Since the times of Loom, many of us have found ourselves fond of a new kind of art. It wasn’t on a traditional canvas, though the digital screen served as one in its own way. It was pretty, even though many didn’t “get” it like so many other avant-garde-isms. And the best part was that you were actually able to interact and be there. Nobody knows when pixel art ceased to be a need and became a true form of expression, but we can know for sure that our children will enjoy pixel art in the MOMA some day.
I’ve done my best to gather the best pixel games based on two key points: how fancy their pixel artwork is, and how much fun they offer, in order to break not the functionality vs personality formula. I’ve also given preference to non-blockbuster native games, in hope you discover something new and end not playing the same apps as everybody else.
5.- Epix – Epic Pixel Heroes (Blinzy Studios)
Although it might fall into the bug-smashing category, Epix is an awesome time waster, devilishly designed to fulfill hardcore gamers’ needs when they aren’t doing hardcore gaming stuff. It also to adds a little bit of spice to all those casual gamers who are looking for something a little bit more… epic, as the title implies.
Sending fantasy troops to battle against other fantasy troops is always a big deal, and Pixel Kingdom performs extremely well. Pixel knights, orcs and wizards are always pleasing to the connoisseur’s eyes, and the time-management-like gameplay about spending mana to invoke troops is really engaging.
As Nintendo hasn’t released Zelda for mobiles (nor will they anytime soon), I thought that a Zelda-like game would be to your liking. Heroes of Loot is like Zelda without Zelda, that is, a simple dungeon crawler designed to get you playing for hours. In the pixel economy, squeezing so much into 5 Mb (three 3.5″ diskettes at the current exchange rate) is a feat very few can brag of.
The core essence of pixel art would be something we might well call “pixel optimization”, whereas every single pixel gives information to the spectator and the whole piece of art transmits more than the sum that the single pixels could. It’s the fine art of saying the most with the least. Put it all into a free, no ads, no in-app purchases tactical game, and I’ll make a statue of any Bitbattle character and place it next to Botero’s bull.
Any Kairo game would be suited to fill any gaps in this list. Their trademark management games are so delightful and beautiful and well-thought-out that we should make a top 5 Kairosoft games to do them justice. However, they’re all pretty famous, so we’ve added their latest release here at the bottom just in case you haven’t noticed a great disturbance in the Market when it was launched a couple of days ago.
The featured image is by Human Pride Games, as is the flamethrower guy just above. Look carefully how the subtle tones of gray form a elastic hose, while 14 elegant pixels create the reflections in his mask. Art!