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Pewdiepie’s Pixelings Review: Fun but Short Distraction

Subscribers to Youtuber Pewdiepie may already know about Pewdiepie’s Pixelings, a game that he would promote at the end of his videos. For those who aren’t automatically downloading the game just because Pewdiepie said so, read on for our Pewdiepie’s Pixelings review.

Gameplay: ‘Turn-based, Real-time Pokemon game’

Pixeling battle zones
Pixelings screenshot, courtesy of Playholic

Pewdiepie’s Pixelings is a hero-collector real-time battler. Players collect different Pixelings, cute tiny creatures that inhabit the game world. Each player could bring up to five creatures from a growing list of characters every battle. Each match starts with one Pixeling from each side on the battlefield. Players could bring up two more to join in on the battlefield once their meters fill up. With two on reserve, they can replace any Pixeling that may get low on health or affected by status effects.

Similar to Final Fantasy’ Active Time Battle bar, Pixelings have a bar that determines when they’ll attack. Once this gauge is fully filled, the Pixeling would attack the enemy. Different Pixeling types determine who they attack: Ranged Pixelings attack those directly in front of them while Melee Pixelings always attack the front enemy character regardless of where they are. To help your Pixelings in battle, you could use magic powers that may deal damage on opponents, heal your own characters, or inflict status effects.

Overall, the depth of strategy the game offers revolves around positioning and timing. The first to wipe out all of their opponent’s creatures wins.

Collect Them All

The forty-plus creatures in-game are based around Pewdiepie’s expanded universe. Characters inspired by his Youtube channel’s videos and characters from his two other games make an appearance in this game as Pixelings. Pewdiepie himself is in the game, with fully voice-acted lines.

The Pixelings come in different rarity levels, which determines how easily obtainable they are. New Pixelings are obtained either by opening treasure chests which you get for free. The treasure chests open themselves after a set amount of time. Pixelings can also be bought in the in-game store using the game’s currency, or dropped as stage rewards throughout the campaign.

Pixelings gain experience that help them increase their stats. There isn’t a lot of character stats to talk about aside from health and damage.

Although the game is free-to-play, a subscription service is available for $7.99 a month. The subscription service rewards players with the game’s premium currency which they could use to instantly open treasure chests or buy currency.

It isn’t hard to collect all Pixelings, given the limited number of available characters so far. However, more characters might be added later on in the game in future updates. Thankfully, each hand-drawn sprite for the Pixelings overflow with personality, and the sprite animations, although not crisp, feel very satisfying to watch.

Fun but Short Campaign

The story mode in the game is a fun experience. The game is on-brand on Pewdiepie’s other games: Legend of the Brofist and Tuber Simulator. His humor oozes on the game, which is only amplified by his actual presence in the game.

The tale the game tells is funny but forgettable. You and Pewdiepie are here at BroTown to investigate why Pixelings are disappearing one by one. You travel across the world of Pixelings in search of answers. However, the mystery isn’t given any time to ripen, as the game is easily completed in under an hour.

The campaign stages could be replayed at higher difficulties, but there’s barely any point in doing so. Playing PvP could be frustrating if matchmaking pairs you with a whale who has spent their money to get all the rarer, stronger Pixelings early on. There’s also a guild system that barely has any use right now. For sure, these features will develop as time goes along, just as how Tuber Simulator continues to have a constant stream of updates that built upon the core gameplay loop of the game. But right now, as far as your time’s worth is concerned, finishing the game’s campaign story should be enough for your Pewdiepie fix. After which, you move on.

Pewdiepie’s Pixelings Review Score: 3/5

Pewdiepie’s Pixelings is available on both iOS and Android devices.