Published on July 27th, 2013 | by Greenie860
PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD Review
Summary: Double Eleven havde done a great job in bringing the franchise to the PS Vita, Well worth the purchase
PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD is a smart thinking, strategic, tower-defense game. Read the review for this Vita title inside
If you enjoyed the PixelJunk Monsters games back on the PSP then you will pleased to play this compilation of all the different expansions, including pretty HD graphics on Vita’s beautiful screen, and some creative multiplayer portions. However, the steep learning curve and specific game style may not be for everyone.
The game, like other tower defence games, has you defended your base full of babies from an ever approaching army of monsters. Who eat babies. There are many different types of creatures to fight, from standard easy to pick off marching types, to heavy ground troops, to flying swarms… and every level ends with a bigger boss to take down.
You, as Tikiman, must earn coins and gems to build and upgrade towers that work better against certain enemies than others. There is a large amount of strategy needed to do well in this game, and don’t expect to do perfectly on your first time. In order to unlock a lot of the later levels and islands that the game is split up into, you need to finish a level perfectly which means to not lose a single baby to the monsters. Completing levels without losing any of your offspring gives you a rainbow for perfecting the level. Rainbows are extremely important as they work as the game’s unlocking mechanism so replaying levels to get a better score is mandatory.
Double Eleven, take a bow!
I mentioned the learning curve in PixelJunk Monsters, you have a lot of things to think about, even on the casual difficulty level! From what type of enemy is coming next, where is the best bottleneck to set up your towers and you are left thinking if you have enough gems to unlock an even stronger tower. If you enjoy games like Civilization and Command an Conquer and you are a strategic thinker, then this is for you,
The speed of the game is slower than what Fieldrunners is and the feel of PixelJunk Monsters is a little laid back, with the ambling monsters, serene island environment.That however does not mean that this lowers the intesnsity. You cannot just sit back and assume that your towers and defences are just fine for the next wave(one of my first mistakes) No, you must make constant adjustments. Tikiman doesn’t move very quickly, so if you need to get to the other side of the action then you had bette have a plan!
The HD overhaul looks sweet on the Vita’s OLED screen. Everything is done over in meticulous vibrant colors. The animations are nothing huge, as was in the original, but you don’t need to see much motion when hordes of creatures are stomping through the forest towards your babies. Some of the advanced weapons, like the Tesla Tower, have some colorful destruction powers, though, and it feels good to mow down a would-be bunch of baby munchers with a single lightning bolt.
This version of PixelJunk Monsters contains a ton of content. The levels are split into three islands. Tiki Island contains 21 levels, Gati Gati contains 11 and Toki Island contains a further 15. While playing the easier waves the later levels contain 20 so it will take you a seriously long time to see everything on offer and complete it 100%. Add to that the Tiki Hut which contains 24 challenges with specific criteria (such as completing levels without upgrading towers or by hoarding resources) and you have easily as much, if not more content than many full price titles that cost up to £40!
In terms of multiplayer game online or ad-hoc with a friend. There is a strong multiplayer aspect to the game. There is a lobby to wait and chat with people if you need to You can also just set up a quick room to play a level. Chatting is limited to text and also in game there are icons you can use to communicate with your fellow Tikiman, as there is no mic support for the game.
PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD is a fantastic port that looks and sounds beautiful and plays fanstastic. There was never any slowdown that I saw, controls are tight and surprisingly responsive and gameplay never gets tardy. If you’re up for a challenge you need look no further and Double Eleven, take a bow!