Pixel Boy and the ever expanding dungeon is an Action-RPG Shoot-em-up with dynamically generated stages across twenty levels and four acts each with an epic boss. Players can stack and combine power ups into over 6000 different powerful weapons as well as craft custom armours to overcome the dangers of the dungeon.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (121 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 2014

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February 24

Pixel Boy v1.13 Patch Notes (02-24-2015)

These are the latest fixes and changes to Pixel Boy. Thanks to the community for their support.

**** CHANGES / FIXES ****
•The following achievements have been recoded and double check to now work:

  • Key Master
  • Crammed Keychain
  • Treasure Trump
  • Baller
  • Shot Caller
  • Surfing Like Scrooge
•The unusual frame rate issues have been addressed.
•Resolution Dialog Box has been restored for the time being
•Resolutions changes made in the options menu will now take effect when leaving the options menu.
•The Hardcore score is now correctly being recorded.

If you find more issues or there are any inconsistencies please email us at info@giantboxgames.com or post on the forums.

Thanks for the patience and support.

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February 8

Pixel Boy v1.12a (02-08-2015)

These are the latest fixes and changes to Pixel Boy. Thanks to the community for their support.

**** CHANGES / FIXES ****
•Now allow players to hold 'ALT' when launching the game (before it opens) to open the resolution dialog in case of video/resolution problems. This also seems to give access to some incredibly complicated Input menu that we are looking into and will sort out in a later update hopefully :)
•Fixed some rare Linux on-launch issues preventing users from properly opening the game
•Made several graphical fixes throughout the game
•Addressed several Keyboard / Controller bugs
•Fixed many other small bugs reported to us by players, thanks :)

If you find more issues or there are any inconsistencies please email us at info@giantboxgames.com or post on the forums.

Thanks for the patience and support.

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Reviews

“if your youth was spent training your fingers by dodging bullets and frantically firing weapons at foes in games like Xenon II, Galaga, Metroid and others, you’ll love what Pixel Boy has to offer”
8.6/10 – htxt.africa

“a surefire win for fans of the roguelike genre”
4/5 – Twinfinite

“The art design is fabulous, in that it slightly modernized the 8-bit theme, then puked neon all over it”
GamerTell "A" – Technology Tell

About This Game


Pixel Boy is an Action-RPG Shoot-em-up with dynamically generated stages across four acts each with an epic boss finale. Players can craft custom armours as well as stack and combine power ups into over 6000 different powerful weapons to overcome the dangers of the dungeon.

NOW FEATURING CONTROLLER SUPPORT AND A BRAND NEW SURVIVAL MODE!


  • Four uniquely themed acts each with dynamically generated dungeon levels within.
  • Epic Boss Battles at the end of each act with unique mechanics and challenges
  • Many different Combine-able and Stack-able Weapons and Power ups for OVER 6000!!! unique combinations
  • Crafting system with five types of armour each with several tiered levels that have different effects and powers
  • Character leveling with customize-able builds across several base stats
  • Multiple Vendors and shops to purchase better items, power ups, and equipment
  • A wide variety of enemies with unique combat approaches
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Survival Mode
  • Controller Support


Pixel Boy features an awesome electronic original soundtrack composed entirely by popular and talented French artist Pyramid.

Pick up the soundtrack today!
http://0pyramid0.bandcamp.com/album/pixel-boy-ost



Help Pixel Boy on his arduous journey to become the Hero of Resolutia and this year’s Dungeon Runner’s World Champion!



Pixel Boy is a dungeon crawling top down Action Shooter. You control Pixel Boy and enter the randomly generated dungeons below the town of Resolutia. There are four acts in total, each with a powerful boss at their climax. Every dungeon is filled to the brim with aggressive and deadly enemies. As Pixel Boy you will encounter swarms of giant ants, packs of snapping dogs and even lethal dungeon birds. To help Pixel Boy bear this burden there are many tools at your disposal. Various pixel powerups can be found or purchased to help Pixel Boy overcome the treacherous dungeons beneath Resolutia.

Spreadshot, Shields, Splitshot, Heat seekers, Critical Strike Modifiers, Time Stoppers and much more are available. Three pixel powers can be equipped at a time and are stackable AND combinable so that Pixel Boy can find the best combination of over 6000 powers to defeat his adversaries most efficiently.

