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PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe

Platform(s): PSP, PlayStation Vita
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Double Eleven
Release Date: July 30, 2013

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'PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD' (Vita) Gets Dated

by Rainier on July 18, 2013 @ 1:57 a.m. PDT

Inspired by the “tower defense” genre in PixelJunk Monsters, you control a defender-of-the-forest character in a lush 2D environment where you strategically defend the pathway of your home base from an onslaught of various threatening monsters.

PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe brings not only all the content from the original PS3 PSN version to the world of the handheld, but as an added bonus, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe will also feature PixelJunk Monsters Encore as well.

In between waves of monster attacks, the player scrambles to reinforce his defenses by collecting gold coins and jewels from fallen enemies to finance new towers and research deadlier weapons.

PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD is based on the PSPs PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe (which in turn was based on PSN's PixelJunk Monsters), Double Eleven worked closely with Q-Games to get it right, and then chose the name “Ultimate HD” at the end of development.

Monsters Ultimate HD has more than 30 hours of gameplay set across story and challenge levels. All of the graphics have been remastered for the PS Vita’s high-resolution screen, and we added touchscreen input to provide more control of Tikiman. Ultimate HD includes the Encore expansion, as well as all the extra towers, enemies, and levels from the Deluxe edition last seen on PSP.

If you’ve never played PixelJunk Monsters, here’s a quick primer. As Tikiman, you must protect your helpless babies from waves of incoming monsters. You’ll build weapon towers in the right places and at the right times in order to kill enemy monsters. You can grab coins and gems from fallen monsters to spend on building more towers, upgrading existing towers, or research towards powerful new towers. Monsters come thicker and faster as the waves advance, keeping the challenge consistent throughout.

For PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD the developers focused on remaking the visuals for Vita’s awesome OLED screen, introducing touchscreen controls that complimented the gameplay, and compiling everything featured in the PS3 and PSP versions, while also designing the Trophies to be an extra treat for those wanting even more challenge.

PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD will be available on PSN for $14.99.

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