Pixel Gun 3D review: now with worldwide multiplayer mode

By , Aug 24, 2013

Pixel Gun 3D 2PixelGun 3D has been hovering around the top spot for paid apps for a while now. Maybe it’s because it comes with a custom skin maker for Minecraft. Maybe because it has that retro pixel look that old school gamers go gaga over.

It could also be because the game, now called Pixel Gun 3D, is actually a good first-person shooter game that fans of the genre will enjoy…

Design

Right out of the gate, this game reminds me of classic first-person shooter (FPS) games like Wolfenstein 3D and Doom. Players enter the battlefield with nothing but a pixelated handgun and must shoot their way out of a tight spot. The main difference is that this game is intentionally blocky instead of being the victim of the decade.

Zombies, mummies, and skeletons are all made from the same type of boxy body as those in the popular building game Minecraft. In fact, one of the game’s features is that you can create custom skins that you can upload to your Minecraft Mojang account.

The entire world is pixel heavy. So much so that you can hardly see the details of some monsters when they are up close. Just like it is in Doom. Very nostalgic.

Players have the option of playing Survival mode or Multiplayer mode. In Survival, you’ll be fighting a specified number of enemies in each level before moving on. In multiplayer mode, you’ll be fighting against others in a bloody battle to the death in a player-vs-player game.

In the Skin Maker section, you can create a new Minecraft skin from scratch or start with a preset character and customize it. Presets can be uploaded to your Minecraft account through Mojang.

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Gameplay

Players start on a primer level that looks more like a zombie shooting gallery than an FPS. You will be able to practice your shooting technique and get a few tips on how to jump, collect guns and weapons, and what to do when you’ve cleared a level.

Then, you’ll be transported to the graveyard where you must defend yourself against a horde of undead monsters. Zombies, skeletons, and ferocious bushes (at least, I think they are bushes) will chase you around until you gun them down. Don’t stay in one spot. There are different guns and additional ammo hiding in different places. They will appear randomly and in spots you thought you had already checked, so always be on the move. Different guns have different abilities. For example, your basic handgun takes four shots to kill a zombie while the six-shooter will take them down in two. There is also a machine gun, a sawed-off shotgun, and more. You can purchase special weapons in the game’s store, like the iconic miner’s pick axe from Minecraft or a crystal sword (possibly a nod to Adventure Time?).

Survival mode is extremely challenging and you only get one free re-spawn elixir. That means that after you die, you have to start over at the very beginning. That one re-spawn elixir will make you happy, but only until you get your head gnawed off by a bunch of cursed mummies. Once you’ve run out of elixir, you’ll have to start at the beginning again, no matter how far you’ve gotten. It is both exciting and rage inducing to get to the next level, only to have to start over thanks to a particularly hungry pack of birds.

In Multiplayer mode, you can either create a game or join one that is about to begin. You can create your own game by selecting the map, choosing the number of players up to 10, and deciding how many kills wins the game.

Once you enter the arena, it is kill or be killed. The first person to make it to the specified number of kills wins the game.

Survival mode comes with 10 challenging levels, each one more difficult than the last. Multiplayer mode features nine different maps to choose from. Different maps are different sizes. Larger maps work best for large groups.

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The Good

I was pleasantly surprised at how fun this game is. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like much. It almost feels like a work in progress, which I think it is. The levels are very challenging and loads of fun. It is obvious that the developers of this game have a deep love of the FPS genre. They know what gamers like and give it to them in spades.

The Bad

For some reason, the game saved 13 images to my iPad’s photo library. I’m not sure why that needed to happen. I can only imagine it has something to do with sending the skins to your Minecraft account. However, I would have rather been given the choice of whether I wanted to save the skins to my photo library or not.

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Value

You can download Pixel Gun 3D for $0.99 and it is worth every penny. It features a rich and challenging Survival mode with 10 unbelievably difficult levels. Plus, you can fight against your friends (or enemies) for hours in Multiplayer-vs-player mode.

Conclusion

Fans of old school first person shooters will really get a kick out of this game. It is fun, exciting, and tough to get through. As a whole, it still feels like an unpolished gem. However, as the game increases in popularity, it is clear that the developers are spending more and more time creating the ultimate pixelated FPS. This game is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Download it in the App Store today.

Related Apps

In addition to games like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, N.O.V.A. 3 is an epic FPS for the modern age. Of course, there are intentional similarities to Minecraft.

