Nathan from Indie Game HQ takes a look at McPixel by Mikolaj Kaminski AKA ‘Sos’. It was originally made for Ludum Dare 21 competition in 48 hours. The initial version had 6 levels and a special ending. Since that time it was developed, features were added and most importantly, new levels were made for it.
GAME NAME: McPixel
PLATFORM(S): PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Blackberry
GENRE(S): Point’n'Click Adventure
RELEASE DATE(S): June 25th, 2012
We would like to thank Mikolaj ‘Sos’ Kaminski for giving us the opportunity to review McPixel. For more, please check out McPixel’s website at McPixel.net
McPixel is a point’n'click adventure game with inspiration from MacGruber. Featuring 100+ levels ranging from a deserted island, an alien spaceship, death star, school, train, plane, stadium, sewers, or a lighthouse. If you can’t solve the puzzle, don’t worry! You get to see it blow up!
The gameplay in McPixel is short, but sweet. With 20 seconds to solve the puzzle on each level, you’ll find yourself making quite a few mistakes with hilarious results. Staying true to the puzzle genre, McPixel will even have you scratching your head on a number of levels. The solution to each map is never what you think it is. From kicking a chicken, to even shoving a bomb down someone else’s throat, you never know what to expect.
While the game relies heavily on jokes and crude humor, there are numerous levels and even free downloadable content, making sure you never get bored. There are also many references to video games, movies, and even politics. With cameos from Presidents, Pokemon characters, Kingdom Hearts, and even a level designed especially for famous YouTuber Pewdiepie; McPixel covers all the bases.
To keep you from getting bored of McPixel, the game also has “Endless Mode,” where you can play every single level in a row.
McPixel features 6 unique tracks all running at 185BPM (Beats per minute). Different music plays depending on where you are in the game: at the main menu, playing a puzzle, solving said puzzle, etc.
While solving the numerous puzzles in McPixel, the music and sounds do get a little repetitive, but not enough to take away from how catchy they are. I found myself tapping my foot quite a few times while playing.
The graphics in McPixel are standard 8-bit style, but are appealing to look at. With the huge variation in level and character design, you won’t see much of anything overused. If you get bored of the way McPixel looks, it has a built-in graphics filter that changes the way the game looks.
The image below is just one of the many filters that change McPixel’s graphics. With 10 different graphic filters (not including the original), you are guaranteed to never get bored while playing.
Down to the Nitty Gritty
Overall, McPixel is a fun game for those with a sense of humor. From pop-culture references to crude jokes, I would suggest everyone play this game at least once. With a price tag of only $4.99, you definitely get what you paid for and more.
If you’re a fan of puzzle games with twisted results, McPixel is definitely the game for you. McPixel is currently available for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and Blackberry. It is also currently being ported to Commodore 64.
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