Got a spare fiver? Own a PlayStation 3? Looking for a great game to occupy your time? Then this is the review for you: PixelJunk Eden, a game available only on the Playstation Network!
Available for a mere $10 on the PlayStation Network, PixelJunk Eden is a welcome addition to the PS3's growing library of exclusive downloadable games. It's as easy to pick up and play as the original Mario, but offers enough depth and strategy for the high-score junkies to appreciate. What's unfortunate, however, is that the game's initial charm, which so easily captivated me, dies off rather quickly.
That's too bad because PixelJunk Eden is a completely original and creative title that had a lot of potential. You play as a tiny elephant-spider with the ability to spin a silk line that you can use to latch onto flower petals. With your spider-like powers, you must defeat Pollen Prowler enemies who explode into pollen that pollinates nearby flower seeds; the flower seeds then grow into beanstalks which gives you access to the upper reaches of the levels where "Spectra" orbs can be reached. There are five Spectra orbs per level, or "Gardens" as they're called in the game, and you have to collect them in order to proceed.
It's an interesting concept and it was fun in the beginning, but after playing for a while, I found myself growing bored with the simplistic, repetitive gameplay. It doesn't help that each Spectra orb has to be collected one at a time either. This means you are forced to revisit each garden five times in order to get a 100 percent completion ranking. In addition, climbing the beanstalks of PixelJunk Eden is not as easy as it sounds, especially in the later levels.
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Still, PixelJunk Eden is a beautiful and mesmerizing title that warrants a look. It can't top the cream of the current crop of downloadable PSN games such as Super Stardust HD, PixelJunk Monsters, and Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection Online, but it certainly holds its weight if you're looking to kill a few hours on a lazy Sunday.