The game: Pixelot
Genre : Role-playing, adventure system: PC (also on mobile)
Developer|Publisher: Kyle Berger’s
Age Rating: 9+ (mobile)
Price: UK £11.39
Release date: 31. March 2021
Check out the code, much of which was provided by Kyle Berger.
With my husband
Pixelot is an RPG released on Steam by a new developer. Play like an old role-playing game with a simple and pixelated graphic style. Does Pixelot have the heart to win over the fans? We’ll find out.
You start the game by creating your own pixelated hero and choosing a class from the usual paladin, ranger, ninja. I decided to make my wife as a pixel, because that’s what I do. After all, she’s a heroine in real life, so why shouldn’t she be in a video game. Back to the game. The story is rather general. The land of Pixelot is besieged by darkness, and it’s up to my wife and a group of heroic wizards to run around, collect six crystals, and save the day. There are plenty of NPCs to talk to, and many of them have witty jokes to tell you. Humor takes some getting used to.
The developer seems to be taking a humorous approach with some deliberate allusions to the story, but the language used by many characters sounds more like teenage slang than fantasy characters. Who knows, maybe it’s an acquired taste, but it just didn’t seem right. As a result, I really missed the connection to the story. History isn’t everything, but it’s certainly useful for roleplaying.
Choose your pixel hero
The graphics are a standard grainy design. For an up-and-coming developer, this is certainly not a bad thing, but it fails to give Pixelot its own identity. The cover art for this game is very warm and friendly, and it’s a shame that style wasn’t used here.
It is clear that the developer has put a lot of effort into the design of this game. There are plenty of areas and environments to explore, with masses of enemies, boss fights and NPCs to interact with. It doesn’t seem particularly unique.
The greatest enemy of video games, the rocks
To point combat
The gameplay is a simple turn-based RPG. Battles are fought by moving enemy NPCs around the battlefield or by random encounters while exploring dungeons. The fights seem to be fast and direct. You use your mouse to select an attack, magic or item, then click on the enemy or teammate you want to attack with it. These are quick click game battles that are usually over in less than a minute. Boss fights get heated, so I often have to think about my attack. But overall, it’s a role-playing game where you can turn off your brain and press a button for a while.
Sure, if you like your stats, you can go to the menu and check your numbers, but it wasn’t deemed necessary for success in the game. It reminded me of one of my favorite PSP RPGs, Half-Minute Hero, an RPG designed for busy people who don’t have time for long storylines and complicated level systems. Pixelot doesn’t live up to the genius of its title, but it is suitable for players looking for a simpler role-playing game. Except that the PC may not be the best platform for this experience.
Time to find the lost cat
One of the main features of the game is that you can recruit several new characters for your team. However, you can only have 4 people in your group at a time. It’s nice to have a choice, but it’s also a bit overwhelming. New recruits come into the game pretty quickly, and I didn’t feel obligated to trade people because I had an affinity for my core team of four, which included a blacksmith (blacksmiths are cool).
Each character can level up and be equipped with a variety of loot. You can buy it in shops or find it from abandoned enemies. The game also has a small equipment system that allows you to upgrade your current outfit multiple times, provided you always have the right materials in the menu outside of combat. Often, as in RPGs, I spent ages sharpening materials to make my weapons more powerful, only to find five minutes later a better weapon left behind by enemies.
Players have many opportunities for fun and play with the equipment, but you don’t have to be an experienced RPG player to succeed. If you die in battle, simply return for the final encounter and avoid the gruesome grind of the previous checkpoint. What I didn’t like is that the game doesn’t allow you to save manually. The game automatically saves itself when you exit, which is not ideal for role-playing games.
Take the blacksmith to the spider fight.
Management and mobile version
The controls are a bit odd for Pixelot. You move with the keyboard and hold down the space bar to walk. This looks like a game that really should have an autostart option. If you want to interact with something you click on, for example. For example, with an NPC or a treasure chest. Unfortunately, controls are not an option at this time.
Pixelot is actually available for iOS devices, and the game seems to do much better justice here. It’s a pick-me-up and play that makes it my favorite of the small bra titles that are perfect for a wearable device. On a computer, it’s more like a syllable. I hope Pixelot comes to the Switch one day.
Breast opening music Insert here
Large but repetitive
Pixelot is a massive game that can be a little detrimental. With over 20 sites, it’s a big RPG. In addition to the main task, there are many simple side tasks that are mostly just simple tasks. Once you finish the game, there are also additional dungeons to explore, a boss challenge mode and legendary weapons to find.
You can also just replay the game with a new class and try it with different characters. That’s all well and good, but Pixelot quickly falls into repetition. Often I could only play in small chunks of 30 minutes, sometimes less. It was a nice change of pace between work sessions, but it wasn’t a game I would choose to relax in the evening.
Pixelot is great for PC, but the portable platform seems much more suitable for the name (cheaper there too). If you’re looking for a simple role-playing game that you can enjoy in small pieces, you’ll have a lot of fun here. It works on almost any computer or laptop, even my old car, which frankly surprises me that it still works. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but Pixelot on PC is a decent first attempt at an RPG by a new developer.
Last block : I like it
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