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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.

Pixels = health and ammo, so a good aim will help keep you alive in more ways than one

10 word review: Mixture of retro coolness and convoluted control system. Mostly fun.

Each chapter contains multiple levels that must be beaten in order to complete the chapter

You will like this if you enjoy: Retro style shooters. 8-bit graphics. Cowboys … shooting aliens. Surreal, psychedelic shooters.

Various temporary power-ups randomly drop. The clock halts enemy movement for a short time

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.

Some levels feature additional elements, such as these moving Pong style paddles on the sides of this level

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.

The horse power-up increases your movement speed

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.

The obligatory closing screenshot, here depicting the demise of Woody from Toy Story

Arcadelife rating: 72/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

Chillingo / Pixel Ranger website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
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