PixelJunk Monsters Encore Review
PixelJunk Monsters Encore box art
System: PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Q-Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Q-Games / Encore 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 8, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The look of the game remains largely the same, although there have been some technical improvements. There are new and improved weather effects, but these are only really noticeable during the arctic level. There are also some new tree designs from what I've heard, but I honestly did not notice them. The game still maintains the minimalist style of the original, and it still looks great.

PixelJunk Monsters Encore screenshot

PixelJunk Monsters Encore is one of the few expansion packs that actually offer a complete-feeling update. While many expansion packs feel tacked on or are content to offer more of the same, PixelJunk Monsters gives you more of the game you love without sacrificing fresh gameplay.

One could only hope there are even more PixelJunk Monsters expansion packs in the works because Encore only strengthened my PixelJunk Monsters addiction.


If you are a fan of PixelJunk Monsters, you owe it to yourself to pick up this worthwhile add-on. The gameplay still retains its charm, and chances are good that you'll fall in love all over again!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

Still looks great. Stylized graphics are as sharp as ever and though there are some technical improvements, the game still largely looks the same.
Controls are very easy to learn and require almost no effort.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
New soundtrack is very enjoyable to listen to
Play Value
Once you finish the maps, you're pretty much done, but it will definitely take you a good while to get there!
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • 1 new island, Toki Island
  • 15 new levels
  • 5 new music tracks from Otograph
  • Ice Tower is now a stock item
  • Reduced gem cost to buy the Tesla Tower
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p

  • Screenshots / Images
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