Life of Pixel Is a Platformer Set Inside Classic Computers
Posted by Sammy Barker
Way back machine
There have already been a handful of interesting ideas published as part of Sony’s cross-platform portable gaming initiative PlayStation Mobile – but Super Icon’s upcoming Life of Pixel is in a different league.
The quirky release – which is currently in submission with Sony – promises to deliver a puzzle platformer set inside classic computers such as the Atari 2600, Commodore 64, and ZX Spectrum. According to the developer, all of the graphics were created “using the pixel resolution and palette restrictions of the [original] machines”. Consider us intrigued.
“This was a bit of a personal dream project as I never got to do game art for the older 8-bit machines,” creative director Richard Hill-Whittall explained on the developer’s blog. “It has been fantastic exploring the limitations of each machine and creating level graphics and sprites within those limitations, yet trying to make them look as good as possible.”
In addition to Life of Pixel, Super Icon is currently putting the finishing touches to its second PlayStation Mobile title Mega Blast. But despite committing to the platform in a big way, the developer reckons that the jury’s still out on Sony's new scheme.
“Sony has been very pro-active in sourcing content for PSM, and I believe that this is something they should continue to do, as PSM will be a hard sell for many developers,” Hill-Whittall continued. “The biggest kicker right now with PSM is the complete lack of a cross-platform development strategy. Currently, to get a PSM title onto iOS requires a significant amount of work."
Still, the studio's eager to see the platform grow – presumably because it's got two titles in the pipeline, and it needs to see a return on its investment.