Parents' Guide to

PixelJunk Eden

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever but challenging game is a treat for players' senses.

Game PlayStation 3 2008
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PixelJunk Eden is a visually and aurally sumptuous interactive experience that will challenge your conception of what video game design can be. Its simple artistic style, which paints all plants and rocks the same solid shade and places them over a background composed of hues from the same color family, is proof that even in this age of high-tech graphical wizardry, less can be more. The same can be said of the game itself, which does little more than allow us to play with gravity as it affects the swinging movements of a tiny bug and is yet somehow extraordinarily satisfying.

The only thing keeping players from getting completely absorbed in PixelJunk Eden's beautiful world is a relentless timer that, unfortunately, will prove vexing for players who'd rather take their time exploring the game's unique environments and mechanics. It's not much of an issue in earlier levels, which see spectra placed in accessible locations and provide plenty of places for grimps to find purchase, but is in the later gardens where spectra can seen almost impossibly high and can be lost with just a single mistake. Indeed, patience is a virtue while playing PixelJunk Eden. But should you or your kids happen to have this quality, you'll likely find this smart and stylish game to be one of the best downloadable titles around.

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