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Rating: 4.1/5 (60 votes)
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Piksels

DoraHaving grown up at a time when E.T. on the Atari was the height of technology, I'm used to a lot of modern "retro games" usually embodying the worst of the era by emulating the clunky controls, tedious gameplay, and laughable translations. Maybe because everyone is bitter that they'll never make a better game than JoustSHUT UP IT'S AMAZING CAN'T HEAR YOU. Bart Bonte knows that old school can be elegant and challenging in its simplicity too, however, and his puzzle game Piksels (also playable on GameJolt), created for the #lowrezjam, proves simple can be sweet... and smart! Using either [WASD] or the [arrow] keys, your goal is to get each pixel into the outline on every stage, but when the rules start changing and the levels get trickier, you'll have to think outside the box. Or in. Depending on the design.

At just sixteen levels, Piksels is short, more snack than meal sized, but still manages to make some remarkably clever changes with its very basic concept. It's a bit like A Blocky Christmas, but with perhaps more thought involved due to the varying shapes you need to recreate. With nothing so fancy as instructions, you're basically left to figure out each new element introduced on your own, but things are intuitive enough that that's never a problem. Piksels is the sort of puzzle game that exemplifies the best of the genre... straightforward, yet mentally engaging, and accessible to just about everyone. Even if it doesn't involve ostriches.

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4 Comments

chipmunk May 20, 2014 2:19 PM

Finished! That was a good level of challenge.

BTW, did the end of the review's first paragraph get cut off?

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cendare May 21, 2014 9:02 AM

Off-topic maybe, but that Watch Dogs ad that plays before the game is extremely choppy and hard to listen to. Reloading didn't help.

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cendare May 21, 2014 11:53 PM

Also (today is my day to gripe I guess) I kind of wish the review had mentioned that "r" restarts a level. I had tried space, enter, and ESC, before I went searching to other sites for this info.

The game itself is cool and hard. I think I got halfway through in 20 minutes before I had to do other things. I'll probably go back to it.

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Pretty well designed games but the level where


you have three pixels with three sets of squares inside each other

was too much. I quit right there.

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