• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Oct 2, 2007

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 35
  2. Negative: 9 out of 35
  1. Multiplayer mode is a welcome addition, and despite how unfriendly the PSP can be sometimes, it’s a great quickie on a bus ride. Hot Pixel is not something you’ll play forever and ever, but it’s a nifty fad.
  2. 73
    It relies too much on contrived style to mask its simplicity. [Issue#155, p.85]
  3. The ADD style of play isn't for everyone, and Djon, as crazy as he is, can't replace Wario and his puffy mustache. Nevertheless, this is a respectable and trendy clone.
  4. Hot Pixel is the game for any PSP owners longing for some WarioWare action. It's credit to ZSlide that they've managed to emulate the formula so closely, providing the variety, addiction and weird elements that catapulted Nintendo's series to success.
  5. Hot Pixel has an excellent reward system with plenty of unlocks to keep things interesting. If you're a fan of the old 8-bit arcade gameplay or enjoy a faster-paced game, you might want to give Hot Pixel a try.
  6. From the moment you turn the game on it's clear that Hot Pixel wants to be the next Wario Ware. Unfortunately the game is never quite as good as what Nintendo was able to do four years ago, which is a real shame.
  7. Hot Pixel is Atari's take on the WarioWare games. It's not bad, it's just blatantly derivative.
  8. Even after adding the additional 70 downloadable games to the plethora already present in HOT PXL, it's still painfully obvious that you're playing the same limited selection of ideas over and over. [Oct 2007, p.97]
  9. 65
    The developers at zSlide have tried their hardest to make it all seem original and fresh but it doesn't take long to work out they've really not done a whole lot more than attempt to slip an ill-fitting urban skin over gameplay mechanics borrowed wholesale from the Nintendo classic ["WarioWare"].
  10. If you’re a PSP owner without a GBA or DS, you need to face the facts – you’re just depriving yourself a lot of fun by not owning one of Nintendo’s handhelds. Take the money you were going to spend on this game and put it towards one of those systems and a copy of Wario Ware.
  11. Great fun picking up the culture references but the enjoyment is short-lived. [Aug 2007, p.81]
  12. It's a game that's just not clever enough by half. Modelled, shamelessly on a game that's too clever by miles. So it's not necessarily bad. It's just not good enough.
  13. In the end then, Hot Pixel is undoubtedly fun, especially in the short term and in quick bursts, but it isn't the non-stop party that Atari probably hoped it would be.
  14. Fun and the type of game the PSP desperately needs, but it is disappointingly restrained in both substance and creativity.
  15. Blame rapidly decaying attention spans if you want, but this won't hold your attention for long. [Aug 2007, p.103]
  16. If you buy a "Rolex" watch from a street vendor, you have a good idea of the quallity that went into it. The same realization applies for this poorly handled clone. [Oct 2007, p.127]
  17. The game’s back-of-the-box claim of ‘Mega Instant Fun’ is somewhat misleading, as the mini-games are neither mega-instant nor mega-fun, but they are certainly pretty speedy and usually enjoyable and challenging on some level.
  18. 60
    Hot Pixel does what it set out to do, clone Wario Ware without actually becoming Wario Ware, and it surprisingly succeeds, even if it's just a modest victory.
  19. It’s hard to ignore the fact that Hot Pixel is a blatant clone of Wario Ware, but try not to hold that against it.
  20. If you can get past how limited it all feels, you'll have a modicum of fun. [Nov 2007, p.123]
  21. The games all blur together, and many of them are so similar that it seems like there are more like 20 or 30 games rather than 200+. [Nov 2007, p.90]
  22. 55
    It was only a matter of time until the PSP caught microgame madness, and while it's fun in bursts, it's also derivative and disappointingly insincere.
  23. This poorly made game lacks focus, organization and any sort of elegance that would make it fun for almost any period of time.
  24. The rapid succession of games may be suited for handheld play, but they lack the variety to remain compelling. [Aug 2007, p.78]
  25. Hot Pixel for the PSP would have been a fun alternative to Nintendo’s micro mini-game offering but in the end, it just lacks quality or quantity and that little spark of fun that makes gamers want to revisit the mini-games again and again.
  26. 50
    Hot Pixel just isn't very good, despite a few decent ideas. It's a collection of mini-games of variable quality bound together by an obnoxious urban style, and throwing in some classic Atari touches isn't going to make it any more tolerable.
  27. 49
    It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but this is practically a slap in the face of a title that works really well.
  28. What could have been a good game inspired by the great "Warioware" series instead is nothing more than a poor imitation. [Nov 2007, p.62]
  29. Wherever the line is between very simple and very simple but addictive, Hot Pixels doesn't cross it in most cases.
  30. If zSlide wants to directly compete with WarioWare’s creativity, not toying with the PSP’s optional camera or microphone has been a missed opportunity. [July 2007, p.94]
  31. 40
    Despite a few nice features and a cool graphical style (pixel art is pretty awesome), the lame microgames outweigh the good ones by a hefty margin.
  32. 35
    Hot Pixel is the most blatantly derivative product we've seen for years, but to make matters worse, it fails to offer up any sort of compelling gameplay or long term value.
  33. 30
    When it comes down to it, there’s essentially nothing here to recommend this over any other game, for example, something like WarioWare. That game has character, is constantly funny and contains a great selection of fun minigames. Hot Pixel fails to deliver on all counts.
  34. It’s hard for me to think of anyone who would find Hot Pixel entertaining, even at its reduced RRP of £19.99. It would be too fast and frantic for young kids, too ridiculously camp at being street for young teenagers and too brain-numbingly dull for anybody with an IQ over 50 to play it for more than half an hour.
  35. Quirky games like this work only when there's a huge amount of truly inspired imagination behind them. Here, there isn't. [July 2007, p.97]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. TobyO.
    Nov 6, 2007
    Lots of critical hate for this game; a little harsh, in my opinion. Yes, it's a Wario Ware ripoff, but how many Wii games are, too? Lots of critical hate for this game; a little harsh, in my opinion. Yes, it's a Wario Ware ripoff, but how many Wii games are, too? It's also a little cheesy and repetitive, but I was still moved to play through it, and download the 70 free games online. PSP needed a game like this, and I think Hot PXL did a decent job. Full Review »