Pixel Heroes : Byte & Magic Review

  • Feb. 3rd, 2017
  • Xbox One / iOS / PC
  • Headup Games


Pixel Heroes : Byte & Magic attempts to bring back the old time randomly generated turn based RPG of yesterday but fails to succeed in almost every sense.

You control a party of characters sent on quests. It’s a simple premise, move forward, level up, kill, loot, rinse and repeat. The game goes back to the 8 bit day with looks and sounds but takes it one step too far on the Xbox One and puts the game in 4:3 aspect. That means that you will see blank space on the left and right side of the screen.

For being a dungeon crawler though the game is extremely linear. You always move forward in your quest and most quests end up playing out almost the same. Dungeons play out as numbered rooms where you face groups of 3 enemies or sometimes a trapped chest. One big flaw though is that there is no option to back out of a fight. You always move to the right so even with a clear path behind you, you can’t go back. So if you get thrown into a battle against enemies much stronger than you then your only option is to fight till the end.

The combat is pretty much a rock, paper, scissors type system. Each person has different attributes to them so they take more / less damage from different attacks or magic / spells. The problem is that since the game becomes so overly repetitive so quickly the combat quickly just becomes a tiresome affair.

You should expect quite a steep difficulty to the game and expect to die many times. The game employs permadeath as well so don’t become too attached to any characters you may have. Sadly when playing it just never feels like your making progress. The few times you’ll start to feel powerful that you are doing well you’ll just face a boss that wipes you out like nothing, then its back to square one.

Pixel Heroes biggest fault is the UI for the inventory system. It doesn’t work at all on consoles. The simplest things like trashing items and going between characters inventory systems is just overly complicated.

Sadly Pixel Heroes falls short on all its attempt to deliver a solid blast from the past. If you truly need your fix for a game like this then there are many on PC that while maybe costing more do it a lot better.

Score : 3/10

Digital Review Code Provided Courtesy Of HeadUp Games


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