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Pixel Purge
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  Information
Link: Pixel Love
Developer Epic Shadow Entertainment
Released: September 7, 2010 (Newgrounds)
Featured: March 24, 2014
Platform Flash
Control scheme: Keyboard + Mouse
Data saved: High scores
Genre(s): Shooter
Website(s): Newgrounds, Armor Games

Pixel Purge is an endless shooter released on Newgrounds on September 7, 2010 by Epic Shadow Entertainment. It was featured on Pixel Love on March 24, 2014. The player controls a ship that has to defend the land of Pixela-RT from lawbreakers.

Controls

  • Move (left/right/up/down)
    • Left.png Right.png Up.png Down.png Arrow keys
    • A_key.png D_key.png W_key.png S_key.png ADWS letter keys
  • PC Mouse Mouse - Move to aim
  • PC Mouse Left Click Mouse left click - Fire bullets

Introduction

The game begins with an introductory sequence upon opening. A narrator speaks the prologue over the sounds of crashing thunder. A still picture is shown with some text that shows what the narrator is speaking. This sequence can be skipped by clicking on the screen or pressing space. It also starts again if the player leaves the titlescreen unattended for some period of time.

Text

The land of Pixela-RT was once a thriving place, and home to a peaceful race known as Pixels.

But where there is light, there must be darkness. Knowing this, the Pixels formed laws to keep this darkness at bay. These laws came to be known as The Pixel Integrity.

However, no law has ever come to be without meeting opposition. Not long ago, a rift was discovered, and through it poured darkness and those who would see the end of Pixela-RT.

But there are those who have risen to fight - a resistance to hold back the darkness.

The world of Pixels is in dark times. A purge is on the horizon...

Image

  • Intro scene 1
  • Intro scene 2
  • Intro scene 3
  • Intro scene 4

Gameplay

Pixel Purge sets players in one large arena, where they can move the ship freely. Enemies roam the area at the same time, some with varied behaviours. Using the mouse, players can destroy enemies and collect the pixels left behind to level up. Players also acquire skill points over time, and can bring up an upgrade menu to "spend" their skill points on powerups.

As the game progresses, enemies become larger in size and some will split into smaller enemies when destroyed. The game ends when the ship loses its health entirely, which brings up the player's final score.

Enemies

Enemies enter the level in constant waves. New enemies are introduced at the start of certain levels. Each enemy comes in different sizes of the same type, each dealing more damage than a smaller size. Larger enemies drop more pixels but have more health.

After defeating twenty of the same type, the enemy's description shows up in the bestiary, which can be accessed from the main menu. Names of the enemies are revealed once they appear in the game, but no other information is revealed at this point.

  • Peons - Green invaders that wander around the level freely.
  • Grunts - Purple invaders that track the ship's movement and follow it.
  • Splitters - Move diagonally; their larger counterparts divide into smaller versions of themselves when destroyed.
  • Fume - If the ship is too close to a fume, it explodes, firing pieces in four directions and usually damaging the ship.
  • Miner - Moves in a horizontal or vertical direction, dropping red mines as it goes along.
  • Waver - Moves faster than a peon with a wave-like pattern.
  • Vessel - When approached, it turns into a swarm of tiny grunts that chase the ship.
  • Shield - Moves around the ship in a circle trajectory and gradually closes in on it. It deals no damage but blocks the ship from shooting any bullets.
  • Seeker - Actively seeks the ship as a target in an attempt to strike it. If the ship dodges, they will target the ship again.

Powerups

Powerups appear randomly throughout the area and disappear if they have not been picked up.

  • Health - Appears as a red circle with a white cross in the middle; restores some of the ship's health.
  • Shield - Allows the ship to take one hit without losing any health.
  • Turbo mode - The ship can fire bullets at a rapid pace.
  • Extra bullets - The ship can fire with extra bullets.

Attributes

Pixelpurge-attributesscreen

The attributes screen. The options rotate clockwise until an option is hovered over.

Every time the player levels up, two skill points are attained. These skill points can be spent on attributes that upgrade the ship's attack, defense or score value. To bring up the upgrades screen, the player can press the spacebar at any time.

Each attribute purchased increases the next level's cost by one point. The maximum level an upgrade can reach is 5.

Attribute Purpose Effects
Regeneration Increases the speed at which health is regenerated Subtracts 0.5 seconds per level
Magnet Increases the range at which pixels are attracted to the ship Adds 16 m to the range per level
Rapid Fire Decreases the delay between constant shots 11% decrease per level
Fire Spread Increases the number of bullets that are fired from the ship. Adds one bullet per level.
Pixels Increases the amount of pixels that are dropped by defeated enemies. 20% increase per level
Points Increases the amount of points scored for defeating enemies. 20% increase per level
Piercing Gives a bullet the chance to travel through an enemy and hit anything else in its path. Probability increased by 4% per level
Critical Gives a bullet the chance to deal quadruple the amount of its normal damage. Probability increased by 4% per level.

Trophies

Pixelpurge-trophies

A complete collection of trophies

A gallery of trophies can be selected from the main menu. Any trophies the player has earned will be filled in and can be hovered over for more information about it. If the player receives all of one trophy type (ie. bronze, silver, gold or platinum), they are allowed to start the game with additional skill points.

By collecting all bronze trophies, the player can start with two additional skill points. If they collect all silver as well, three extra skill points are added, totaling to five. All gold trophies obtained adds four skill points, with nine total, and all platinum lets the player start with a total of fourteen skill points at the beginning of a new game.

Some trophies are awarded for earning all of one type of trophy. A gold star is given for players who collect every trophy in the game.

Trophy name Type Task
Chain*
Bronze Kill 25 enemies without getting hit
Silver Kill 100 enemies without getting hit
Gold Kill 500 enemies without getting hit
Platinum Kill 1000 enemies without getting hit
Terminator
Bronze Defeat 250 enemies in a single game
Silver Defeat 500 enemies in a single game
Gold Defeat 1000 enemies in a single game
Platinum Defeat 2500 enemies in a single game
Level Climber
Bronze Reach level 5
Silver Reach level 10
Gold Reach level 15
Platinum Reach level 20
Evasion Expert
Bronze Avoid getting hit for 30 seconds
Silver Avoid getting hit for 60 seconds
Gold Avoid getting hit for 90 seconds
Platinum Avoid getting hit for 120 seconds
Hardcore
Bronze Reach level 4 or greater without spending any skill points
Silver Reach level 6 or greater without spending any skill points
Gold Reach level 8 or greater without spending any skill points
Platinum Reach level 10 or greater without spending any skill points

*The type of trophy precedes the name, eg. "Gold Chain".

Gold only

Trophy name Type Task
Master of
Critical Maximize the level of the attribute
Piercing
Pixel Drop
Score Increase
Fire Rate
Fire Spread
Magnetism
Regeneration
Slayer of the
Peon King Defeat the largest type of the respective enemy.
Grunt King
Splitter King
Fume King
Miner King
Waver King
Vessel King
Shield King
Seeker King

Soundtrack

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Pixel Purge main theme

There is one background music track that plays during the game. The menu uses an ambient "storm"-like sound and the introduction is narrated by a female voice overtop the ambience.

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