PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe Review
PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe box art
System: PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Q Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SONY 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 1, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

In addition to all the new content, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe has also improved upon the challenge mode by adding an all-new Medal Challenge mode (as a substitute for the Trophy challenges on the PS3). Medals for levels can be unlocked after a certain number have been cleared, and challenges can include everything from the way you use your in-game currency to the way you defeat end-level bosses. The Medal Challenges gives this game (which already has a very high level of replayability) even more longevity.

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Though much has changed for PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe, a lot has stayed the same as well. The visuals are on par with the PlayStation 3 version of the game, and everything still looks very crisp, and the animations are as solid as ever. The only real difference in the visuals between the PlayStation 3 version and the PSP version is the way that you view the map. On the PS3, the map is fixed, but on the PSP's smaller screen, the map is too big, so occasionally the map will zoom in to certain areas automatically to show you where an enemy is approaching. Although this is a necessary change, it can sometimes be annoying when your character is on one side and enemies are on the others and your little guy disappears when the camera zooms in on the monsters. Still, this only happens occasionally, and a quick press of the left trigger zooms everything out again and refocuses the camera.

The sound in PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe also is very similar to the sound in prior titles, with the soundtrack for the previous levels and menu still featuring the same Otograph tunes. However, the new levels feature new tunes by Otograph, which are equally enjoyable to listen to and certainly match the level of the old score. I have always been a fan of the music in PixelJunk Monsters, and the new tunes just add to the enjoyable auditory experience.

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If you are a fan of PixelJunk Monsters, the Deluxe edition has more than enough new content to justify another download. Between the new maps, new towers, and the online capabilities, there is plenty of new content and features for diehard fans to experience in this new version. If you haven't experienced PixelJunk Monsters yet, it represents the best tower defense title this generation, and the Deluxe edition is definitely the one to get! Either way, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe is a considerable upgrade over its predecessors and begs to be downloaded.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.4
Graphics
Graphics look just as good on the PSP as they did on the PS3. Although the screen sometimes has to adjust itself to fit the entire board, it is not terribly noticeable.
4.6
Control
Controls are identical to the PS3's, which are very simplistic.
4.1
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music is again provided by Otograph, whose surreal soundtrack has become one of the game's hallmarks.
4.9
Play Value
With all of the content of the PS3 releases, new challenge modes, towers, maps, and online modes, this is the most complete version of PixelJunk Monsters to date and has endless replayability.
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Visual Appeal on the PSP system - PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe features a unique hand-drawn art style - the same great visual quality as seen on the PS3 system.
  • Content Galore - Includes the original PuxelJunk Monsters and PixelJunk Monsters Encore is included in the package as an add-on bonus for PixelJunk fans!
  • New Towers and Enemies - The PSP version includes two new towers, a brand new enemy and special boss. Mixing these new elements, original stages can be played again with a fresh feel.
  • Medal Challenge - With the Medal Challenge feature, players get rewarded with medals as they play. Medals won through playing can be used to unlock bonus content such as videos, artwork and more.
  • Co-Op Play - Co-op play available with two PSP systems locally and online via Ad-hoc & Infrastructure modes.
  • New Music - Features brand new tracks composed by Kyoto, Japan's Otograph. Combined with the original score, the PSP version includes more than 20 tracks.


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