One Pixel’s Perfect: Adventures Of Pip

One can only assume Philippa's lawyers have been contacted

2D pixel-art action platformers are everywhere, but Adventures of Pip has gone somewhat meta with the idea. Up on Kickstarter for $40,000 (call it £24,100ish), it’s about a pixel called Pip that’s attempting to save his fantasy kingdom.

The hook is that, as you progress, new levels of detail will be unlocked, transforming pip from a simple block and into more complex shapes. More pixels means more powers but also a larger and heavier frame, meaning that switching between them all is the key. The same, cute idea pervades the world, extending to more powerful enemies having higher visual detail. There’s a pitch video below if you’ve enough pixels in your heart to click through.

To state the obvious: this looks cool and I want to play it. Games that know they’re games such as DLC Quest, or those that incorporate glitches into their lore or mechanics, really push my buttons. The dev team, TicToc Games, have been around since the GBA era too, and that’s influenced their art. They’re therefore more experienced than many Kickstarter squads, albeit mostly in the spheres of licensed and mobile games.

In an interview at E3 they showed off some more game footage and talked about their plans for the future after their first failed Kickstarter back in May. That probably explains the longer-than-normal running time for the new one, and the lower funding goal. Hopefully they’ll be getting the mentioned demo out as soon as possible, as it’s a surefire way to increase interest. The release target is January and at time of writing there’s still plenty of $10 early bird get-the-game rewards left.


  1. GameCat says:

    News about pixel art game where header screenshot from said game is in badly compressed jpg format instead of mighty loseless png or gif…

    It’s like drowning puppies in the river. :/

  2. Raztaman says:

    This is really good to see, I’ve been wanting for more GBA “style” games on the PC (if not just for pure nostalgia), and with these guys’ experience it’ll likely turn out to be a damn fun game.

    But I still want another Golden Sun :(

  3. Skulmuk says:

    Semi-reminiscent of EvoLand, which worked pretty well and hurt my fingers by consuming too much time. This could be another one of those golden gems of gaming, if they can pull it off.

  4. DrManhatten says:

    Might have been worth mentioning this is their 2nd attempt at Kickstarter their first campaign fail way short the goal

  5. Juicetin says:

    Wow, they really set the volume on that video to ‘obliterate cochlea’. Doesn’t stop it from being damned pretty though.

  6. RedViv says:

    But why is Pip the pixely human in the picture, and NOT the frog? This is not how I imagine it.

  7. ribobura osserotto says:

    Looks incredibly bland and generic, with no soul of its own other than “it’s a pixelart game”.

  8. yhancik says:

    So he’s a Pip boy?

    • J. Cosmo Cohen says:

      There’s going to be fallout for this comment.

      • rexx.sabotage says:

        these puns are turning the comments section into a wastland

  9. Hypocee says:

    Hah, you are too late. Already backed it yesterday, after it was linked from a Hive Jump update.

    Edit: I somehow failed to mention that it was the bosses at the end of the pitch video that tipped me from ‘very competent, good luck’ to giving money. They’re huge, colourful, well-animated, and I didn’t see any bullets. They’re good enough on their own but it’s also easy to imagine a really virtuous cycle between their patterns and the game’s systems. Switch to pixel to get through the gaps it’s leaving! Nimble to jump over and collect sprayed pixels! Detail to fraughtly dodge in and burst DPS, then literally burst pixels out for more!

  10. laggerific says:

    Clearly ripping off Nintendo here. Seriously, it’s like he took 30 years of Nintendo and crammed it into one game…and took two of their beloved characters and fused them into a mess a freakishness in that frog (kirby meets yoshi). This is like friggin’ flappy bird.

    But seriously, I like the look of it, but I’ve kickstarted one too many retro platformers that have yet to come out. I really want Scott Pilgrim on the PC, and then I want River City Ransom.