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  • Summary: Journey across the expertly-recreated worlds of more than a dozen vintage gaming systems. Life of Pixel takes you on a historical tour-de-force across the rich landscape of 8-bit and 16-bit gaming. Chock-full of tricks & traps, double jumps, gravity inversion, secrets & specials. VanquishJourney across the expertly-recreated worlds of more than a dozen vintage gaming systems. Life of Pixel takes you on a historical tour-de-force across the rich landscape of 8-bit and 16-bit gaming. Chock-full of tricks & traps, double jumps, gravity inversion, secrets & specials. Vanquish the enemy pixels and bosses who try to thwart you throughout your quest. [Nintendo.com] Expand

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
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  1. 80
    The game isn’t perfect, and the retro gaming style may not appeal to everyone, but if you are looking for a retro gaming history lesson, Life of Pixel is a must own.
  2. Jul 5, 2015
    70
    If you fancy yourself a brutal challenge that hearkens back to gaming's days of yore, this is a one-way ticket to the 80's and 90's that won't cost you much more than a bad new wave CD.
  3. Sep 30, 2015
    65
    Life of Pixel is an act of love to the retrogaming era. Unfortunately the nostalgia effect it's not enough to pass on some poor game design decisions.
  4. Nov 11, 2015
    60
    Life of Pixel does a fine job at recreating the nostalgic environments of videogaming from the 1980s and 1990s, with all the references in the rights places and the visual and sound aspects that go with the job. However, its level design suffers from imbalances when the experiences become too repetitive and the gameplay too shallow, which harms the overall feeling of insertion into a 1980s and 1990s gaming setting.
  5. Aug 30, 2015
    60
    A valiant effort for a small indie company. Despite the simple gameplay, the novel graphic styles and various homages to classic games were enough to keep me interested until the end.
  6. Jul 1, 2015
    50
    The game is perfectly playable and there will undoubtedly be more than a few moments of genuine platforming pleasure, but along the way you’re going to have to make your way through a lot of ho-hum running and jumping that’s occasionally punctuated by bouts of frustration due to stiff mechanics and needlessly cheap level design.
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  1. Oct 2, 2015
    8
    Life of Pixel gets a lot right, but it also gets some wrong. It's far from the perfect game but its charm and nostalgia kept me interestedLife of Pixel gets a lot right, but it also gets some wrong. It's far from the perfect game but its charm and nostalgia kept me interested throughout.

    You play as a pixel going through the history of video games starting with early Atari machines through to Snes and Amiga. The art style is perfect for each console and the music is brilliant. This is what they got right. The gameplay however is a little repetitive. It would have been nice if they changed it up a little for each console.

    The aim is to collect all the gems on the level along with a hidden item to unlock hidden consoles. Each level requires platforming, avoiding enemies and spikes. This is repeated throughout. The levels range from easy to bloody hard! And can be a little unfair and unforgiving considering instant death is a regular occurrence and you only have two hearts that are drained by touching enemies. This can be a pain when on some of the longer levels. But I carried on playing despite a few cheap deaths and did enjoy the challenge.

    This could have been a ten out of ten if the gameplay was more varied, but I still really enjoyed it and felt it was a brilliant homage to the old and great computers and consoles I grew up playing. I particularly liked the BBC Micro and Spectrum levels with some neat throw backs to games like Jet Set Willy thrown in.

    I'd recommend to lovers of retro and people who grew up with these machines.
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