10 word description: Turn-based, 3-member party, roguelike RPG quest-em-up.
10 word review: Very retro, genuinely amusing, old skool addictive loot-tastic fun.
You will like this if you enjoy: Side-scrolling pixel graphics, turn-based RPGs with a ton of loot, loads of fights, big bad bosses and a sense of humour that consistently hits the mark.
The good news: Very entertaining. Fun! Makes the tired clichés of pop culture and self referential humour feel surprisingly fresh and relevant. Controls are pretty much flawless (on iPad). Graphics are as retro-pixellated as the game title promises, and the animations are woefully inadequate in a so-crap-it’s-genuinely-funny way. Loot, levelling, healing, and fighting are all handled so effectively that it takes a while for you to actually acknowledge just how well it all works together. Loads of character classes, an almost infinite number of 3-man teams to choose. Lots of achievements and unlockable characters. No IAPs. No grinding.
The bad news: Someone isn’t going to like the uber-retro graphics. Too bad, go play some freemium crap instead. Screen layout is a bit ‘could be better’ on iPhone 6, looking like something that happened a few years before widescreen was invented; I don’t care, I play it on my iPad.
Arcadelife verdict: Here’s the game that made me take a short break from writing my latest Neo-Noir Vampire novel because I wanted to review it so badly. Pixel Heroes is fantastic and deserves to be played and played and played. There are so many stand-out moments, from the bizarre mid-journey encounters and the wonderfully mad bosses to the frequently hilariousrandom comments by the playable characters. Even the advert is genius. Just buy this game.
Presentation – 8.5/10
Visuals – 8/10
Controls – 10/10
Content – 9.5/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 9/10
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1
www.headupgames.com website link
Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPhone 6 (iOS 8.1.3)
4th gen iPad (iOS 8.1.3)
This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.