New Pix the Cat video shows frenetic multiplayer on PS4

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New Pix the Cat video shows frenetic multiplayer on PS4

Full details on Pastagames’ manic couch-multiplayer Arena Mode

Hi folks, my name is Nadim and I do game design at Pastagames. We are releasing Pix the Cat on PS4 and PS Vita (with Cross-Buy) in early October and we have a new game mode exclusive for PS4 players: the ARENA!

Call me old-school but the most outrageous fun I have when playing games is with friends, at home, facing the same screen, hearing laughter or frustration after a quirky situation. I grew up with Bomberman and am still playing Towerfall just to enjoy shoving my buddy’s controller away when he’s winning or whining too much!

We’ve been wanting to make a nervy, rewarding couch-multiplayer game for years at Pastagames and Pix the Cat turned out to be the best opportunity to satisfy this multiplayer urge!

In the ARCADE Mode, you control a restless cat in a dimensional maze. You collect ducklings that line up in a tail behind you – and then deliver them on targets to open the gates of the next level.

The core Pix gameplay sets solid grounds for a feisty ARENA brawl! So we added three other cats to make a party of (up to) four players that fight to be the last PixBot standing.

You will collect ammo-eggs that make your tail longer (and slow you down) and then use them to destroy your opponents. Three egg-types grant you different weapons: the white stun-shots, the green proxy-mines and the purple amok-rockets.

You can also choose to consume your ammo-eggs for a continuous “Dash” to ram through your opponents. Dashing is colorblind and will burn through purple, green and white ammo-eggs alike.

Find your own style to go with each of the seven Arenas – they cater to all! From Trap-Tsar to Lean Mean Missile Launching Machine, through the Insta-Head-First-Rusher without forgetting the Unstoppable Dash Train, every strategy has its place… and its score screen medal!

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Don’t underestimate the power of white eggs and minimalistic strategy. Collecting a lot of ammo is not always wise. A carefully timed stun shot followed up with a tiny-one-egg-dash can be extremely effective!

Some of the Arenas feature nested sub-levels you can hide in to avoid oncomers. Or use them to change battle-grounds if you think it is to your advantage. The warps can be your saving grace! But watch out, as soon as all PixBots are in the same dimension, the camera will zoom down, closing warps on its way!

If you’re having a three or four player party, killed PixBots will come back to life as ghosts! This way, you never stop playing… because if a ghost hits a live PixBot, they’ll switch, one coming back to life as the other fades away into a grudgeful ghost!

Ghosts may not be speedy but they pack a punch! If you or your ammo-tail gets caught you’ll regret it! Don’t try shooting them either, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise!

There’s too much to say on the many strategies and tricks to adopt in order to win with the various setups and settings you go about in the ARENA… So you’ll have to find your own! Please do share them if you’ve invented new ones!

It’s the first time at Pastagames that we stay afterhours and fight for a controller to play a game we’ve being working on for ages! We hope you’ll take as much pleasure blasting your friends away as we did in making this mode!

Pix the Cat – ARENA is a local multiplayer combat game mode. It’s friendly and beastly, hectic and strategic. It’s very simple to tame and have fun with, even when playing with experienced players but if you stick with it you’ll find many levels of hidden depths – pun intended – waiting to be explored.

So dash on fellow PixBots!

Find us @pastagames and @nadimpasta

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  • Hah! Wilhelm Scream!

    Did not expect the rock music, haha. It looks pretty cool, especially the slow motion moment before a player dies, reminds me of the Pacman PSN game.

    • You’ll find many takes on the SCREAM in the full game: the meow-Wilhelm, the speleo-scream, the lord-doom version… and many others! We are big Wilhelm scream fans ;)

      Thanks very much for the Pacman comparison \o/ there are indeed some similarities.

    • I don’t think I saw it in the video, but are there dynamic arenas with stage hazards too? Like, where parts of the stage suddenly change; floors turning into death traps/edges closing in etc.

    • Yes and No.

      We wanted to make sure that when you win, it is because YOU have won, and not because others have lost. So we took away the enviromnent traps.

      The only “hazard” is when all PixBots enter a nested level and the warps close behind them, the camera zooms in, forcing the fight on other grounds.

  • Looking awesome guys, love the rocking guitar.

  • Shame it’s a PS4-only feature — it looks so good, this Vita player is a little jealous! ;)

    Anyhow, I’ve been counting the minutes till this game ever since it was announced, and everything we get so see just makes me even more psyched for it. Day-one purchase for sure.

    • The Vita version has such crisp graphics and controls on the other modes that you need not be jealous!!!

      The game has cross-buy support so you’ll get a PS4 version in case you buy one someday!
      See you in the Grid of Infinity next month and Merci Beaucoup for your patience ^^

  • Early October you say? I guess this will be the new PS+ offering this month… Almost a year with no retail games for PS4, not even Killzone or Knack!

  • Some of us are old and live far away from our friends (if any even played games, that is!) Please consider online multiplayer? This looks like a lot of fun! :)

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