Pixel Ripped 1995 is a game created by Brazilian indie developers Ana Ribeiro and published by AR VR studio. It’s designed for the Oculus Quest 2, so you need to own one in order to play it. If not, then sit back and read about this amazing game!
The player plays Nicola, an elementary school student who has just purchased her very first handheld video game console; the Sony Walkman Game Player DMG-01 (the highest selling handheld of all time). After slotting in the game, which she quickly insists that she’ll call “Pix”, she starts playing while watching herself on TV (with three different channels to choose from) at home; but because the real world isn’t exciting enough, she starts sneaking in her own handheld console into school after she is given it in the game; in order to play in secret.
The core mechanic of this game is when Nicola goes to school, she puts away her Sony Walkman (VR Headset) and swaps places with R I S E, another character who appears on the screen; essentially switching between two realities. If you don’t switch fast enough, there are consequences; either by getting caught by teachers or fellow pupils – which usually results in a task that needs completing before resuming further gameplay.
Gameplay-wise, Pixel Ripped 1995 is just like any other 2D platformer game. It has all the elements you’d expect from one: running left/right, jumping over things and collecting coins. The difference with this game is that it mixes in elements from a different genre; the App Store’s most popular genre: the endless runner. So, instead of running left and right; you’re avoiding obstacles by moving up and down.
In terms of VR implementations, this is probably one of the best I’ve come across so far – not just for this particular headset, but for all VR headsets to date. This leaves me wondering whether PlayStation VR will have just as much gameplay potential as PC VR systems do at the moment. It utilizes things such as depth perception, giving players a unique take on a 2D platformer game.
The only major downside I encountered throughout my playthrough was some slowdown every now and then – which was mostly noticeable when Nicola needed to dash, either through the school halls or under obstacles; which sometimes created some rather irritating game-overs.
Overall, Pixel Ripped 1995 is an exhilarating experience that’s held back only by a few minor glitches and bugs throughout my playthrough. Any PlayStation VR owner should definitely give this a go as it’s nothing like anything else currently on the system. Try out as many games as you can – especially those made in Brazil!
I hope this article helped you gain insight into the game ‘Pixel Ripped 1995’. As I said, don’t copy my work verbatim – but feel free to use it as background knowledge for your own writing. Thank you for reading! 🙂 If