In the spirit of Halloween, I thought it was time to check in on one of my personal favorites… Poltergeist: Pixelated Horror from Glitchy Pixel. It’s a game that lets you see what it’s like to live life as a pixelated ghost while letting you put a scare into anyone that dares enter your manor.
Poltergeist: Pixelated Horror is a “scare simulator” of sorts as you play a ghost that’s out to keep everyone out of your former home. It’s a game all about scaring people, and you’ll get to do that using every ghastly trick in your arsenal. Your spirit power is limited though, so you’ll have to be careful how much you use – especially when the Ghostbusters and Exorcists show up. I was only able to play the mobile demo last year, but you can read a bit more about my experience here.
Poltergeist: Pixelated Horror has seen its fair share of ups and down. Last year, Poltergeist: 16 bit Horror was created as a prototype for the Square Enix Latin American Game Contest 2012 which is where I first caught wind of it. The contest put the contestants games up on Google Play for a limited time, and Poltergeist: Pixelated Horror took home first place along with $20k. While some folks sat around and wondering about a full version of the game, Poltergeist vanished from the spotlight after the win and the Play Store version of the game soon followed suit. Poltergeist: Pixelated Horror was gone, but definitely not forgotten.
Turns out the dev’s took to IndieGoGo to try and resurrect Poltergeist: Pixelated Horror at the end of July with a goal of raising $25,000 to bring the game to PC’s. Unfortunately, they dropped the “16 bit” part from the title along with the mobile release, and the campaign tanked. Well it turns out that Poltergeist: Pixelated Horror isn’t as dead as it looks. It’s been on Greenlight, and the developers posted a message saying they’ve been chosen for the Latin American Incubator program by Sony and are planning on bringing the game to the PS Vita.
As someone who played, reviewed, and really dug the whole idea behind Poltergeist: Pixelated Horror it’s nice to see it find some life on another platform. That said, the game was a great fit for mobile devices, and the version I played last year was far more than a glorified demo. It may have been short, but man was it cool. Here’s hoping that Glitchy Pixel find success on Vita and that Poltergeist: Pixelated Horror finds a place in the land of the living.