IndieTrials
Dead Pixels
Developed by CantStrafeRight
Released on September 15th 2011
Sold on XBLIG for 80 MSP
Review details
Reviewed on October 9th 2011 by Martin Caine
First impressions
The box art for the game is very nicely designed. It clearly shows what the game is about and also shows the pixelated look of the game's graphics. The games loading screens are pretty nice and well designed and the menu is particularly cool. First impressions are great and the game is definitely very high quality.
Trial experience
When starting the game we're introduced to some nice graphics showing us the back story to the game and the objective. The music kicks in and we have some heavy metal guitar riffs chugging away in the background which fit the game perfectly. You soon see the zombies and begin to destroy them with your pump action shotgun.

The graphics of the game have an 8 bit console look to them and all the sprites and animations are very well drawn. The entire style of the game graphics, text and menus all fit together perfectly and are very high quality.

Unfortunately for me I had missed half of the on-screen tutorial messages as I was too busy killing zombies, and in particular I never saw the message that buildings can be searched (towards the top of the screen). I soon ran out of ammo and began poking the zombies to death with the end of my shotgun, I did find this quite funny but I did realise I must've missed something as there's no way I should've run out of ammo already.

After finding out about the buildings I managed to get a few more weapons and proceeded to blow away more zombies with a hand gun and grenades. I soon get overpowered by faster zombies and the trial is over!
Overall thoughts
Dead Pixels is fun and fast shoot-em-up in the style of many older 8 bit console games. The soundtrack to the game is awesome and the trial seems to end quickly with you wanting to play more.
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