Description: Pixirian is an action strategy game where you control the Pixirian race, and you must fight off an invasion of an infected monster horde of enemies. Strategic planning will be needed to ensure that you build and develop the right things to advance your colony, and in doing so you'll be able to protect your people from destruction. The game overall feels like an RTS, and centers around building up your bases and defenses, then evolving and developing on what you build to prepare for the inevitable battle between you and wave after wave of enemies.
How It Works: You can't build and direct your little Pixirians if you don't have the game, so first things first you'll need to grab it from the Play Store.
As soon as you begin your game the Pixirian are immediately under the threat of an imminent attack from the infected monster horde. Luckily, the horde dies out because the infection has nowhere to spread after a the first minute or so of dialogue and you can begin to build up your colony.
This is for the most part an RTS game, and like most games in this genre your colony starts out small. You have plenty of stuff to build and do research on, but you'll need to make sure you have the correct materials or currency to do those things. Your little Pixirians can help here.
RTS games can be a little more challenging than other types of games, and to help players along with learning the ropes, there is a tutorial/how to play guide that are accessible right when you open up the game.
The game is randomly generated so that each time you play feels like a new game. This helps to keep the game from becoming too familiar and keeps gameplay more fresh.
Essentially with this game you'll want to be extremely friendly with the menu. Tapping the menu button and looking through all available options as well as reading the text descriptions before you really get into playing is recommended to acquaint yourself with how to do things.
Gathering resources is a big part of being able to build and develop your colony and defenses. To further your advancement you'll need to do research material processing, which will lead to being able to build the chemical plant, war factory and so on. You will also have a set task to complete which can be found under menu and then objectives. The objectives will change once you have finished the current task, which starts out as resource gathering of wood and stone in a set amount.
Opinion: Pixirian is not an extremely fast paced game at first. It does take some time to get things going and it may feel like things are moving at a slower pace, this is somewhat typical of a real time strategy game. Once you have a few things built though, gameplay starts to move a little faster. The game felt simple visually which was OK as there is plenty of depth through the story and dialogue to engage the gamer. Things took a little getting used to but once I was able to figure out how things worked gameplay was smoother.
- Speed (4/5) – The game actually operated a fairly steady pace. It didn't feel laggy at all and it boots up quickly
- Features (4/5) – Pixirian has a decent amount of features. There are a few game modes to keep people entertained and it's an RTS so there is lots to learn and do.
- Theme (4/5) – The visuals are simple but the story does well to make you look past that, and in doing so you can become more immersed in the game.
- Overall (4/5) – This is a true RTS game. It definitely requires some strategy and thinking to do the right things at the right time.
- Real time strategy that was challenging yet rewarding
- Hints in game to help you figure out what to do, and a how to play guide accessible from the main menu
- Multiple game modes with Story, versus, and survival.
- Randomly generated maps so each game feels new
- The hints section can be hard to find which might make things more difficult for new players.
- Guided gameplay as opposed to a how to guide could speed up the learning process of the game
Conclusion: If you enjoy real time strategy games than Pixirian definitely fits into that category. It has all the things that an RTS should have, resource gathering, building and evolving your colony, and completing research to arm your defenses. There's even the ability to build mechs which look like they can create some serious mayhem for the enemy. Quick thinking mixed with strategic decision making gets rewarded here.