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A Pixel Story

Channel 4, Lamplight Studios
Mar 30, 2015 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
80 / 100
3.5 / 5
8 / 10
The Digital Fix
7 / 10
8 / 10
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Critic Reviews for A Pixel Story

Metro GameCentral

7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A fascinating journey through the visual history of 2D platformers, although the gameplay doesn’t always match the quality of the many classics it relies on for influence.

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Although I was ultimately bested by the game’s brutal difficulty, I can still recognize the excellent design philosophy at work here.

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A Pixel Story is a fun stroll through a computer that can be quite challenging at times. The story is engaging and the different characters that you meet along the way are both interesting and original (even if they were inspired by past games).

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Overall A Pixel Story is a ton of fun and aside from some minor glitches here and there it was a delight to play. Though I do recommend taking breaks if you’re struggling with any of the puzzles because it can get quite frustrating.

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If there's one thing that�s not in doubt, it�s that A Pixel Story is immensely good fun and will leave you with a smile on your face. It�s bright and colourful, beautifully presented, with great gameplay and so many nods to old films and video games that you�ll be left wondering how it keeps itself from bursting at the seams. What it�s really lacking is a true spark of individuality, a single unique element to make it explode off the screen and grab your attention. It ends up relying too much on nostalgia to tug at your heart strings, rather than trying do it itself. There�s a very good chance that you�ll love A Pixel Story as much as we did, but don�t be surprised if you find yourself wishing it was slightly more than it is.

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A Pixel Story is a hugely fulfilling experience. Its perfectly pitched difficulty ensures that it's challenging but never frustratingly so, and above all, it has that elusive 'just one more go' quality that will keep you hooked.

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A Pixel Story is as close to perfect as a game can get, but it falls a bit short. It highlights a lot of the issues other Metroidvania games have, and can feel like an aimless walk from time to time. Rest assured, though, every annoyance you stumble across will be paid back in kind, and with a game so fun and enticing, you may find yourself lost in the System, as well.

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A Pixel Story is a fun and challenging puzzle/platformer with a great look that evolves as you play. Each generation has its own charm and will remind older players of how gaming used to be “back in the day.” Other than a single complaint about how the game’s text is too small and hard to read unless you’re closer to the TV, I definitely recommend that you play this one on PS4.

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