Nostalgia can take many different forms for different people. Whatever the reason, there’s something about pixel art games that can even make those who grew up with Xbox 360s or GameCubes long for a gaming era they may not have ever known.
Pixel art is beautiful, even in its most basic forms. Feelings are far more significant than looks. These games can be played on any PC unless it’s incredibly, incredibly old. Furthermore, the selection is so extensive that your options are limitless.
1 Potion Permit
In Moonbury, you may anticipate a (primarily amusing) adventure and a relaxing color scheme. Potion Permit, a game that approaches Stardew Valley in its amount of positive sentiments, casts you in the position of the Chemist, a potion-brewing doctor from the far-off and harshly mocked capital city. Although Moonbury doesn’t like you initially, you have plenty of time to win them over.
2 Triangle Strategy
Even though Square Enix has introduced several new IPs this year, Triangle Strategy is unquestionably the publisher’s most robust offering of 2022. A mature story about a battle sparked by a scarcity of necessary resources is presented in the turn-based strategy game Triangle Strategy, which is based on Final Fantasy Tactics.
The storyline of this game is intricate in terms of both topics and characters. The gameplay is comparable, taking cues from genre classics while still forging its identity and voice.
Backbone tells an intriguing detective story with the help of stunning pixel art. The game is only made possible by modern game engines and high-density screens since the pixel visuals are much more detailed than was even practical 20–30 years ago.
This work of art successfully updated traditional pixel art for the modern era while maintaining a fondness for it. It has well-executed platforming and a dialogue-driven experience.
4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Tribute Games’ Shredder’s Revenge, which is a fantastic homage to the beat them up heyday of the series and is rife with references to older games, exhibits a strong awareness of the TMNT gaming past. The Foot Clan is trying to stir trouble on New York’s streets again, so The Turtles are compelled to go to the surface to carry out justice. This time, they are joined by Master Splinter, April O’Neil, and Casey Jones.
Absolutes can describe the entire world. A young recluse named Sunny, it most likely could be. You guide Sunny, his twin Omori, and a bunch of friends through a colorful dream world in Omori. Sunny’s dream world is just a pastel bandage covering her interior, grayscale desolation; nonetheless, nothing is as it seems.