Hit Xbox Live Indie Games Title Dead Pixels Live on Steam

Looking for some cheap fun this weekend? Still not burnt out on zombies? Have a soft spot for the classic NES beat-’em-up River City Ransom? You’re in luck. John Common’s hit — to the tune of more than 60,000 copies sold — Xbox Live Indie Games title Dead Pixels has finally gotten a PC release on Steam. Even better, it’s only $2.99.

Dead Pixels features side-scrolling gameplay through randomly generated levels that comprise a city overrun by zombies. Depending on the difficulty level (easy, medium, or hard) the city is 10, 20, or 30 streets long leading to a hopeful rescue at the other end. Ammo and supplies are limited, as are the number of shops along the way where more can be purchased, so making the most of what you’ve got is crucial to survival. You also have to watch how many items you pick up, as you have to deal with encumbrance. Carrying to much will slow you down, but you can train to become stronger and carry more.

With its authentic-looking 8-bit graphics and numerous nods to retro games, Dead Pixels is charming on top of being surprisingly deep and replayable. It’s just missing online co-op, which would make it a real no-brainer (no pun intended). Common is currently working on a sequel, to be partly funded by sales of the PC version, which promises to include the means to play online with friends.

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