Excerpt: Attempting to capture old-fashioned, challenging gameplay in this day and age hasn’t been easy for a lot of small developers working on downloadable nostalgia games. Simply making your game difficult isn’t enough – a game can be difficult for the wrong reasons, like bad controls, unintuitive dangers, and unnecessarily punishing checkpoints.
Pros: Luminescent visuals and thumping music, Beautifully balanced challenge, Great weapons
Cons: Can be difficult to see bullets, Game doesn't even tell you it has co-op, Having only yourself to blame for playing Brutal
Excerpt: Q Games and its PixelJunk franchise has made a name for itself by taking existing genres and finding subtle ways to leave its own indelible mark. PixelJunk Sidescroller , their latest work, is sort of a departure for the series because it doesn’t only aim to reinvent the scrolling shooter, but also to painstakingly recreate the venue we grew up playing them in: the 80s’ arcade.
PixelJunk SideScroller Review: Classic Shooting With Style
4 November 2011
Conclusion: Concept: A traditional shooter made over in PixelJunk’s high-style visuals and sound
Graphics: Designed to look like an old-school arcade cabinet game, the graphics are nonetheless crisp and attractive
Sound: Excellent trance-like music will keep you tapping your feet as you play
Playability: Once you get a handle on changing weapons, the controls are tight and responsive, if a little touchy
Entertainment: Fun for an afternoon, but lacks some of the remarkable innovation...
Excerpt: I want to be clear on a few points from the beginning. First, just so everybody can relax, I played through the game on Normal. Second, I am absolutely sure there are people out there that will love this game.
Pros: + Awesome music, + Vibrant colors make for interesting visuals
Excerpt: There were a few efforts made to extend the length of the game, like multiple difficulty levels and a few hidden items to collect in each stage, but the main game can be completed in less than three hours with no problem. (Maybe two.) It’s just as fun as the other PixelJunk games, but it’s a bit more disposable. For the cost of a movie ticket, though, SideScroller captivates you for at least as long.
Excerpt: After pulling the trigger on two well-received PixelJunk Shooter games, the series fires again with the bullet-ridden PixelJunk SideScroller. It certainly looks like a blast from the past, but does this style of game still fly? PixelJunk Sidescroller displays convincing artistic aptitude with its vector-style graphics and infectious audio loops.
Excerpt: What was promising to be an amazing season for PSN, while filled with good games, hasn’t been able to capture that lightning-in-a-bottle - a surprisingly phenomenal downloadable title (the sort that XBLA events always seem to get). This season needs its Flower , Dead Nation , Shatter , or WipEout HD . In steps Q Games with their Pixeljunk series to save us all, or so I’d hoped.