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Review – A Pixel Story

by on March 8, 2017
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Release Date

February 24th, 2017 - Xbox One and PS4
March 30, 2015 - PC

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Developer: Lamplight Studios
Publisher: Rising Star Games

 

If there is one thing that I respect the most from the gaming industry, it’s the reverence and love for games that have come from our past.  In recent times, we have seen a rise in HD remakes and easter eggs with call backs to past gaming legends.  We also see games with a ‘retro’ feel and look.  A Pixel Story takes things one step further by created a game that graphically takes you through gaming history.  The final product is a challenging ode to 2D puzzle platforming that more or less accomplishes what it has set out to do.

In the beginning, A Pixel Story takes you to where it all began – a game of Pong.  Through miraculous intervention, a Pong ball is transported from the game and evolved into our hero.  You mission is to travel through The System in order to stop an evil OS and save the gaming world.  Throughout the 6 game zones, you will see the graphics evolve and change as you go further into gaming history.  You start off in a simple 8 bit world and end in graphics that you would typically see on current consoles and PC.

The way that A Pixel Story changes as you progress is one of the coolest features of the game.  I really enjoyed seeing the evolution of graphics and how it plays a part in the gameplay.  Lamplight Studios developed great zones to explore with plenty of easter eggs and call backs to entertain anyone who knows a little about gaming history.  I don’t want to list all of the easter eggs that I saw.  But you can expect plenty of them from popular 8, 16, and 32 bit games as well as very recent games. Keep in mind that while the graphic changes are fun to see, they also play an important role in the gameplay.

As the game progresses, puzzles and platforming will get more and more challenging.  At the beginning of the game, you start with the basics or running and jumping.  As you progress, you will eventually have the Magical Teleportation Hat.  The game tasks you with finding the hat first.  After you do, you will use it countless times.  It allows you to teleport in order to overcome or solve puzzles.  The puzzles were pretty challenging, but did not take away from the fun I had with the game.  You can also teleport to previous zones in order to unlock areas that were unreachable without the hat.  This aspect is very important, especially if you need to acquire crystals or items for NPCs that are in each zone.  Again, the puzzles were challenging and there are plenty of areas to explore in each zone.  This may not lead to a lot of replay-ability, especially if you spend the time during your first run to collect everything.

I already mentioned the graphics, but I also want to mention the sound and music quality.  As you progress though each zone, the music matches the type of generation that the zone is representing.  The 8 bit zone has appropriate 8 bit music that you would expect from a game in that era.  You can hear the same quality as you progress.  Kudos to Lamplight Studios for taking extra special care in the graphics and sound!

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The concept of A Pixel Story is fantastic.  I loved the graphical changes as I went through each zone.  The gameplay may be a little simple for some and the puzzles may not be challenging for every gamer.  It’s a great indie game for any gamer who enjoys platforming, puzzles, and a walk through game development history.

 

Note:  GameOctane Editor Ryan Welch received a review code for the purpose of reviewing this game.  Any review code is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience. 

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Story concept
Graphic and sound changes in each zone

Negatives

Puzzles and gameplay may be too simple for some

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B

 
Graphics
A-

 
Story
B

 
Replay Value
B-

Total Score
B

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I loved the graphical changes as I went through each zone. The gameplay may be a little simple for some and the puzzles may not be challenging for every gamer. It's a great indie game for any gamer who enjoys platforming, puzzles, and a walk through game development history.

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