PixelJunk SideScroller Review

  • Posted November 30th, 2011 at 16:22 EDT by PSU Staff

Review Score

PixelJunk SideScroller

PSU Review Score
7.5
Avg. user review score:
8.5

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Summary

Familiar boss battles and a few frustrations don't cloud this typically addictive and visually outstanding PixelJunk shooter.

We like

  • Great visuals and audio
  • Impressively varied environments
  • Good variety of enemies and alien ships

We dislike

  • Co-op doubles the frustration
  • Repetitive

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(continued from previous page) ...handy you can sit down with a friend to co-op, doubling the action but increasing the frustration accordingly, as both players share lives and one move by a player can jeopardise the whole progression of the pair.

An honourable mention goes to the soundtrack, which asides from the expected lively sound effects features more work by the artists of the Shooter backing tracks, High Frequency Bandwidth. The fusion of hip-hop, techno and in some cases even a little touch of dubstep with the retro-style chipset soundboard makes for a memorable and addictive soundtrack, even if some of the tracks don’t quite suit the feel of the stages.

Perhaps the biggest caveat to all the positives is the sheer brevity of the game. PixelJunk SideScroller is at best a 4 or 5 hour adventure unless you really feel like plumbing the depths of the harder difficulties and pushing to beat the high scores. The variation in environments and enemies however allows for a solid few hours of clean retro fun before the game starts to feel repetitive, and if you find yourself harkening back to the days of Galaga and Gradius PixelJunk SideScroller is well worth a look.

Review by Matt Whisker

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