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Axel & Pixel review

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AT A GLANCE
  • 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’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’s Twin Peaks. The latest slice of down-the-rabbit-hole bonkersness comes courtesy of Axel & 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’s a bit short, but a decent selection of collectibles will drag you back once you’re done.

Nov 11, 2009

More Info

Release date: Oct 14 2009 - Xbox 360 (US)
Oct 14 2009 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Adventure
Published by: 2K Play
Developed by: Silver Wish Games
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Comic Mischief, Crude Humor
PEGI Rating:
7+

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1 comment

  • garnsr - November 12, 2009 4:57 a.m.

    The demo was very enchanting, but I've got too many bigger, more expensive games to play right now.

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