10 Best Games with Pixel Art on PS4/PS5

Originally associated exclusively with older 8-bit and 16-bit games from the 80s and 90s, pixel art has become a deliberate stylistic choice in the modern years. Games that feature pixel art often go to great lengths to showcase the skills of the artists. Giving a nostalgic vibe to modern games, pixel art has gone from the simplistic visuals of Space Invaders to the visually complicated aesthetics of games like Hyper Light Drifter.

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Some artists have compared pixel art to embroidery or beadwork; they both involve manipulating very small units of color to create stunning images and both require a highly skilled person. In the past, pixel artists were hard to find. However, the growing popularity of the genre has grown into a much more massive community. For Playstation users, here are some games available for the PS4 and/or PS5 that are not only fun, but also feature amazing pixel art.

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Stardew Valley


Stardew Valley Fall Hedge Maze

It’s hard not to think of Stardew Valley when you hear “pixel art.” Its initial release may have been in 2016, but this evergreen indie game has remained relevant with a series of updates and additional content.

With new lands, new characters to meet, extra starter plots, and extra things to add to your farm, even seasoned farmers have a reason to come back to Pelican Town. This modern take on farming simulators like the Harvest Moon series isn’t just fun, but beautiful to look at (and listen to).

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Carrion


Scavenger Monster in Caves with Sign Reading Keep Calm and Carry On

Described by critics as a “reverse horror game”, Carrion puts you in the shoes (or rather the tentacles) of a strange monster. Your job is to make your way through the facility without being killed by humans and various traps. And, of course, you will have to feed yourself. Be careful – if humans find out you’re nearby, they’ll attack first.

As you progress through the game, you’ll piece together the origins of the monster you control and eventually uncover the truth behind the facility you’ve been trapped in.

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vampire survivors


Vampire Survivors Poe Tower Level

This indie shoot’em up will immediately have you asking “Where are all the vampires?” Despite the name, it looks like you’ll fight just about anything but vampires. Nonetheless, Vampire Survivors is an incredibly fun and deceptively simple roguelike.

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You’ll unlock an arsenal of weapons, new maps, upgrades, and special characters by researching the titular monsters. Try different combinations of abilities to transform your weapons into powerful armaments that will decimate waves of increasingly frenzied enemies. And be sure to come back from time to time; more content is released!

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Blasphemous


blasphemous character on the roofs of the archcathedral

Traverse the nightmarish world of Cvstodia and unlock its many secrets in Blasphemous, a hack-and-slack Metroidvania that takes some hints from Dark Souls and Roman Catholicism.

Your character, known only as The Penitent One, is a silent knight who is on a pilgrimage through this cursed land to find the Cradle of Affliction, but first he will have to complete the Three Humiliations to prove his worth. . You will need to master spellcasting and swordsmanship to progress through the difficult levels of Cvstodia.

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dead cells


Dead Cells Walk Bone & Whip

Dead Cells is a soulslike Metroidvania. Since its initial release in 2017, the game has grown exponentially as the developers have added lore, levels, and new weapons for your character, the mysterious prisoner, to wield as he traverses the island and discovers his secrets.

With a diverse set of gear, every run has the potential to be a little different. The storytelling is minimal but effective – slowly but surely you’ll uncover the sad story of what happened on the island and how its occupants were transformed (or killed) by a disease called Malaise.

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Celestial


Celeste Forsaken City spike climb

Celeste was originally developed in just four days during a game jam. The fully fleshed out version was released two years later by the original creators.

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The fictional Mount Celestial is the backdrop for this game, and you control Madeline, a climber who must contend with more than steep slopes as she tries to reach the top. This platform game is not only challenging, but also beautiful. From the Abandoned City to the Mirror Temple, you’ll have to help Madeline reach the top unscathed. By climbing, dashing and collecting items.

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Super Light Wanderer


Hyper Light Drifter Opening Cinematic Drifter Facing Monsters

Lead developer Alx Preston described Hyper Light Drifter as a combination of Zelda: A Link To The Past and Diablo. You’ll be playing as Drifter, who can use ancient technology that other inhabitants of this world have forgotten how to use – much like Aloy in Horizon.

Affected by a mysterious illness, the Drifter will have to face increasingly difficult monsters to achieve his goal. Hyper Light Drifter has been praised not only for its excellent gameplay, but also for having some of the most spectacular pixel art in recent memory.

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Undertale Froggit Tutorial

The slogan of Indie darling Undertale is: “The RPG game where you don’t have to destroy anyone!” You control a child who wanders by mistake in the kingdom of monsters under the ground. You will have to find your way back by crossing a magic barrier intended to separate the world of humans from the world of monsters.

Despite the tagline, there are multiple ways to play Undertale and multiple outcomes. With fun dialogue, critically acclaimed music, and an imaginative landscape, this game is worth playing more than once.

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Coffee talk


Coffee Talk Intro Cutscene Seattle 2020

In this visual novel from Indonesian studio Toge Productions, you run a cafe in a fantasy Seattle populated by elves, orcs, and other mythical creatures. You serve hot drinks and a caring ear to your customers, who will tell you their stories over time (with a little nudge from you, of course).

The game spans a two-week period, and each day functions as a thumbnail. This game focuses on storytelling rather than gameplay, but is nonetheless quite engaging. It’s reminiscent of the world of Shadowrun, but from the perspective of a lonely barista.

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Unpacking


Unboxing Step 1 1997 Childhood bedroom

Another narrative game, Unpacking tells its story not through dialogue, but boxes. You’ll play as a girl through different stages of her life, with each level divided into years: 1997, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018. Each of these years represents a significant change (literally) in the life of the protagonist.

At each step, you’ll help her unpack her things and move them to her new home. A sweet game with cute pixel art, Unpacking explores one of the most relevant adult experiences: moving.

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