FCM Issue 63 – Review – McPixel

McPixel is a point-and-click adventure game in which you have twenty seconds to prevent things from blowing up. Sounds easy enough, right? But wait – there’s pot smoking aliens, snakes on a plane and many more ridiculously funny things keeping you from saving the world! Since its inception as a Ludum Dare 21 submission, McPixel has really blown up (pardon the pun) and with good reason. It now boasts 100 levels, free DLC updates, and a level creator for those that want to make even more crazy levels. And it’s very, very addicting.

McPixel has a penchant for kicking people in the crotch and urinating on fires, but this quasi-hero has to use unorthodox methods to solve each puzzle. Thinking of dousing the bomb with water? Nope! Maybe just throwing it out the window will do? Wrong again, pal. What seems like the obvious solution is often a dead end, leaving you charred and moving on to the next round until you complete them all.

There are six levels in each batch that you have to clear before unlocking the next batch. If you fail a level, you just move on to the next one until you’ve beaten them all. If you clear three levels in a row you unlock a special bonus level. You have just one chance to figure out what to do before it abruptly ends, bringing you back to your trippy adventure.

Being a point and click, the mechanics are simple and the gameplay is straightforward. But the silly humor and task of finding all of the gags keeps you coming back for more. For those who want a real challenge, Endless Mode allows you to play every single level in a row. But the warning at the start of the game should not be ignored – after a long session it can be really frustrating trying to figure out what to do next. So it’s a good idea to take a break before your mind is what is about to explode.

The soundtrack is good, but I did find it to be a bit repetitive after playing for a while. The retro style pixel graphics are crisp and smooth, and each level is quite imaginative. In general the environments have enough to keep the gameplay fresh, and there’s always something that will have you giggling like a 13 year old boy.

The first reaction to McPixel usually elicits of a lot of WTF’s and general confusion, but don’t let the outrageous, juvenile style of humor fool you – it is a very well polished game that’s extremely enjoyable to play. You can try out the demo or purchase the full DRM-free game plus the soundtrack for $9.99 from mcpixel.net.

Pros

  • clever and hilarious levels with nice retro style graphics
  • plenty of levels and extras for the quality and price

Cons

  • it can be truly maddening after playing for a long time
  • soundtrack can become redundant

4/5

Full Circle Magazine Issue 63 – July 2012

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