Various types and tiers of armours can be crafted by obtaining the appropriate armour orbs dropped within the dungeons depths. Each piece of armour has different effects, abilities and levels of power dependent on its tier and orbs used to create it.

Throughout the dungeon Pixel Boy may encounter a variety of randomly generated unique rooms. Make sure Pixel Boy pockets any keys he finds, as treasure rooms have chests that are always locked to protect their secrets. Be wary every time Pixel Boy moves from room to room, as simply entering a room could trigger a dangerous trap; locking him in the room until every monster has been defeated within. Pixel Boy should also pay close attention to torches as they could lead the way to secrets and treasures. Collect all the coins Pixel Boy finds and spend them on items, powerups and armour at the shops back in town.


  • PC
  • Mac
  • Linux


We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone that has supported us along our journey in the development of Pixel Boy, you all kick butt and have made it super worthwhile. If you would like to follow us or discuss anything Pixel Boy related, feel free to visit our site, twitter, and like us on Facebook. Please don't hesitate to let us know about a bug, error, exploit or heck, even just something you dislike, we are always listening.

We hope to be able to continue to update the game and add features continually after release, free of charge of course.
So don't hesitate to send your suggestions and ideas.

Giant Box Games
http://pixelboygame.com
http://www.facebook.com/pixelboygame
Twitter - @TeamPixelBoy

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP +
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256mb at least and nothing over... let's say, five years old.
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: It shouldn't be too much of a feat to run Pixel Boy, but if you are trying to play on a modded refrigerator, purchase at your own risk.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: The newest of the new is obviously recommended. How much of a difference it will make, well of that we're not sure.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE32 or Tandy 1000
    • Additional Notes: If these specs don't play it, there is probably something wrong with your computer, or you. Also, the sound card was a joke, sorry, bad taste to all those that are still holding out for the Sound Cards triumphant mainstream return.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.5+
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256mb at least and nothing over... let's say, five years old.
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most 32-bit and 64-bit Linux OS
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256mb at least and nothing over... let's say, five years old.
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
96 of 99 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Good:
+ lets me find my own way to beat it -> I feel clever (Although I suspect the authors did not intend this but left holes in their game design instead)
+ lets me shoot my own bullet hell (But see below!)
+ very effective character stats system (Health, damage, range, etc. - all have direct influence. No overhead-layer with "strength, dexterity, endurance,...")
+ the music
+ not too easy and enough health points to not be too frustrating (your mileage my vary)

Bad:
- NO expanding dungeon! (Did normal mode in ONE DAY) You only get: 4 acts. Each has: 4 maps + 1 boss map.
- Procedurally generated? Big words for merely swapping around the same rooms.
- very limited monster variety
- boring level graphics - although that's the smallest of the problems for me.
- broken ammunition / weapon design

The ammunition rules in this game effectively kill most of the fun you could have had with the advertised weapon system:
- Die in normal mode: lose all weapons !
- Empty your ammo -> lose your current weapon !
- Ammunition *as loot* drops only in ineffective doses

It is not easy to maintan armor repair costs with the loot money. But ammunition cost?! Even if I dedicate all my money to ammunition...
- I can only buy ammo in town
- I can only go to town before starting the next map
- I can only fill up the (250 shot) magazine of the weapon.
Effectively I had to use the boring one-shot default weapon most of the time because it has unlimited ammo. And only use the cool weapons sparingly. Switching these weapons on and off was an additional annoyance. (HOTKEY?!) Did I mention you lose ALL weapons when you die? I feel betrayed by the ads promising me to shoot one gorgeous pixel wave after another.

The game design also has other very rough edges. Example: Shooting the containers standing around all over the maps takes multiple shots on most containers. So I stood and fired and waited until they broke - this filled at least 25% of all time I played this game. Very annoying. Although I carried neither armor nor upgraded weapon for a long time to save money, I still needed the money from many of the containers. So why not let all of the containers break on first bullet? It would then turn around the experience and be fun instead - to see all the environment break under my bullets fast and easy. (By the way: More damage does NOT make them break faster. In later levels you even get containers that need MORE shots. FACEPALM! I suspect very short sighted game design here: "These containers look more robust, so I decide they break after 4 shots instead of 3.")

All that said - I DO like the game.

But I made it my mission to warn you and tell the truth - which the ads DO NOT.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
This game is super fun. I definetely recommend this game, Worth the $10 and it's currently even on sale for $4 so pick this game up!

