A Pixel Story
Top Critic Average
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.
Although I was ultimately bested by the game’s brutal difficulty, I can still recognize the excellent design philosophy at work here.
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).
A Pixel Story puts together a great, complete package that has a ton of ingenuity and fun to offer. From pits of lava and deadly spike traps to bright landscapes and colorful characters, the story unfolds in a great progression that adds more challenge and more reward the deeper that players explore into each of the substantially-sized generations.
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.
A Pixel Story has the potential to be great, but falls just short of capturing that potential.
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.
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.
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.
A Pixel Story is a promising retro tale but it fails to live up to the classic games that it's clearly inspired by.