Our Nation’s Review of Pix The Cat

Genre: Arcade
Developer: Pastagames
Release Date: October 8th 2014
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita
Price: $16.49 
Reviewed On: PS4

There is only one thing you need to know about Pix The Cat. It is pure, unadulterated, old-school fun.

Pix The Cat is one of the best games I have played recently and was a real blast to play. It is fun in its most pure, distilled form. The gameplay is reminiscent of Snake. You play as the titular Pix as you walk over eggs, which turn into ducklings, and you drop them off in little circles. You can get a Perfect if you collect all the ducklings before delivering them. You have to make sure that you don’t get trapped by your growing tail of ducklings. Words don’t do justice to this game; you have to play it to understand it. But be warned, if you start playing you wont be able to stop.

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Zzzang! A 10X Combo. A quick glance at a typical Pix the Cat level. Note the tiny view of the next level in the bottom-right.

The aim of the main game mode is to get as deep into the levels as you can before the timer runs out. The level design is amazing and you can even see the next level in miniature form before you enter into it which is accompanied by a dizzying effect. You should always use the D-pad, as using the analog stick is good only for the first 5 or so levels. This game really tests your reflexes. There are no enemies in the earlier stages, but later on flaming skulls and spikes start to appear. One of the things I loved is the local highscore board which really tingles the nostalgia nerve.

There are 4 game modes in total, each of them varied. This provides the game with much value. The lovely art style shouldn’t be overlooked either. Each game mode has a different art style. The soundtrack is really great too, with a pumping BGM that changes with your combo meter (which also changes the overall look of the game).  It fits nicely with the tone of the game and contributes to the arcade-y feel of it. There is an extremely satisfying Mission Gallery feature filled with missions which unlock new game modes, concept art, and more upon completion. The only problem is the price – $16.49 which is a tad high for a puzzle game unless you managed to snag it during the month of October via Playstation Plus.

VERDICT

Pastagames have really hit a goldmine with this game. This game is really fun to play and it packs a huge load of replayability with it, but the high price point is a bit of an issue. It is still worth your time to give Pix the Cat a shot, though. I feel that this game deserves an 8.0/10.

 

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