- Art Style is very nice
- Music is awesome, i enjoyed the music in this game. In most games with such game play i usually mute the music but not in this, it's pretty upbeat and enjoyable
- RPG elements with shoot em up gameplay mechanics? Yes please!
- Some funny stuff thrown in there too
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
This is more of a casual game, in the sense that dungeons can be completed in a short amount of time. Still, I ended up becoming addicted after the first few minutes. The powerup combos are a really big plus, since you can customise your attack as you like. The graphics are interesting and different, which is appreciated. Loved it.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Pros:
-Cool graphics
-Awesome music
-Fun and interesting powerup combinations

Cons:
-Buggy AI sometimes
-Repetitive

Would recommend and suggest considering it when on sale.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I like this game for many reasons and I will state them now. One: I love the graphical feel of it and even though it has a lot of vibrant lights and colors there isn't much in the way of power needed to run the game. Two: The weapon system is a very cool and new thing to me. I have seen some things similar but I have not seen something quite like this. Three: I like that it has the feel of a hack and slash game yet it has no real hack nor does it have slash. I like this game but the game play can become stale and that is a very common thing with this kind of indie came. I would like to see this game become a starting point for new developers but I can't say this game is revolutionary. I can play it for some time, but I end up becoming bored after playing for more than 45 minutes. I would give this game a 3 OUT OF 5 stars because it just can't give me the feel that I can get fro, some of my personal favorite games in this genre like Diablo III or Some other AAA games that can pull me in and always make me want to improve my skill with random armor and other things like that. So my main verdict about this game is that it needs more to pull me and any other players into the game for any sort of time.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Pixel Boy and the Ever Expanding Dungeon. I have fallen in love. Litterally. I started playing this game after adding Nickervision on steam. 500+ hours play time. So I thought I would give it a shot, and damn good! Cheap for what it is! And Nickervision (Nick I guess his name is) is very active on steam, testing and developing the game, getting suggestions and even asking me what should be added! I've never been good at this type of thing but this game is so good! Randomized everything! Mobs, floors and more! Buy please! They deserve it!!

Reminds me of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon a bit, but more randomixed and not Pokémon
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
The premise of this game is great: a twin stick shooter with combinable / craftable powerups and armor, and RPG lite character leveling.

Originally, there were some balance related issues that I felt detracted from the fun too much for me to recommend the game (limited ammo on powerups combined with bugs that required more ammo to break crates and the amount of gold you could earn per level compared to what it would cost to get back all those cool powerups when they ran out) but recent changes have addressed those concerns, and the addition of controller support improved the experience even more!

There are still some minor bugs to be squashed, but overall the game is fun, and the developers are very actively engaged in listening to user feedback and fixing issues they report!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
just... just too damn fun while being delightfully difficult (maybe it's just me) another great rogue-like to go along with Rogue Legacy. The pixel construction mechanic is sweet with some pretty ridiculously cool combinations. Great soundtrack that gets (pleasantly) stuck in my head and drags me back in to dungeon crawl again.
Hands down the best part though is the narration at the beginning of every level, really adds a touch of zazz that any nerd can love.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Fun game with interesting mechanics. Really enjoyed the music and weapon combos!
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
a neat shooter rpg with cool music and lots of upgrading and customization fun. Pretty challenging so far, but im enjoying it.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Split shot + Spread Shot + Heat seekers = THUMBS UP!
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
The best part of the powerup combinations is when it gets completely out of hand and ridiculous. I'd recommend this considering how little it costs.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
This is a fun RPG adventure! It is filled with action and loot! Have fun playing it because it's awesome!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Amazingly fun game to play. Love the top down style gameplay and the graphics have a great feel to them and take me back to some of the older games I've played. Great nostalgia factor mixed with a modern twist. The developer really did a good job and thought out what would make a worthwhile game. Two thumbs up!
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Awesome, love the colors and the power ups. Can't wait for the survival update!
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
Did I just create a 3x spread shot + heat seeking pixels? Yes, yes I did. Lots of fun.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Game is good and dev jumped right up to help when I posted my Original review , game is saving perfectly now , game is pretty fun from what I have been able to play of it and now I can get even farther :D thanks again,
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
It won't let me use the WASD keys what do I do?!?!?!?!?!?!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Worth if you get it on sale
Fun game
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
A randomly generated dungeon crawler with nice music and a lot of power-ups to play with and leveling up sistem. Good game to pass an hour or two of your free time.

Some good casual fun.
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