10 Best PC Games With Pixel Art

Nostalgia can take different forms depending on the person. Either way, there’s something about pixel art games that can make even people who grew up with GameCubes or Xbox 360 nostalgic for a time of gaming they may never have truly had. lived. Pixel art is beautiful in its simplicity. You don’t have to worry about having the best possible PC to run them on. It’s so much more about feel than looks. And PCs have so many such games that you’re sure to never run out.

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Pixel art has quickly become the way to make a game timeless, but it manages to never feel dated. These games can be cute, funny and heartfelt, or grim, depressing and harsh. Sometimes they can be all at once. Pixel art provides the freedom to tell any story the developer wants to tell. You don’t always need high-fidelity textures to hit the heart. You just need the right words.


ten Always sometimes monsters

Always Sometimes Monsters is an RPG that opens with a flashback to a birthday party, where you choose your protagonist and their significant other. Like many RPGs, Always Sometimes Monsters focuses heavily on player choice and consequence. There is no supernatural angle in this game; it’s just a very dramatic personal tale where you will become very aware of how your actions affect those around you. Whether you like it or not, sometimes you’re someone’s freak, and there’s no turning back.

9 protea

Sometimes you just want a game that doesn’t expect anything from you. Proteus has no plot, no goals, and you don’t even really interact with anything. You simply walk around a procedurally generated island and discover the beauty of this isolated existence, in the nature that surrounds you – each step is punctuated by dynamic music that changes according to your surroundings.

No two walks are the same in Proteus, and your only motivation is the desire to keep going, to keep discovering the world and finding peace. It is both infinite and limited, familiar yet new. So if you’re looking for a moment of peace after a hard day, Proteus is here for you.

8 Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is one of the most popular pixel art games for a reason; it’s a lush world full of characters you’re going to love. After a long day, coming home to your Stardew Valley farm is the perfect way to unwind and reset. Not that all is always calm and happy in Pelican Town – you’ll find that your sprite neighbors have their fair share of realistic problems, problems that don’t go away just because you once helped them. You have to find a beating heart in Stardew Valley on your own.

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Still, it’s impossible to ignore just how soothing Stardew Valley can be. With its incredible soundtrack, numerous locations, and flexible schedule, it’s not hard to get lost in the magic of the game.

seven Celestial

Some games indulge in emotional beats. Celeste is not one of them. Putting you in control of a young woman named Madeline who has decided to climb the eponymous mountain, Celeste, this platformer deftly weaves its emotional core into its intricate gameplay. It’s a game about trying, over and over, no matter how many times you fail. As Madeline climbs Celeste, you’ll find yourself growing with her as she becomes more capable with each level. You and Madeline are together.

Of course, Celeste is also amazing to watch, offers fun and challenging gameplay, and has a score that can bring tears to your eyes moments after making your heart soar. There are many pixel art platformers out there, but if you want to pick one to play right now, choose Celeste.

6 Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami breathes neon pixels and speaks only over grimy synth beats. In it, you play as a nameless man who rages against the crowd, and you follow him as he begins to lose his grip on the world. Hotline Miami is violent, unsettling, and very surreal, and it owes a lot of that surreal nature to its use of pixel art. There are just some things hyperrealism just can’t represent, and Hotline Miami understands that.

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There’s a lot to like about Hotline Miami if you can handle the violence. The synth’s soundtrack is iconic, the gameplay is smooth and fast-paced, and it manages to tell an intriguing story. In the years since its release, Hotline Miami has proven why it’s a modern classic.

5 Deltarune

Deltarune, perhaps the sort of sequel to Undertale, has all the charm of its predecessor, just more polished. It’s more reminiscent of older JRPGs from the Super Nintendo era, especially when it comes to the turn-based combat sequences. Deltarune improves on its predecessor in almost every technical area, though it’s unclear if it’s going to shake up the world like Undertale did.

Regardless of how it compares to Toby Fox’s first game, Deltarune is fun, heartfelt, and challenging. While Undertale wasn’t shy about portraying dark themes even in pacifist runs, Deltarune fully embraces the dark side of its story. And it’s free, so there’s no excuse not to try.

4 Lisa

Lisa is a difficult game in many ways. A brutal story of trauma and post-apocalypse, Lisa puts you in control of Brad, a middle-aged man who has become guardian to the last surviving girl on earth, Buddy. While Brad isn’t the first video game character to deconstruct the concepts of paternal protection and violent masculinity, Lisa doesn’t shy away from having you face the reality of Brad and your actions.

Lisa is a game about dealing with generational pain, abuse, and trauma, held together by its solid setting and intense character work. It forces you to sacrifice yourself and your party to achieve your goals, and it never stops. Lisa is not for the faint of heart, but well worth your time.

3 To the east

Eastward has a distinct Legend of Zelda feel, which makes her instantly familiar to anyone who’s ventured into 2D Hyrule before. Armed with a frying pan, your main character John and his surrogate daughter Sam will travel through their underground home to the surface world and face obstacles, and the question of where Sam came from first. venue.

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The art is gorgeous, still maintaining that nostalgic aesthetic while being smoother and more true to life. With its fun and likable characters, just-challenging puzzles, and dynamic world, Eastward is the perfect game for a Zelda fan who wants to get into something with a more modern but still whimsical setting.

2 Subtitle

If there’s one game that’s begging you to go out and tell every one of your friends to play it, it’s Undertale. With its incredible art direction, lovable characters, and beautiful music, Undertale has never struggled to stand out. With an accessible and unique style, it is infinitely endearing. But, of course, there’s so much more to it than meets the surface – Undertale can cut deep when it wants.

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There’s a reason Undertale became such a phenomenon upon release, and it has lost none of its shine. If you’ve somehow avoided the plot details of Undertale and have never played the game before, this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. You’ll be glad you did.

1 papers please

Papers Please is unlike any game you’ve ever played. It immerses you in one of the most infamously satisfying tasks: being an efficient government bureaucrat. You work on the border of the Arstotzka nation, which closely resembles the Eastern Bloc in the 1980s, and all you do is make sure those crossing the border have all their papers in order. Meanwhile, your family’s survival hangs in the balance.

Every day, you are confronted with new rules: identity cards, work permits, entry tickets which quickly become entry permits. Still, there’s an uncanny delight in doing mundane tasks well, though you may have to compromise your morals to succeed. The game’s dreary colors and stilted movements make you feel trapped in a soul-sucking monotony.

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