PixelJunk Shooter PC

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. PC PowerPlay
    Mar 28, 2014
    70
    A simple shooter with some cool puzzles. It won't change your world but acts as a pleasant enough distraction. [Apr 2014, p.59]
  2. Jan 15, 2014
    65
    Standing out in a deluge of indie games, PixelJunk Shooter looks great – production-wise, everything, from graphics to controls, is much more refined and thought-out. But the gameplay itself is too linear and simplistic than the clever, mind-bending puzzles we have enjoyed over the last few years. They should have ported this one sooner.
  3. Dec 2, 2013
    65
    Playing right through will take you about five or five-and-a-half hours, so it’s not a long game - but you know what else is repetitive and takes less time than that? Call of Duty. Do a value-for-money comparison on that.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 24, 2015
    9
    I was surprised how this game was so simple and at the same time sooooo funny to play. As you go forward in the game it goes more complicatedI was surprised how this game was so simple and at the same time sooooo funny to play. As you go forward in the game it goes more complicated but without losing gameplay. It's a superb game, one of my favourites.
    Good: very addictive + varied + puzzles + water, fire and gas mixed + smooth movements + very long + boss fights + and much more.....
    Bad: to say something maybe some music level but i can't find nothing more
    Full Review »
  2. Jun 24, 2015
    7
    PixelJunk Shooter is a very surprising game. On one hand the premises is very simple, just a simple 2D shooter and the difficulty is almostPixelJunk Shooter is a very surprising game. On one hand the premises is very simple, just a simple 2D shooter and the difficulty is almost non-existent for now I guess. Very little complaints as everything hits the mark very well, though I have heard the game is pretty short and the final boss battle is pretty cheap. But overall a great, solid, fluid physics shooter game! Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    9
    This is a fun, unique little game. It controls like Asteroids and your goal is rescuing civilians, like Choplifter, giving it an old schoolThis is a fun, unique little game. It controls like Asteroids and your goal is rescuing civilians, like Choplifter, giving it an old school charm, but its physics and puzzles also make it feel modern. You control your ship's movement with WASD and your aiming with the mouse. Both are completely independent, so you can move one way and shoot the other, for example. Your job is to pilot your ship through a planet to rescue miners, which you do by right clicking to grab them with your tractor beam-like device. Left click is for shooting at a variety of underground creatures and for blasting away rock that may be in your path. Once you rescue a set number of miners on a level, the exit will unlock, allowing you to move onto the next level.

    The heart, fun and real challenge in the game comes with the puzzle element, which greatly employs physics-obeying lava and water. You can fly through water, but lava will destroy your ship, meaning that you have to either move the lava out of the way or neutralize it with water, both of which you may do by shooting out rock underneath it. You need to plan your moves, though, because a mistake could burn you or some miners with lava or make it otherwise difficult to accomplish your objective. There are also items that you'll find that interact with the lava and water and which you may need to use wisely to finish levels, but I won't say more, since part of the fun is discovering things on your own.

    I'm only partway into the game and it's fun. It's a nice combination of arcade shooter and puzzle game. Neither aspect is too hard, so you can enjoy the game without being frustrated, but it's just challenging enough that you'll make mistakes now and then. I recommend it to arcade fans and puzzle fans.
    Full Review »