There is a wistful nostalgia that comes from playing an 8 or 16-bit game that shoots you straight back to childhood. If perhaps that time period was a little before your time, pixel art games can give you a taste of what all those old people keep reverently talking about. Recent game developers, many from the ID@Xbox community, have taken this genre of games and turned them up to 11. There is no shortage of fantastic pixelated games so the ID@Xbox team have taken 50 of our favorites and put them on sale. From now through October 8 you can save up to 60% in the Pixel Art Perfection Sale. From Metroidvania platformers to farming simulator role-playing games, pixel art doesn’t discriminate when it comes to genre. Here are just a few of the titles on sale:
Dead Cells (20% off) Dead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what’s happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and seemingly cursed Island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, permadeath and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble, make for a demanding, visceral and cathartic action game.
Stardew Valley (25%) You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!
Moonlighter (25%) Manage the shop, craft and enchant, get the loot, fight with style, open the gates! Every adventure has to pay off. During an archaeological excavation – a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was found near the excavation site – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure. Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements that demonstrates two sides of the coin – revealing everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that secretly dreams of becoming a hero.
Owlboy (40%) Being a mute, Otus struggles living up to the expectations of owl-hood. Things spiral from bad to worse with the sudden appearance of sky pirates. Owlboy is a story-driven platform adventure game, where you can fly and explore a brand-new world in the clouds! Pick up your friends, and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome obstacles and greater enemies, in one of the most detailed adventures of this era.
Hyper Light Drifter (50%) Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with dangers and lost technologies. Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale. Drifters of this world are the collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. Our Drifter is haunted by an insatiable illness, traveling further into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease.
Axiom Verge (50%) Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It’s a thin line. After a lab accident, a scientist awakens in a mysterious, alien world. Is this a distant planet? The far future? Or a complex virtual-reality computer simulation? Explore and uncover the mystery of a surreal world by blasting aliens and glitching your environment in this intense retro side-scrolling action/adventure.
This is just a small sample all the great games on sale October 2 – 8. This week the ID@Xbox team encourages you to remember our version of the four Ps. Pixel Perfection Premiums Present. See the full list of games at Xbox.com