By: Uma Smith
If you’re looking for a cute and retro game that will put your reflexes to the test, then no look further as Pastagames is here to deliver with its latest PlayStation Network title, Pix the Cat. Brace yourselves, though, as you’ll really need to demonstrate your reactions with split-second timing.
Essentially, your controls center around using either the d-pad or the left stick. With that in mind, it seems that the responsiveness and flow is more effective with the former. Considering that you need to change directions very quickly, you need a high degree of accuracy for your movements. And because of the slight delay when using the left stick, you’ll likely end up using the d-pad by default. Regardless, Pix the Cat is simple and easy enough for you to master its controls by their very nature.
With a wonderful display of bright and neon colors, Pix the Cat makes its achievement for its retro-style graphics with a twist. Characters are presented with a simplistic approach while the transitions are pretty amazing with the zooming in and out when traveling between levels. The only drawback with the portable version is that there are some occasions where the levels are zoomed out too much, making it difficult to see on the Vita screen.
To make the experience even more exciting, the music gets wilder during certain aspects of the game. While there’s a limited number of tunes available, the sound effects will definitely compensate and therefore stimulate your auditory senses. If you enjoyed the presentation from such games as Pac-Man: Championship Edition, then you will find this title just as mesmerizing.
Pix the Cat can be best described as a blend between two classic titles: Pac-Man and Snake. You control Pix with the objective of collecting eggs that immediately hatch into duckling. Afterwards, you need to guide them to their designated spots, which will spawn a door to the next level. The more eggs you end up collecting, the longer your tail of ducklings following you. In this case, you will need to ensure that you don’t run into them or else it’s game over.
The levels themselves aren’t that long, but as you progress further you need to think very quickly and react accordingly. There is also a time limit assigned for you to get through as many levels as you can. And when you transition to the next level, you are immediately thrown into its awaiting puzzle. Eventually, finding the best path for Pix to take is key to success. While it may be easy from the start, you will quickly find the difficulty ramping up significantly.
What makes Pix the Cat really enjoyable and challenging is when you activate Fever Time by getting a high enough combo. In such an occurrence, the screen starts flashing while musical rhythm speeds up. Additionally, Pix moves at a higher speed so your reflexes are really being put to the test. This aspect is what gives the game replay incentive, as it will induce players to revisit and find a better path to get Pix to take.
To add some variety to the gameplay, enemies are introduced in later levels. Although they travel in predictable paths, you still need to make your movement accordingly. Otherwise, you’ll run into them and lose the ducklings that were following you — if you do happen to achieve Fever Time, however, then you can run into these enemies and kill them.
This type of arcade style gameplay is quite neat and familiar enough for players to end up getting addicted to. On top of that, there is even more content to unlock, including additional maps and artwork. If you persevere with Pix the Cat, you’ll eventually gain access to Nostalgia mode, which takes the game to an even more retro approach with a black and white appearance. So even though this title is best experienced during casual plays, it has the potential to keep players coming back for more.
Pix the Cat will draw you in with its addictive gameplay and retro-style presentation. Almost every aspect of the game makes it an amazing title to own, especially if you dig the simple arcade approach.