Last month we previewed the isometric 8-bit graphics puzzler eBoy FixPix [App Store] from eBoy / Delicious Toys. Heavy on the pixel art (in a very good way), the game challenges you to tilt your iPhone to and fro in order to arrange the various layers of the onscreen scene into a coherent view, in an exercise that should be linked in Webster's entry for the word "parallax." Tilt, tilt, score! is the name of the game here. It's one that gets definite points for uniqueness. The game went live in the App Store a few weeks back and somehow slipped past our radar.

I played through the game this morning and found it to be a charming title that's half puzzle game, half graphical toy. To win the game you must "fix" 100 scenes, but you are able to skip ones that are too mind-bogglingly difficult. (I noted that some of the skipped scenes did not repeat in my play-through, so there are more than 100 scenes provided in the app.) It's up to you to form the lovely pixellated scenes into full coherency, which is at times a particularly challenging task, and the reward is seeing the scene properly rendered.

I, personally, love 8-bit art and am highly impressed by what's presented here. Those who are not enamored of the style might find the experience wanting, however, as the game can be played from start to finish in under half an hour. I was pleased to see a link to some of the included 8-bit art as wallpaper on the victory screen.

Have a look at the developer's gameplay video to get a feel for the experience.

You can decide for yourself whether this is a game or a work of art. Whatever the case, eBoy FixPix is a very unique iPhone experience and I urge readers to have a look.

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  • Tkun

    That is really freakin cool, definitely one of the more innovative games on the iPhone. Am I the only one who thought the title was eBay and not eBoy at first look?

  • Tkun

    That is really freakin cool, definitely one of the more innovative games on the iPhone. Am I the only one who thought the title was eBay and not eBoy at first look?

  • cool

    That pic would make a great wallpaper

  • http://Hawkmankt.wordpress.com hawkmankt

    Great game. I loved every second of it. Unfortunately there weren't enough seconds.

  • cool

    That pic would make a great wallpaper

  • http://Hawkmankt.wordpress.com hawkmankt

    Great game. I loved every second of it. Unfortunately there weren't enough seconds.

  • mario

    this game would be great iF supports 3d glasses

  • mario

    this game would be great iF supports 3d glasses

  • Hmar9333

    Ugh... I hate pixel art.

    • Dan

      You must be a very, very bad man.

    • TKO

      If you hate it, why did you even click on the article, let alone comment. :p

    • JCat

      Pixel Art hates youth.

  • Hmar9333

    Ugh... I hate pixel art.

    • Dan

      You must be a very, very bad man.

    • TKO

      If you hate it, why did you even click on the article, let alone comment. :p

    • JCat

      Pixel Art hates youth.

  • Argonomic

    Why is it that the videos on this iPad/iPhone focused site don't work on an iPad or iPhone?

    • Dan

      This is a very good point.

  • Argonomic

    Why is it that the videos on this iPad/iPhone focused site don't work on an iPad or iPhone?

    • Dan

      This is a very good point.

  • Tony

    Anybody know how to save images to camera roll? I heard this was somehow possible.

    • Dan

      Tap a picture and hold it until a menu with such option appears. Or use 3rd party apps which support this function better (GoodReader, Downloads, ...).

  • Tony

    Anybody know how to save images to camera roll? I heard this was somehow possible.

    • Dan

      Tap a picture and hold it until a menu with such option appears. Or use 3rd party apps which support this function better (GoodReader, Downloads, ...).

  • Peter

    To save an image, press the off key (top of iphone) then the home key, that takes a screenshot

    • TKO

      That is, the lock button should still be pressed while you click the home button. ie: press lock, press home, (screenshot is taken), release both keys.

      There will be a camera-shutter sound and the screen will flash white. The screenshot is automatically added to the camera-roll.

  • Peter

    To save an image, press the off key (top of iphone) then the home key, that takes a screenshot

    • TKO

      That is, the lock button should still be pressed while you click the home button. ie: press lock, press home, (screenshot is taken), release both keys.

      There will be a camera-shutter sound and the screen will flash white. The screenshot is automatically added to the camera-roll.

  • athom

    I bought it, I tried the flash version of this a while ago. I like it, it's very unique. When a puzzle is done, you get a sound, which should be very familiar for people who tried out GarageBand on the Mac once, heh. Though it concerns me that you can only adjust the volume of those "puzzle done"-ish sounds by altering your ringtone-volume. I dislike that.

  • athom

    I bought it, I tried the flash version of this a while ago. I like it, it's very unique. When a puzzle is done, you get a sound, which should be very familiar for people who tried out GarageBand on the Mac once, heh. Though it concerns me that you can only adjust the volume of those "puzzle done"-ish sounds by altering your ringtone-volume. I dislike that.

  • haxor

    3d would actually be possible without glasses, using the accelerometer like in the game:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8EgbEfaOn0

  • haxor

    3d would actually be possible without glasses, using the accelerometer like in the game:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8EgbEfaOn0

  • crud

    How can a game just declare itself "art" like this? It's garbage! I'm so sick of this attitude than everything old is new and cool again. It's crap, we've all moved on to greener pastures. 8 bit music and visuals are ancient history and no longer relevant. GET OVER IT YOU FREAKS!

