Oasis Games have teamed up with Geronimo Interactive to bring Pixel Gear to PlayStation VR. Pixel Gear is a first person pixel style shoot-em-up where you use a single Move controller to shoot wave after wave of skeletons, knights, witches, bats and Frankstein monsters, then finally face off against a huge end of level boss.
If you’ve ever played a light gun game then I’ve got some good news; this game feels like virtually every light gun game you can think of such as Duck Hunt, House of the Dead and Virtua Cop. To play it you hold a Move controller upright as you would a real gun (which is a break from the norm as usually you’d expect the controller to be held like a torch) and squeeze the “T” button to shoot.
There’s not a wide range of weaponry at your disposal, but the handgun has unlimited ammo and a laser sight to help you aim and build up your combos. You’ll also be building up a special ability that lets you slow down time and at the end of each wave there’s a chance for you to purchase a number of upgrades (like increasing your clip size) and more guns (submachine gun, grenade launcher and sniper rifle) with the gold you’ve collected during the previous wave.
The bosses that are in the final wave of the levels are the standout features in the game and, like I mentioned earlier, they are huge. These oversized behemoths need shooting in multiple places and you’ve got to avoid the numerous projectiles coming at you. The number of vital hits that the bosses can take is cleverly shown by a constellation of stars in the sky next to them.
Graphically Pixel Gear’s style is given away by its title; you are in a pixel world. If we get Minecraft VR it will look something like this. There’s a decent amount of colour and style difference between the three levels. Thanks to the magic of VR the pixelated enemies do look like they are coming towards you. The audio in the game is a chirpy 8-bit chipset affair that’s very much in keeping with the graphics.
The game has twenty-seven trophies and one of them is the pinnacle of all PlayStation trophies – a platinum. The trophy list is fairly straightforward; there are trophies for headshots, kills, combos and not taking any damage. The only real challenge you will have in popping a shiny new platinum is the trophy for getting a SS grade for the first time.
Pixel Gear is good pixelated fun with a “Minecraft meets Duck Hunt” kind of feel. It only has three stages so it does lack content, but don’t let that put you off; it’s still an enjoyable game that has that nostalgic retro feel to it. The developers have hinted that there may be extra stages and modes added at a later date, which is something that we’d welcome.
NelMaNo Rating – 8/10
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