Developer: Delicious Toys
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad, iPhone 3G

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★★
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

eBoy FixPix can be looked at in one of two ways – it can be looked at as a game, or it could be looked at as more of a way to interact and experience pieces of art. You’ll likely find more enjoyment out of this app if you look at it as the latter.

You are presented with a distorted picture, which you must fix to make the correct picture by tilting your device to make the picture correct. The game’s concept is far easier to understand once you see it in action, and get a feel for the way the distortions work, and how you are supposed to fix the pictures.

eBoy FixPix is essentially an entertaining way to get you to view the pixel art by the art collective eBoy, and this app features some fantastic albeit strange pieces by them, many of which that are worthy of being made wallpaper on your iPhone. Thankfully, you can take screenshots of much of the art, or just download them from a web page link given at the end of the game. The distortion effects are also impressively done, involving some complex parallax scrolling tricks and other creative effects applied to alter the pictures from their original form.

The problem is that many of the pictures have very subtle differences between them at best, and others have very distinct and obvious differences to “fix” them, and the 100 pictures available in the game don’t seem to have any sort of difficulty curve or logical progression to them; they just kind of come up in whatever order they were ordered in. The game also is very short and surprisingly easy overall – it will likely only take you an hour or so to solve all 100 pictures.

eBoy FixPix is at its heart a very simple game, and really more about the style than the substance. If you look at it as more of an interactive photo gallery for eBoy’s pixel art than as a game, you’ll likely get more enjoyment out of it than if you approach it as a game per se. As a game, there’s not much substance, but as an art collection that you get to play with, eBoy FixPix’s value shines. It’s worth a look for fans of pixel art.

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