Pixel Ranger review (iPod/iPhone)October 5, 2011
♫ “8-bit world, you know we livin’ in an 8-bit world”
10 word description: Take control of colourful cowboy and blast anything that moves.
10 word review: Mixture of retro coolness and convoluted control system. Mostly fun.
You will like this if you enjoy: Retro style shooters. 8-bit graphics. Cowboys … shooting aliens. Surreal, psychedelic shooters.
The good news: Colourful, well-paced with plenty going on and a very good retro feel. Temporary power-ups, such as the rocket launcher and the horse, add necessary and enjoyable variety. Classic and Endless modes.
The bad news: The control system is quite complicated and can justifiably be held accountable for the majority of deaths and score-reducing mistakes. Left/right movement is tilt control (not configurable), jumping involves tapping near the bottom of the screen (kind of counterintuitive) and you also need to tap on the screen in the direction you want to fire, which includes the area beneath your character.
Arcadelife verdict: Apart from the controls, which can be mastered over time, the game is a lot of fun and full of neat graphical touches. While not quite as mind-bendingly psychedelic as GoatUp or Minotaur Rescue, the bouncing multi-coloured pixels and fast-paced action tend to slot it into the same general genre as those games. If you’re a fan of 8-bit retro shooters and you don’t mind taking on a fairly challenging set of controls, I’m sure you will enjoy Pixel Ranger.
Arcadelife rating: 72/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
Chillingo / Pixel Ranger website link