Do you like to play FPS games, or do they just make you feel nauseous? I still remember the first time I played Doom. I thought I was going to be sick. Maybe I shouldn’t have played it for three hours straight.

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  • abdullah575

    this game sucks !!!

    • David Gitman

      So go and make a game by your self

      • abdullah575

        it is EASY !!!

      • David Gitman

        so do it.

    • rojer

      Hi guys , I’m 18 years old bored boy , wanna chat on iMessage with any body wants the same …my iMessage is : rojerbyz@gmail.com
      This is not a CATFISH prank .

      • 3aloo1

        wait a minute i think you made a mistake people could spam you dont share your email like this unless the email is a prank

      • rojer

        I can change my email easily , and this is not a prank , someone already texted me , if you don’t believe , I don’t mind to facetime any body any time , my facetime is that same email , some people find it weird to talk to completely strangers but I find it cool , I can go out with my friends , talk to them ، fight with’em , but I really need to know new people

      • 3aloo1

        Seems true…..

      • rojer

        Thanks :)

      • David Gitman

        seems legit for me

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    Oh my- yeah! I too remember the first time I played Doom but I also remember the first time I SAW someone else playing it even before I tried it out.
    I played Doom without any sound card for the first time back in the day and even without any SFX, the game was outstanding!
    You should try the 3D rendered mod that’s available out there and play the whole game yet again! It would be like playing a brand new one! ;) Cheers!

    • Nestea80

      I also played Doom before I had a soundcard. The strange thing was, I played with the keyboard, and not with the mouse. I’m not sure why. The WASD thing wasn’t … popularized or something. I used ALT to strafe, CTRL to fire, and the cursor keys to move around. Then when I finally got a soundcard, I remember thinking how awesome it was to hear “real” sounds, music, and voices from the speakers.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Oh god, exactly the same here! The introduction of the mouse on FPS games was a hit back then. I loved the keyboard better! :D
        Ah… nostalgia! But I think my first FPS was Catacombs 3D. <3

      • Nestea80

        Ahhh, those were the days. The days of MS-DOS, pkunzip and BBSes! The days when if someone in the family picked up the phone, it would ruin my multiplayer Doom game!

  • Lmao

    LOL! What the hell is this? Call of Duty from 1970s?

    • David Gitman

      a game for older devices

      • Hyr3m

        A game fit for Apple’s obsolete devices…

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS

      kinda funny how everyone these days think games are all about graphics…lol

  • jocastro

    yeah it kinda boring to me

  • Ree

    You should make videos to accompany your articles, you know kinda like how Jeff does with tweaks. I think it would be nice. Well just my thoughts.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    looks fun

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  • Benchmark Apps

    This game is so good. Love it!

  • manmanman

    i cant enter the Slenderman Map! D: I CANT FINISH CAMPAIGN it just crashes the game D: D: D: PLZ FIX! now PLZ :(

  • Mustafa Ridhwaan

    Idk how to add skins to my gallery…pkz help PLEEEEEASE

  • Mustafa Ridhwaan

    I can’t pick my own created skin……what should I dp

  • Mustafa Ridhwaan

    Do*

    • http://kizi.com daniel

      huh what are you talking about

  • Dude

    This game is good. But the community is the worst in existence. Period. The “wolf” people who make “packs” and crap? They waste countless hours asking for “gfs and bfs” while they are all just five year old children who don’t comprehend that girlfriends and boyfriends are more than just titles of friends you can get to say you have. And above all- don’t make the mistake of trying to reason with the imbeciles. Worst is “icehuskie”

    • http://kizi.com daniel

      hey they are not crap are you stupid

  • Emma

    I don’t know how to wear the skin you just made my friend did that But she forgot how

    • http://kizi.com daniel

      oh thats sad:[

  • Connor

    i’m 12 and i’ve made six games go make some if it sucks

    • http://kizi.com daniel

      oh iv made 12 im 7 it does not suck;]

  • Connor

    All of you that think it is stupid make a game i’m 12 and six games i have made so go make one if its so boring

    • http://kizi.com daniel

      stop everyone my fav game is this game
      its not boring its fun!!!

  • http://kizi.com daniel

    it does not you suck and are you stupid and a idiot

  • http://kizi.com daniel

    yeah my friend daniel is right

  • http://kizi.com daniel

    ur whats going on friends daniel 1 and 2

  • http://kizi.com daniel

    huh what are you talking about daniel 0

  • http://kizi.com daniel

    im talking about you guys whats going on with david gitman