Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror (PC) Review

By Taylor Fielding 14.05.2015

Review for Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror on PC

Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror comes from the husband and wife team of Glitchy Pixel. The game won first prize in the 'Square Enix Latin American Game Contest 2012,' and gave Square Enix the IP as it was part of the contract for entering. As Square Enix did nothing with the IP, it was given back to Glitchy Pixel in 2013 and they decided to revamp it. The title came out in October 2014 and was the first commercial title for the duo. What can everyone expect from this ghostly tale? Cubed3 finds out.

The story of Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror is simple, but harkens back to classic ghost stories. Henry B. Knight passed away, becoming a poltergeist and looks to scare away anyone who dares move into his house. Other than being a poltergeist, there is not much horror going on, but it is a strategy puzzle game based around using Henry's various abilities to scare people (which he calls 'tenants') out of the house.

The gameplay is simple; use Henry's powers the scare away people to successfully to complete each level. Henry's abilities include anything from possession, throwing household objects, calling the tenants into another room, and even summoning demonic creatures or a vortex as tools to clear a room. There are 60 levels in total, split into 'eras' (Classic Era, Eighties Era, Modern Era, and Office Era), which represent a different time period in the game. The mechanics are point and click, involving simply clicking on the ability for Henry to use and then clicking on the area to use it on. The challenge comes from only having a limited set of powers to use for each level, which can result in a Game Over if Henry runs out before every tenant in the house has been scared away. Henry will also encounter 'special characters,' which will block certain powers from being used if the abilities are used in the room they are in. Each of the levels are fairly repetitive, except for the three 'boss levels' that can be played at the end of each era.

Screenshot for Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror on PC

While Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror does increase in difficulty as more levels are completed, very few are challenging. While some levels may take a bit of thinking, most can be solved with just figuring out what power to use in what room and in what order. There is no way to increase difficulty and the levels are not randomised, leaving very little room for replayability. However, Poltergeist does offer a time trial, which offers some form of challenge by having a timer as all sixty levels are played through again in order to get the best time. While the time trials are only with the same stages played before, it does offer some difficulty to those looking for a challenge.

The art is a mixed bag of 2D and 3D pixelated graphics. The pixelated character art is somewhat decent, but clashes harshly against the environments. Characters will often clip in and out of the objects and will sometimes even get stuck on an object, with the only action left to reset the level. After completing an era of the game, a cut-scene will start before the next fifteen levels start. Each cut-scene consists of a few static images with some text of narration at the bottom. The art is improved in the scenes, but the characters and background art style are different, the characters not even really being pixelated.

Screenshot for Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror is a fun puzzle strategy game that would benefit from a bit of polish. Playing as a poltergeist and trying to scare people out of a house is an interesting concept for a puzzle/strategy game. It could probably only be recommended for those who really love the casual style puzzle/strategy games and find the idea playing the scary ghost fun. While there isn't really anything wrong with Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror as a PC game, it would probably be better suited as a mobile game.

Developer

Glitchy Pixel

Publisher

Glitchy Pixel

Genre

Horror

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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