This won't read like a Thumbs up review, but there is no maybe button.
First, a disclaimer. I have been looking for a Twin stick shooter rpg for ages. This almost fills the void.
The controls are solid. The character responds well to commands.
The music is pretty fantastic.
The graphics, while simple, are pretty well done. I love dem square trees.
You can feel pretty powerful.
The bullets (pixels) are incredibly glowy. After a few levels, it's just about all you can see. But it doesn't matter much because;
The game is waaaay too easy. Once you implement resource management and get a few upgraded equips, you neve run out of ammo. Which isn't even a complaint really, I hate ammo hunting, but when I can one shot an entire room and kill the final boss before I get a good look at him, things are a tad too easy.
The game is waaaaay too short. I put like 3 hours into it and it's done. Which is unfortunate, because I was a lot of fun,
The interface. It's not pretty, and doesn't offer a lot of information about what you're looking at. For example, if you're crafting and you want to know how much ammo one of your equips have, you have to leave the crafting table, open up your inventory, and equip the item. There are no tooltips, except to tell you what each item does (also not available while crafting). Some simple quality of life enhancements would make this game a TON better.
Small gripe, the monsters don't die as soon as they take a killing blow, and that can be frustrating. It's like, ok, he's dead, but he still got a hit on you after taking all that damage and oh look, now he explodes.
I like this game. I really do. I'm also glad I got it on sale, because at it's current state, I would have felt a tad dissapointed. I DID have fun with it, and I think a lot of people will, but it just doesnt feel complete.
The developer is being very active. There have already been a few updates that introduce new features, with more on the way. So if you can bare with it through some of it's growing pains, then I would say it's an absolute buy. Now get out there and shoot some pixels!
Gaming on Ubuntu 14.04. Pixel Boy runs great on it.