McPixel 2.0/5.0 Shurikens

If defusing bombs is your jam then let’s have a blast!

Intro

McPixel is one of the weirder games that I have played in my lifetime. It is pure chaos in a can and could let you lean one-of-two ways, love it or hate it. I don’t think that there is an in between for this little game.

It’s based on crude humor and meta references, urinating on fuses and all matter of things and kicking instead of talking to the people who are unfortunate enough to meet you in this game.

Coming at you with a price tag of $4.99 or your regional equivalent, let’s jump into it.

Gameplay

You play with the heavily pixelated character that resembles MacGyver in some ways. You are tasked to defuse a bomb in each level you play, the catch is, that you only have 20 seconds to look at your environment, try and use the things around you and then succeed or fail.

gameplay 1

If you think that the game would have logical solutions to defusing the bomb you would be completely mistaken, this game is more gags and less logical puzzle solving. I should say that the half of the fun in the game is to fail in every single way in each one of the scenarios presented. I have always enjoyed somewhat off-the-wall humor and as such some of the gags and solutions had me thoroughly entertained.

The premise of the game is quite simple, click on everything and see what works and what doesn’t. In every level you have several different scenarios. Each playing off in a different area with different bombs and solutions to save the day, so to speak. This is a point-and-click game so you don’t require much to solve the puzzles other than throwing any sense of reason out of the window and hoping for the best.

Graphics

The graphics, well it’s an art style. Would I want to see this more often in the games media? No, I am not a fan of how it looks, but I do get where the vision was with this particular game.

gameplay 3

It has a variety of filters to make the game seem even more pixels and less actual graphics. Luckily, if you are not a fan of the filters you can disable them at any time within the game’s menu. It fits the game and what it tries to bring across, but personally not a big fan. It serves its purpose.

Sound

The store page for the game says it all. 185 BPM ear piercing music! In this case they really mean it. You have about a 10 second track that really does pierce your cranium that just keeps looping into infinity, from start to finish. The only other sounds you get is the very limited amount of sound effects  in the game.

I would suggest just turning it off for the sake of your own sanity, because after a while it really starts to work on your nerves.

Fun factor/replayability

The game has a way of keeping you playing for a bit, or at least until the end, which took me about 2 hours of gameplay time. The game is really short and it works to its benefit. This game is a quick fix to satisfy your silly self and then you can put it down and move on to the next thing.

Menu

The game offers a few main levels an extensive free DLC pack and an endless mode for those times when you really don’t know what to play anymore.

mechanically the game doesn’t really feel well to play either, with a slight delay and slow moving responses after you have made an action, which really gets frustrating since you will be going through various scenarios multiple times and it hampers your speed and experience of the game.

So there is some fun to be had in this tongue-in-cheek game and you have replayability options available.

Outro

This game is an alright use of 2 hours of your life if you would like to be entertained for a bit by crude humor and weird antics. I wouldn’t buy this game at full price myself, but when it goes on sale every now and then it might be a good little pickup to make.

warning

So for the scoring in the categories:

  • Gameplay – 0.3
  • Graphics – 0.1
  • Sound – 0.1
  • Fun factor/replayability – 0.3
  • Personal impression – 0.2

Which leaves us with a grand total of 2.0 shurikens for this title. I hope that you have enjoyed this article and until the next one, have fun and game on.

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