Review: Pixel Action Heroes (Nintendo Switch)

Play as an iconic physics-based action hero from the movies in a fully destructible block building world. Here is our Pixel Action Heroes review.

Pros:

  • Blocky pixel graphics. (Think Minecraft)
  • 170MB Download size.
  • First person shooter gameplay.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Full stats screen for both online and offline.
  • Singleplayer- Creative, Practice, and Zombie.
  • 15 Characters which are parodies of celebrities.
  • 5 Custom character slots.
  • Creative mode- Map/skin/cube editors. Can share maps and skins online.
  • Practice mode- Deathmatch, 9 maps, Bot difficulty and lives slider.
  • Zombie mode- Singleplayer, Wave based survival. 5 maps initially with 2 to unlock. Guns/ armor and health drop randomly in levels. Boss waves.
  • Day/Night option.
  • Multiplayer- Select region, server search, host or join randomly. Host options include 4 modes- soccer, deathmatch, team deathmatch and creative, Supports 2-6 players and you can set a time limit. Shows ping in every mp menu.
  • Online leaderboards with filters.
  • Online rank based on EXP earned.
  • E-Manual.
  • Settings- invert axis, sensitivity sliders, auto jump and gyro controls.
  • Rebind controls.
  • Skin packs- Classic or enhanced.
  • Wide selection of guns from FAMAS to Desert Eagle to Rocket launchers and AK47 or snipers and shotguns.
  • Destructible environments, You have a shovel all the time.
  • Fun to play.
  • A lot of replayability.
  • Many types of Zombies and bosses.
  • Great sound effects.
  • Each character says their classic catchphrases.
  • In creative mode, you can fly.
  • Cheap price point.

Cons:

  • Weapons take ages to reload.
  • Sharing creations use a long code you need to share.
  • No tutorial.
  • Hard to make out what weapons are what on the pickup spots.
  • Very basic levels especially in Zombie mode.
  • Slow paced in Zombie mode.
  • E-Manual is a pain to use.
  • Levels are small.
  • Takes ages to unlock extra maps in Zombie. Must clear default maps up to level 20 on each then level 40 after that.
  • No local MP.
  • Zombie mode has no co-op.
  • Characters repeat their catchphrases a lot!
  • Lacks attack animations.
  • Breaking blocks are very slow.
  • Little destruction in Zombie mode.

The Numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

Ok so the game looks like a straight up Minecraft deathmatch game, For a large part, it is but you do get a lot of guns and destruction for your money! I was surprised by all the editors and modes in this small game. I wish you could share creations easier and have a way to view other peoples work. One thing to note is the game is very basic but its the creative modes that will keep you coming back, That said I do enjoy a few Zombie waves from time to time or a few deathmatch games against bots. Online is really good fun and one that definitely keeps you wanting more. In short for what little money you pay you to get a lot of fun in a small game and is definitely worth checking out even for novelty.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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