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Axel & Pixel review

Picture almost perfect


  • A splendid slice of silliness
  • Like a childhood book in game form
  • QTEs and minigames mix things up


  • Some unfairly obscure puzzles
  • Quite short
  • Will be too weird for some

It%26rsquo;s been said that nobody makes wacky games quite like the Japanese. By the same standard, nobody comes close to Eastern Europe either. In weirdness stakes Eastern Europe runs a close second: Eerie, Indiana to Japan%26rsquo;s Twin Peaks. The latest slice of down-the-rabbit-hole bonkersness comes courtesy of Axel %26amp; Pixel: a point and clicker following French artist Axel and his friendly dog Pixel as they pursue an evil key-thieving rat through four seasons of nightmarish worlds clearly inspired by free PC favorite Samorost.

Like many point and clickers its solutions range from the forehead-slappingly obvious to the unfairly obscure (such as coaxing a young bird into the mouth of a giant tortoise to use its head as a ladder). What is impressive, however, is its use of QTEs and minigames to bolster the adventure and inject fresh ideas into the predictable template. The adventure%26rsquo;s a bit short, but a decent selection of collectibles will drag you back once you%26rsquo;re done.

Nov 11, 2009

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Description<p>An artist (Axel) and his dog (Pixel)&#160;enter a strange world and must work together to solve puzzles in this XBLA release. The engrossing adventure is a bit short, but a decent selection of collectibles will drag you back once you&#8217;re done.</p>
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating7+
Alternative namesAxel and Pixel
Release date:14 October 2009 (US), 14 October 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
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