Pixel Ranger Review
- Great retro art style and western music.
- An interesting take on space invaders.
- The campaign takes too long for the difficulty to ramp up.
Pixel Ranger is space invaders with some additions and a western coat of paint. Fun had may vary.
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If there's one thing that the 1978 release of Space Invaders lacked it was the human connection. We never saw these invading aliens affecting the life of the average working joe, and that's where Pixel Ranger excels, in giving us the anguish of one lone ranger, as he loses his horse, his wife, and yes, even his sheep to the heartless menace of an alien invading force.
Hyperbole aside, Pixel Ranger is a fun little arcade game in the same ballpark as Space Invaders. Alien ships hover across the screen, while the iPhone is tilted left and right to move, and taps on screen will shoot your weapon or jump over those nasty tricky ground aliens (although you can shoot them as well). Once an enemy explodes, it showers pixels over the landscape which need to be collected. These pixels not only serve as your ammunition, but your life force as well. If that pixel counter reaches zero, you're toast. Along with pixels, power-ups and random effects drop which will aid or hinder your gameplay through the twelve campaign levels or the unlockable stages of the endless mode.
The name of the game itself evokes an image of early pixel games, and for the most part this is true. Everything is simply produced in a low res art style, with a horrifying exception being the load and score screens which show the ranger in full three dimensional pixeled glory. The music has a very country/western vibe to it, sometimes crossed with a more sci-fi feel.
Pixel Ranger is a competent game, with some nice mechanics, a decent control scheme, and a well executed nostalgic presentation. It may be too simple and bare bones for some, but others will find themselves caught up in the dance of blasting aliens, and collecting their pixels.
DescriptionMixing the old with the new never looked so awesome.
Take control of a colorful cowboy and blast anything that moves in this vibrant, action-packed homage to the days of the arcade.
A modern game with an 8-bit feel, Pixel Ranger offers the best of both worlds for any shooter fan.
"...when it comes to sci-fi/western mash-up arcade games, I can’t think of a better example than Pixel Ranger." — 148Apps
"Another superb arcade offering from the house of Chillingo." — Digital Spy
• BLAST’EM COWBOY
Over 50 levels populated by over 70 enemies, each with different attack patterns to overcome. Every enemy you blow into colorful bits drops valuable pixels. Collect these to score big points and replenish your ammo then blast 'em away some more!
• IN FOR A LONG RIDE
Hours of arcade gameplay in two game modes: play the campaign in Classic mode or see how long you can stay in one piece in Endless mode.
• PIXEL POWER
Eleven power-ups to even the odds including Extra Ammo and the Super Nuke (Watch out for the power-downs, though.)
• MIGHTY FINE LOOKIN’ GAME
Retro 8-bit visual style so cool and timeless it appeals to gamers of all ages.
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