Pixel Piracy “Redlight, Greenlight?” Review
Type of Game:
RPG Pirate Simulation with heavy PDL (Procedural Death Labyrinth) elements
PC version through Steam
A mixture of Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Rogue Legacy, and to a lesser degree Terraria
- The pirate-themed survival aspect is riveting and keeps the player motivated to continue, much like the a fore-mentioned Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- The light level of beginning customization is a welcome addition and can lend to the player’s attachment to his doomed pirate
- Proper planning is key to survival, which creates an enjoyable experience around the idea of trial and error
- Learning all the different skills and items is fun in its own right, but also a necessary means of progression
- Procedurally generated maps/islands that feature random enemies, loot, vendors, and interactive items
- Level progression is deep and really appeals to those who love to ponder statistical advantages (i.e. “Do I use this skill book on this pirate and then boost his health amount or just massively boost this pirate’s attack?”)
- Collecting a crew and assigning them tasks is enjoyable
- Building and upgrading your ship is intuitive and builds upon ideas already done by games like Terraria
- The permadeath feature adds a fun sense of urgency and stresses the importance of preparation and planning
- Bugs are still an issue, but the developers are consistently pushing out updates that correct the high priority ones
- The animations are pretty minimal and don’t really help in the immersion department (think early South Park)
- Sound design is also basic, but the island tunes reminded me of the first Secret of Monkey Island game so there is that!
- A more comprehensive tutorial would benefit the player’s early moments in the game
Can you play it while the children are awake?:
Sure. Most of the graphics and animations are pixelated, which covers up most of the violence. My children enjoyed hearing the pooping noises the pirates made after eating.
Did I make time to complete it?
This appears to be a game that doesn’t have a definitive ending (though I may be wrong). I played numerous pirates and “survived” for quite a long time with some of them. The playthroughs were all enjoyable regardless of their length.
Redlight or Greenlight?
This game is currently at a greenlight.
To be honest I’ve played some “completed” games that haven’t been this polished or fun. While the game has its bugs, the gameplay completely out weighs them. As a fan of the PDL genre, I recommend this game wholeheartedly.
Posted on March 31, 2014, in Redlight, Greenlight? and tagged action, building, crafting, PC, pc game, pc games, pc gaming, pixel piracy, RPG, Steam, Video Game, video games, Video Gaming. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.