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Pixel Story, a clever trip to the past
April 5, 2017
By Alexander Cattani - G4 Canada
To me, peering into the past and familiarizing myself with the history of videogames is just as interesting as speculating about what the future of the medium could potentially hold. Upon loading up A Pixel Story without any prior knowledge of the title, I expected to be in for yet another 8-bit indie jaunt that tugged on the well-worn heartstrings of gamers from a particular era. While A Pixel Story is guilty of just that, developer Lamplight studios' approach to gameplay and presentation warrants some attention.
The story takes place in The System. The risk of corruption via an evil Operating System aptly named the "OS" threatens the world you inhabit. To help stop the threat, the player must traverse to the system's core before it's too late. The story isn't anything to write home about but I found that it provided some chuckles via humours NPC chatter and references to both pop culture and videogames of yore. Some references might fall on deaf ears for the younger gamers due to the subject matter being before their time. Though with this said, a majority of the pop-culture nods are sure get a chuckle from most people.
During the course of the title, the art and gameplay mechanics will evolve and change to reflect the evolution of bit gaming. Having each act throw in more complex gameplay tools kept things from getting stale. Think classic Mario with slightly more nuance. With this said, don't let A Pixel Story's light-hearted aesthetic fool you. Some levels are tough as nails and require both keen precision and thinking outside of the box to complete. At spots I even had to resort to looking at a guide for help. Though I immediately regretted doing this, as the rush of excitement that I would've felt when overcoming these insurmountable odds was stifled.
The core gameplay consists of plat forming and teleportation puzzles. In the latter sections, there is some combat but I personally enjoyed the sections that focused on environmental puzzles the most. I felt as if the combat was thrown in just to gather the attention of the more mainstream player. The combat isn't terrible by any means, just bland.
A Pixel Story is a light-hearted yet challenging adventure. Those who have a respect for classic videogames and a fondness puzzling game design needn't look any further.
A Pixel Story
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