Monday, September 9, 2013

Undiscovered App #35: Go Go Pixel - Retro Action

Go Go Pixel
Continuing with our recent retro theme, today's Undiscovered App is somewhat reminiscent of Super Mario Brothers and Ghosts 'n Goblins in terms of game play. Go Go Pixel by Oni Craft brings us back to the pixelated, sidescrolling, action platformer days, where you have to rescue the kidnapped princess from the clutches of the evil Bad Guy.

You start out with a brief cut scene where your gal gets kidnapped, and then you're pretty much left alone to figure out how things work. Thankfully, the interface is very intuitive: the first mini stage is basically a tutorial that shows you how to navigate your world, and there are on-screen buttons that make you move left, right, jump, or block, and through a combination of those buttons, you can do some extra actions to make your character more effective.

You have to travel through eight different worlds to rescue the princess, and along the way, you collect coins, hearts (for health), and an assortment of weapons, all while firing away at bad guys, jumping through a set of obstacles to reach the objective, and timing your moves so you don't get killed. Oh, and then there are boss fights too to make it even more challenging.

Go Go Pixel screen shots

We found the game very easy and enjoyable to play, but there were some subtle drawbacks from the controls: it can sometimes get a little "sticky" (which we noticed only in the fastest-paced parts of the game) where an action you're trying to perform doesn't get recognized, and you're still left doing the last action you were performing. You'll also probably want to turn off the background music, which can get a bit repetitive and maybe even annoying. Other than that, it was a great way to spend a half hour here and there to advance to the next world.

Check out the video of how the game looks and feels (note: the video has been overlaid with background music that is different from the game).



Go Go Pixel has an average rating of 4 stars from 8 reviews, and is currently available to download for $0.99.




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