Dead Pixels, an 8-Bit Zombie Survival game I was interested when I saw the posting of it on Steam. I decided to check it out and I was so glad I did. At first, you think this is just some game that doesn’t much depth being 8-Bit in the age of 720p being classified as “low quality”. Nonetheless, I was hoping to get an arcade like game on my PC and that is what I got. For three bucks, this game is too good to pass up.
The game doesn’t have much of a story perse. You kill zombies from point A to point B. The game is set in a retro zombie flick. Like a mix of a Tarantino film with the zombie fun of a George Romero film. I appreciate the atmosphere and it does have a hint of the Left 4 Dead feeling. I guess the main difference between Left 4 Dead and Dead Pixels is the fact it has a unique feeling to it rather than just another shooter. I do love the zombie culture references. Book stores called Max Books (ax Brooks, a writer known for Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z), Stubbs Businesswear (Stubbs the Zombie, video game character, Umbrellas referencing Umbrella Corp, and much more.
The gameplay is not entirely unique, but it is programmed well. Remember the sidescrolling Simpsons game? The level design is similar to that with the run and gun feeling of Contra. This is a survival game so you will be looting buildings and selling things to vendors for ammo, health, and weapons. You run out of ammo quick and killing all of the zombies may not be the best option.
There is a hint of strategy in this game so you do not run out of ammo and you sell a lot and buy little. Upgrades are expensive but worth it. Vendors are also looking for specific items. Ranging from the last twinkie on earth to a working radio, you get loads of money for these so saving your valuables is a must. There are a wide variety of weapons to choose from and each of them have their own strengths and weaknesses. There are three types of weapons, each using different types of ammo. There are shotguns that use shells, Pistols and rifles that use 5.5mm ammo, and Carbines that use 7.75mm ammo. The carbines have a high rate of fire but low damage. Shotguns have medium damage and wide shots. Pistols and rifles are very powerful with penetration but are useless against a group of zombies. In addition to the guns there are secondary weapons that you are able to throw. These range from flares to grenades.
The game is challenging and has a very big arcade feeling to it. There is local multiplayer and a lot of replay value for the achievements. If you want to kill some time, Dead Pixels will definitely kill it with gunfire. For three bucks on Steam, this game is well worth the money. I give Dead Pixels a 9/10. Pick it up today.