Pix the Cat is an arcade time trial leaderboard game, challenging your reflexes and wits as you compete against your friends and the world for the number one spot on the leaderboard! Does Pix the Cat take the cream? Read our review below to find out..
Pix the Cat is fairly simplistic in its gameplay, but boy is it addictive! With a feeling of the arcade classic Pac-Man, and Mobile game grand-daddy Snake, mixed together with a small sprinkling of the Mega Drive/Genesis title Flicky, Pix the Cat has the ingredients that make for the perfect pick up and play competitive game.
Arcade is the main game mode and while all you really need are either the D-pad or right analogue stick to control Pix, the gameplay is really simplistic. However, mastering the movement is a whole different ball game as the further you get into the levels the faster pix moves, meaning the mistakes will happen, more so because at times the controls do feel a little un-responsive. the whole idea is to collect the chicks from each level and deliver them to the targets. picking up all the chicks before delivering them will result in a perfect score for the level. Sounds fairly straight forward until later when there’s more chicks than space available and you have to back track to previous levels to make a little more room as the trail of chicks follow you around.
Like snake though, if you do happen to collide with your ‘tail’ of chicks you’ll loose them and as a result will break your combo. Combos can also be broken by colliding with walls, although you are given a couple of seconds grace to move Pix before you are penalised. all this while racing against the clock to make it as far as possible while keeping a perfect score to be number one on the leaderboard is just so intense. and you’ll find yourself coming back for more. The other game modes are Laboratory and Nostalgia.
In laboratory Pix can’t stop once moved in a direction until he hits a wall. the idea of this mode is to collect all the eggs in as little amount of moves as possible. It features a different look along with a different soundtrack to the main game too. The same goes for Nostalgia mode which has a 1940’s cartoon style giving Pix a Felix the Cat vibe. In nostalgia mode you have to collect the set amount of eggs per level with a bonus of doing so before the goat eats the flower.
Arena mode is a versus couch co-op mode for up to 4 players, where you go head to head to defeat each other using the eggs dotted around the level as ammo. a fun mode that brings back some of that old school couch rivalry, dead arms included…
The visuals in Pix the Cat are fantastic, with each mode having a very different look. the main game’s neon colours go hand in hand with it’s manic gameplay. the soundtrack is very varied and again feature different tracks depending on which game mode you’re playing.