Pixza bills itself as a “really real time multi player social game.” Users can play with more than ten friends at the same time in this unique online experience. The player’s pieces are colored pixels (little square tiles). The grid (which makes up the game board) includes a series of grey pixels that form a letter. The user can only see their letter while their opponent sees a different letter (looks similar to a watermark). By clicking on the many tiles that appear, the user can begin filling in their letter with their corresponding color tiles. The first player to completely fill in their watermark with their tiles wins. Tiles can be dragged or moved using the arrow keys. During play, a user can click on the super pixel icon found at the bottom of the grid to access special abilities. The selected tile will have a green area around it indicating where the super pixel ability will be put into play. They can use this to position their move and execute it precisely. Special abilities include hammers, brick walls and more. Users can challenge one another through the website and post game challenges to Facebook. The entire game is web based so it is easy to use when playing on almost any computer at work, home or elsewhere.
Pixza was created in 2010 by undergrad students Jason and Kishore. The pair are working on a degree in Computer Science and Engineering while spending the last year creating Pixza. The core architecture behind the game has been altered a total of six times to get to where it is today. It is a great deal of effort, but one that is proving beneficial as more new players join the Pixza community.
Pixza is an easy to learn online game that requires no special installation or download to use. Players can join in from anywhere as long as they have a computer with internet access. Many players can join a game at once, making it an excellent form of social entertainment.
Pixza uses a simple design that works exceptionally well for this type of game. Colored tiles make up the game pieces as the user fills in the water mark design on an otherwise featureless grid. The Pixza website is also attractive and includes many valuable tools and informational resources to help new users get started. Newcomers can view the extremely well made Pixza trailer video, a tutorial video or visit the Pixza Wiki to learn more about game specifics and strategies.
Another huge benefit to playing Pixza is the lack of a registration requirement. Sometimes it is difficult to convince friends to join in a new game when they have to go through a lengthy registration and verification process. Pixza encourages new users by letting them jump right into the action. Newcomers can click on the large, green “Play Now” button found along the bottom, left hand side of the homepage. Users can also follow Pixza on Twitter and Facebook or link their Facebook account to send challenges to others.
Anyone can enjoy Pixza for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for playing. This is another bonus, along with the no registration needed because it encourages more players to join up. It is significantly easier to convince someone to try a new game when they do not have to register or pay anything for doing so.
Pixza is a great game for anyone who is looking for a quick entertainment fix. The social aspect adds another layer of fun, making it more competitive and interesting. Friends can join up or post challenges to each other’s Facebook profiles.