McPixel (universal) by Sos is a port of the PC point-and-click adventure – which means its easily one of the oddest games to ever hit an iOS device. A charming and irreverent puzzler, McPixel is full of vulgar slapstick humor and hilarious puzzle solutions, all wrapped up in a beautiful retro package.
In the pixel-packed world of McPixel, players are presented with dozens of different catastrophes for to help prevent. Each round consists of six puzzles for players to solve in under twenty seconds. Some involve diffusing a bomb, others involving sacrificing living creatures to volcanoes – tasks that all have to be discovered and completed within 20 seconds, or everything goes boom. After succeeding or failing, players move onto the next puzzle, cycling through the six puzzles in sequence until all have been solved.
Saving the day is no simple task: like any classic point and click adventure, there are numerous objects on each screen for players to interact with. Most situations involve one or two taps of the screen, setting off a chain of events that solves the puzzle in laugh out loud fashion. Thankfully, failing is even funnier than succeeding, which makes the inherent trial and error of the gameplay design much more engaging than it sounds on paper.
Much of the game’s personality comes from its aesthetics: the Atari-like graphics and chiptune soundtrack are both fantastic, full of smooth animations and addictive melodies. The amount of detail in every sequence is impressive, and encourages users when they fail by dropping subtle hints along the way to guide players in the right direction towards a solution.
After all the puzzles have been solved and the ending unlocked, the only thing left for players to do is replay the different puzzles in the endless mode. Unfortunately, the puzzles aren’t limitless – or simple enough to be auto-generated – so the amount of content in the game is limited to what the developers have time to create. The 100 puzzles will last for awhile, and there are secondary challenges in each chapter that help extend the game a little bit.
Fans of point-and-click adventures looking for something a little more adult-oriented and light-hearted will have an absolute ball of a time with McPixel. It manages to be both silly and challenging, not sacrificing its gameplay and puzzles for the sake of its humor, even though it is easily one of the funniest games on the platform.