Excerpt: Hot Pixel is one of the strangest games I have ever played. This Playstation Portable (PSP) video game is a huge mini game compilation. Players need to quickly learn how to play the mini games. Most of them are pretty simple and easy. The other thing of note is all of the descriptors from the ESRB. I have to admit I thought Hot Pixel would be an instant failure. Thankfully I spent a lot of time with this game, and realized it is not as bad as the sounds.
Excerpt: Hot Pixel is a collection of bite-sized minigames for the PSP infused with an urban/skater theme. There are around 130 minigames included and 70 more available to download for free from www.hotpxl.com . The title is often compared to the Warioware series and it is a fair association as both games nearly share the same premise. Where they differ is that Hot Pixel is less polished, less inspired, and an overall far less enjoyable game.
Excerpt: Hot Pixel (or Hot PXL , as it's referred to everywhere except for the front of the box) is an interesting throwback to the 2D games of yesteryear. Among the 200 games and 10 boss games, you will find a wide variety of games that are either small parts of classic Atari games or otherwise very simple tasks which are designed to take only a couple of seconds to accomplish.
Summary: Bringing fast and furious bite-size gaming, Atari's PSP-exclusive Hot PXL is comprised of 200 deviously crafted micro-games based on a quirky and original story premise, drawing inspiration from street culture and the digital lifestyle.
Summary: If it looks like Wario Ware and plays like Wario Ware, then chances are it's Wario Ware. But it's not; instead it's Hot Pixel, a game that is desperately trying to be Wario Ware. This bizarre mini-game collection isn't bad, it's just not as inspired as it needs to be to catch up with what Nintendo is doing. Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Excerpt: Think of Hot Pixel as one of your mad old Grandma's dinners. You're watching tons of ingredients flying into the pot, all of which look suspiciously like they're going to overpower you at any moment, then somehow it all comes together at the last minute into a cohesive whole. The elements in question here are pop culture, skater boi-sterousness, a dash of hip hop, some classic video game references and and a knowing nod to the movies.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Whilst they don't say as much, Hot Pixel is evidently inspired and derived from WarioWare - a rival to the mini-game crown rather than inspired by Atari Classics. Unfortunately it can't touch the highs of the aforementioned seminal titles and - speaking of which - some mini-games seem blatantly better suited to touch-screen and motion control.
Conclusion: If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery then Nintendo’s yellow-capped rascal is surely red with embarrassment. Hot Pixel doesn’t really build on the foundations Wario Ware set four years ago, instead simply tacking on pop culture references in an attempt to appeal to the skateboard massive. Admittedly there’s no denying that at times Hot Pixel is fun and that its collection of mini-games is varied and interesting.