Pixelated zombie apocalypse returns to the Indie Games Room in 2012 as developer Cabin Pressure presents the new and improved PiXLDeAD. Zombies, guns and pixels; what more can a shooter ask for?
Title – PiXLDeAD: The Death of Hope
Developer – Cabin Pressure
Platform(s) – PC
Genre – First person shooter
PiXLDeAD is an anachronistic zombie shooter; a modern FPS utilising 16-bit textures to tell the chilling and humorous story of one man's struggle to survive. In a world devoid of human life, what drives us to go on living? Over the course of the game, the player goes on a desperate search to track down and help fellow survivors. The game utilises a haunting synthesised soundtrack to invoke a sense of loneliness in the player, and many dynamic events to keep the gameplay fresh. The aim of PiXLDeAD is to create an atmosphere that marries adventure and nostalgia.
I’m not a huge shooter fan and it usually takes a lot to get me to play a shooter. So what got me to play PiXLDeAD? The Zombie Babies.
Ignoring the fact that they will try to kill you, are those not the cutest zombie you’ve ever seen?
But in all seriousness, what I found most appealing about PiXLDeAD is the absence of an absolute lifebar. It makes the game so much more enjoyable since it can be less punishing. Health in the game is simple; the redder your screen, the less you have left. You regenerate health as you avoid damage but are by no means, invincible. As per most zombie games, bottle-necking swarms of enemies and ammo management are still important aspects of gameplay…unless you’re the kind of player that just prefers to melee everything in which case, hack away!
In any case, be sure to pop by the Indie Games Room 2012 and give this returning indie a shot!