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PixelJunk 1-4 - PS3 - Preview

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Posted by: jkdmedia

Pre-E3 2009 PreviewE3 2008 GameZone Previews

The name itself is a bit deceptive, but Pixel Junk 1-4 lives up to the Pixel Junk legacy with puzzle-based gaming. But why is the name deceptive? Because beginning today, SCEA will be running a contest for the Pixel Junk community to name the game.

Shown off at Sony Computer Entertainment’s pre-E3 event in Los Angeles, 1-4 is slated for a fall release, but even at the event, there were still some elements that were not being talked about – like the number of levels the game will feature upon release.

For those unfamiliar with Pixel Junk, this is a PlayStation Network title that is very much level-based with puzzles that must be solved in order to pass from one level to the next. Players control a small ship-type icon that can move in almost every direction imaginable within the two-dimensional environment.

During the SCEA event, the levels shown had miners trapped deep in caverns, threatened by lava and monsters. The goal was to rescue the miners, interrupt the lava flow by blasting through walls and redirecting water reserves. In addition to the monsters, there were also missile-firing turrets that needed to be avoided and/or destroyed.

1-4 will feature new enemies but the core element here are not the graphics. In fact, one could say the graphics are throw-backs to an earlier time in gaming. Nope, the star of the game are the level puzzles that challenge the creativity of players.

Pixel Junk is a great match for the PlayStation Network, offering gameplay that will entreat gamers of all ages.

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