    • belsunce

      have you seen this guy's posters?! the level of detail is astonishing. seriously, it's not like a quick rush job / cash-in on a retro trend. eBoy really goes all out. you gotta respect that..

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I declared it an art experience, not the developer (that I've see). FYI.

      • crud

        This is relevant, modern, 8bit art:

        http://www.2flashgames.com/f/f-8bit-Street-Art-6041.htm

        The image in the blog post above looks like it was drawn by a dyslexic 12 year old.

        That's my point. I'm not saying pixel art isn't a legitimate form of art. Mario in 8bit is art, sure, but all I see in this and the other 2 million 8bit and 16bit styled games on the app store is EXPLOITATION of a fad and nothing more.

        I stand by my comment that this "game" is junk and has only received credibility from it's exploitation of this whole retro phase that's going around. It's crap.

      • belsunce

        I don't know, crud, check out some of the artist's other creations

        http://shop.eboy.com/products/new-york-poster

      • WDKtheV

        Careful! When I went to the above 2flashgames.com link and looked at a few of the pictures there the site attempted to launch a series of trojans.

  • crud

    How can a game just declare itself "art" like this? It's garbage! I'm so sick of this attitude than everything old is new and cool again. It's crap, we've all moved on to greener pastures. 8 bit music and visuals are ancient history and no longer relevant. GET OVER IT YOU FREAKS!

    • belsunce

      have you seen this guy's posters?! the level of detail is astonishing. seriously, it's not like a quick rush job / cash-in on a retro trend. eBoy really goes all out. you gotta respect that..

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      I declared it an art experience, not the developer (that I've see). FYI.

      • crud

        This is relevant, modern, 8bit art:

        http://www.2flashgames.com/f/f-8bit-Street-Art-6041.htm

        The image in the blog post above looks like it was drawn by a dyslexic 12 year old.

        That's my point. I'm not saying pixel art isn't a legitimate form of art. Mario in 8bit is art, sure, but all I see in this and the other 2 million 8bit and 16bit styled games on the app store is EXPLOITATION of a fad and nothing more.

        I stand by my comment that this "game" is junk and has only received credibility from it's exploitation of this whole retro phase that's going around. It's crap.

      • belsunce

        I don't know, crud, check out some of the artist's other creations

        http://shop.eboy.com/products/new-york-poster

      • WDKtheV

        Careful! When I went to the above 2flashgames.com link and looked at a few of the pictures there the site attempted to launch a series of trojans.

  • jreinaldo

    Pixelart is a kind of art just as some many others. They did a great work on it. Always have those do like and those don´t.

  • jreinaldo

    Pixelart is a kind of art just as some many others. They did a great work on it. Always have those do like and those don´t.

  • Dude

    Decent game, took me about 20 minutes to complete all 100 pictures. Not really worth $2 IMO. Should be 99 cents for how much content there is, if they add more content for free then I'd say its worth the $2.

  • Dude

    Decent game, took me about 20 minutes to complete all 100 pictures. Not really worth $2 IMO. Should be 99 cents for how much content there is, if they add more content for free then I'd say its worth the $2.

  • Jon b

    This isn't 8-bit. If the guy at touch arcade loves 8-bit graphics so much, perhaps he should know what they are. This site is amazing but anyone comes across as slightly less than informed when they state facts wrong.

    Also, someone forward this to the mopes behind Isle of 8-bit treasure. I love that game but its not 8-bit graphics!!!!!

    Cheat sheet: NES games = 8bit

  • Jon b

    This isn't 8-bit. If the guy at touch arcade loves 8-bit graphics so much, perhaps he should know what they are. This site is amazing but anyone comes across as slightly less than informed when they state facts wrong.

    Also, someone forward this to the mopes behind Isle of 8-bit treasure. I love that game but its not 8-bit graphics!!!!!

    Cheat sheet: NES games = 8bit

  • http://grayhatworld.com Fred Smack

    Hey, how are you? Good article, although you made a few grammar mistakes but no one is perfect! Thanks for the posts, I'll book mark.

    Bye for now

    • deadclown

      Now THAT is irony.

  • http://grayhatworld.com Fred Smack

    Hey, how are you? Good article, although you made a few grammar mistakes but no one is perfect! Thanks for the posts, I'll book mark.

    Bye for now

    • deadclown

      Now THAT is irony.

  • http://izfest.com Isaac

    Like John B said, this is not 8-bit, it's 16-bit (looks like SNES). More colorful, smaller pixels, more detail.

    eBoy is a well known illustration company that works frequently with magazines like The New Yorker and the Etne Reader as well as Newspapers like the New York Times. I love their work. I will get this app just so I can take screen shots for wallpapers.

  • http://izfest.com Isaac

    Like John B said, this is not 8-bit, it's 16-bit (looks like SNES). More colorful, smaller pixels, more detail.

    eBoy is a well known illustration company that works frequently with magazines like The New Yorker and the Etne Reader as well as Newspapers like the New York Times. I love their work. I will get this app just so I can take screen shots for wallpapers.

eBoy FixPix Reviewed by Blake Patterson on . Rating: 3.5