Fans of retro shooter game have a new light scrolling over the pixelated horizon as the latest Pixeljunk title from Q-Games, PixelJunk SideScroller is set to release exclusively on the PlayStation Network. No official release date has been given as of yet, but it is expected for Q3 of this year.
PixelJunk is the name of a series of downloadable games developed by Q-Games, starting with PixelJunk Racer in 2007 and including such titles as PixelJunk Eden and PixelJunk Monsters. PixelJunk SideScroller is meant to be a shoot-off of the PixelJunk Shooter titles, with the game being played by the characters while they ride in their escape pods. It is designed to look like it is playing on an old CRT monitor with retro special effects, making it feel as if the players are actually playing on an older television.
Players will take control of a small ship as it moves across the screen through a variety of colorful, yet very dangerous environments. Levels will be laden with not only enemies firing on every side, but also environmental traps such as lava waterfalls and falling rocks. To keep the pilot alive in these dangerous places, the ship is equipped with three different forms of weaponry: a rapid-fire blaster, a laser and homing missiles. Each of these weapons will be upgradeable by grabbing power-ups throughout each level, reminiscent of classics in the side-scrolling genre like Phalanx, Gradius and R-Type. Keeping in retro style, the game will be easy to pick up but very hard to conquer, with enemies, boss fights and even the level working against the player to keep victory just out of reach.
While the game is created to be an homage to retro side-scrolling titles, the graphic quality of the game is a vast improvement on it’s predecessors. Each level is lush with a unique style of polygonal HD graphics which fans of any other PixelJunk games will recognize. New screenshots were released at Gamescom 2011 in Cologne, Germany, giving players a taste of what the environments and bosses will look like, and to make waiting that much more difficult for anyone already looking forward to the release.