest to be too easy, the game also offers a variety of Challenge Rooms which can be found scattered throughout the world.  Acquiring memory and coins allows access to these Challenge Room, which feature a static room with difficult platforming mechanics that must be completed in a single run. If the player finds the general platforming and puzzle solving adventures of A  Pixel Story’s main quest to be too easy, the game also offers a variety of Challenge Rooms which can be found scattered throughout the world.

    A download code was provided for this review by the developer/publisher
    8.2
    Gameplay 7.5
    Graphics 9.5
    Audio 8
    Replay Value 7.5
    Value for Money 8.5
    A Pixel Story

    A Pixel Story is entirely unashamed of its attack on nostalgia as it overflows with references to pop culture for the sake of humor, as well as reminding the player that it is notably self aware even if some of the jokes and references seem a little obvious or even easy.  Given its surprisingly low price point, A Pixel Story is chocked absolutely full of content that is not only visually pleasing but flat out enjoyable to play and replay, especially for fans that want a taste of retro.

    • In game generations progress graphically with story
    • 2D Open World
    • Amazing Value for Price
    • Most Nostalgia in One Game Award
    • Companion AI is long winded
    • Tongue In Cheek humor is a little overdone at times

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