Indie Pixel (Free) by On5 is a collaborative arcade puzzle game. Also, as On5 likes to say, it can even be described as an experimental social game. It’s experimental in the sense that there is no beating the game or getting a high score, but it is still fun nonetheless. Its multiplayer nature is quite interesting, as it may or may not be helpful at times – especially when considering the necessity of cooperation.
At this point, let’s actually dive in and see what this game is all about. The concept itself is actually pretty simple. Your “pixel,” which is your character on the board, will be placed in a room with random players. At first, you’ll want to tap the “Edit” button in the bottom left corner to customize your pixel. By doing this, it will be unique and identifiable among the others. The object of the game is to form the pattern of pixels shown below the board. This can be done by swiping up, down, left, or right to move your pixel accordingly. However, the goal formation will change every 10 seconds, so be prepared for this.
After holding the correct formation for whatever remains of the 10-second timer, you and the other pixels will receive one point. There are also two zones that move around the board. If you and the other players’ pixels form the pattern within one of these zones, you will all double or triple your points. You can also earn more points using the various power-ups available. As you begin to form the necessary arrangements across the board, you will begin to uncover a wallpaper that lies below it. Once 80 percent of the board is uncovered, the wallpaper will be unlocked, and you’ll be able to save it to your Camera Roll. These wallpapers are actually pretty hot, and look great on home screens.
As I mentioned earlier, Indie Pixel is a collaborative puzzle game. With this, cooperation is important. Even if you play at the same time as someone else in meatspace, you may not be in the same room as them in the game. If you do, you can scream and shout at each other about where to move on the board. However, if you interact solely with other online players, you’ll want to brush up on your telepathy. Quite frankly, if you end up playing with others who do not think like you, you may end up getting pretty frustrated. Either way, the game is fun to play, as each situation presents different challenges.
Although it can be considered an experimental game, Indie Pixel is still a lot of fun. The general consensus among the three others I tested this with is that they all enjoyed playing it. To make things better, Indie Pixel is a universal download in the App Store for free.