Review Mega Dead Pixel
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 18 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Funny sounds, neat graphics, really addictive, two-finger controls
Needs to be elaborated, monotonous game play
Mega Dead Pixel for Android doesn't look like much at first glance. But if you give it a chance, this is really a lot of fun. It has the look and feel of a truly old school game; simple, to the point, challenging and fun.
Mega Dead Pixel doesn't have much story behind it, which truly is part of the beauty of this game. In the old days, video games didn't bother with stories, they were just based on a simple premise, and the challenge was to go as far as you can for as long as you can. It was really more about marathon play, which is exactly how Mega Dead Pixel approaches this gaming experience.
Ok, here’s the shoestring thin story, or premise: you are an itty bitty screen pixel, dropping fast through an environment of pixilated obstacles. (Some of these obstacles look like old time Space Invaders; coincidence? I think not!) And the object of the game is to avoid bumping into any of the obstacles and drop as far as you can. If you think you can handle that, then the game adds a little nuance: score extra points if you can line up your pixel right next to the obstacle's pixels without touching them to score extra. Along the way, you collect the obligatory coins for the obligatory upgrades (totally unnecessary in a true retro game.) There are also power ups to collect while dropping fast through this environment. Run into little white square pixels and they make you bigger and drop faster. Hit obstacles, and pixels break off you and make you smaller until you go boom and die. That’s it.
In the old days, I probably would have been arguing with my friends over who got to play this first, because it’s the type of game we’d play for hours on end with just one quarter. Yup, we were that good and had nothing better to do. The problem is, in this modern gaming era, marathon play doesn't really exist like that anymore; not since the advent of the pause button. It’s a lot of fun, just not sure how captivating it will be over the long haul. I think modern gamers will find it boring.
Controls are excellent and very precise. Just tap the left or right side of the screen to move your pixel left or right and dodge obstacles while trying to grab power ups and coins. There’s a lot of real money to be spent on upgrades if you’re too impatient to collect coins, but that’s kinda where the retro charm of this game collides with modern gaming. In the old days, there was no easy way out, like buying coins for upgrades. You played. And if you wanted upgrades, you earned them. (Boy, now I sound like a crabby old man, but it’s true.)
Mega Dead Pixel is a lot of fun for those who appreciate true gaming. My advice is to ignore the upgrades and just go for the straight play. If you come to it that way, then you’ll get an idea of what classic gaming was all about.