Review: Pixel Devil and the broken cartridge (Nintendo Switch)

Classic platformer in the style of Pixel-art. The main character goes to the world of 8-bit games to save his girlfriend. Help him to find new abilities and find out who is behind the abduction of the girl.


  • Pixel art graphics.
  • 61.1MB download size.
  • Five save slots.
  • Pixel Devil and the broken cartridge is a 2D platformer.
  • Tutorial level with ongoing tutorial signboards.
  • 8-bit style soundtrack.
  • Retro feel.
  • Arcade cabinets are checkpoints, plenty of them.
  • Return to map or checkpoint option in the game.
  • Four locations and you can jump into any location.
  • Infinite lives.
  • Solid gameplay.
  • Uses a health bar system.
  • Fast loading times.
  • D-pad and analog stick support.
  • Tokens- collect in-game to increase your health.
  • Unlock new abilities like a pogo stick and being a tank!
  • Collected tokens stay even after death.
  • Health pickups in game.
  • Proper arcade approach.


  • Pixel Devil and the broken cartridge has no touchscreen support.
  • The analog stick is not that great, too sensitive.
  • Difficult.
  • Feels like a game you have played many times before.
  • A lot of pixel perfect jumps needed and it’s really hard to judge.
  • Save slot never seems to update?

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Pixel Devil and the broken cartridge is a game that feels and looks very much like a game you have played before. But it is still a solid fun platformer, It nails the retro atmosphere is laden with many easter eggs and nods to popular games from the years. I like the “retro difficulty” of it all but it wasn’t all smooth sailing, Oh no! For the jumping needs to be pixel perfect, Especially when grabbing the many ledges and hooks in the game. The actual platforming though is varied and Pixel Devil and the broken cartridge will provide an adequate challenge.

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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