Axel & Pixel

Good
  • Blend of puzzle, quick time events and mini games ensures varied gameplay start to finish
  • Strange and bizarre world design stands out in the genre
Bad
  • Short adventure compared to other titles in the genre
7

Axel & Pixel is a point and click adventure game that is available on Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows which was released in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Focusing on offering a surreal and bizarre adventure Axel & Pixel stands out amongst other titles within this genre. While there is plenty of beauty to explore in the dream like world that players explore there is also plenty of threat to be found and overcome.

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As the name might suggest Axel & Pixel follows two main characters that both have their own role to play. These characters are Axel the painter and his dog Pixel with their adventure centred on the exploration of Axel’s dream world which is full of dream like mysteries. They enter this dream world after being hypnotised by a lullaby one day inside their house which unexpectedly opens up an unknown realm. Ultimately your goal is to escape by defeating the Evil Rat and an Ice Giant while painting a picture of all the seasons in a single day which is linked to one of Axel’s real world skills.

Linked to this ultimate objective the game starts out in a snowy environment and eventually takes players across spring, summer and autumn as they chase the Evil Rat through the seasons in this surreal dream environment. Throughout this journey players will also try to find a number of collectibles which includes bones for your dog Axel that each help you in the adventure ahead while also serving as a personal sense of achievement.

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Core gameplay within Axel & Pixel follows a point and click style of gameplay so players of classic games in this genre will quickly learn the ins and outs of the mechanics. While this point and click style provide you the opportunity to progress at your own pace Axel & Pixel is by no means an easy game with plenty of odd and obscure puzzles to solve which ties in with the bizarre atmosphere and rewards players logical reasoning and attention to detail. In between exploration these puzzles are fairly varied with a core repeating set of elements for some consistency. In addition to point and click puzzle gameplay Axel & Pixel players can also expect a number of quick time events and mini games to break up the puzzle gameplay.

To assist along the way the games cursor will light up or have the controller vibrate in the Xbox version to give players some direction on items that are worth a second look. The absence of dialogue also significantly increases the games difficult with Axel only speaking gibberish during the adventure and plays further into the strange atmosphere.

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Ultimately this atmosphere stretches across the fore aforementioned seasons with a 24 chapter structure that remains strange, bizarre and fun throughout as you guide Axel & Pixel to the conclusion.

Summary:

  • A point and click puzzle adventure game from 2009.
  • Follows Axel and his dog Pixel through the four seasons as they explore and solve puzzles to defeat evil.
  • Mini games and quick time events break up the core puzzle gameplay loop.
  • Weird and wacky game world to explore with dream like elements.
  • On Windows and Xbox 360 (and Xbox One).

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Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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