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Paul Pixel - The Awakening

By Xoron GmbH

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An ordinary guy forced to defend the world from an alien invasion of infectious zombies. A point-and-click adventure with beautiful pixel art and bombastic retro sound.

"It looks great, it controls wonderfully, and it's got a cheeky sense of humor" - Pocket Gamer: 8/10

Featured in App Store section "New Games We Love".

The Gameplay

Gameplay is similar to old games like Maniac Mansion, Zac McKraken, Beneath A Steel Sky and Monkey Island, but the game has a unique interface that is optimized for touch. Unlike most other point-and-click adventures the player actually holds the current item in his hand.

The Graphics

All handcrafted pixel art.

The Music

All game music only uses original Commodore C64 SID chip sounds, but polyphonic and with professional effects. The main theme of the Paul Pixel game was composed by the Pixel Lover Orchestra and is called "They Want To Get Us". Other chiptune highlights are "The Awakening" by the underground duo Retro Arcade Boys and "The Giant Meteor" by 8-Bit Factory.

The Story

An average guy called Paul Pixel discovers that the part of the city where he lives was put in quarantine. Apparently there has been a zombie outbreak. He needs to get out...

Of course, a short time later he needs to save the whole earth from this zombie apocalypse.

Playtime: 2.5 - 3 hours

Supported Languages

English, German

What's New in Version 1.2

Fixes regression bugs from version 1.1.


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Customer Reviews

Retro Fun!

The story, the gameplay, the graphics and the music all joyfully bring back to life a simpler computer gaming time.

The best moments are when you get stuck and think of something new to try; you quickly go back to the game that is in your pocket and get rewarded with a little bit more of the story when you are successful.

Fun and surprisingly engaging adventure

It's simplistic in style but fun to explore and solve the zombie dilemma. A few challenges are sprinkled in there to keep you thinking. The interface can be clunky and it's hard to tell (or remember) what the inventory items are but that will only slightly slow you down. To the developers: was that a Carol Burnett reference towards the end? I sure hope so.


Paul pixel is very basic and short, with low replay value. And don't expect a challenge. The dialogue wants to be clever, but it ends up being very trite. Also, some of the items you pick up will be hard to identify in your inventory because the shapes aren't always clear. But, the game is called Paul Pixel for a reason. If you have time to spare, you could probably knock this out in a hour or so. This game definitely has that old school pixel vibe, but nostalgia isn't enough to make it great.

Paul Pixel - The Awakening
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 107 MB
  • Languages: English, German
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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