In the Pixel Kingdom, one's place in the class system is entirely dependent on the number of pixels their sprite consists of. When the princess of the land awakens the power to connect to The Bit Stream, the evil Queen DeRezzia invades. After she steals the princess, as well as a large number of pixels from the land, only one villager has the will to give chase and save the day: Pip, a single, large, red pixel.
However, Pip does not remain 1-bit throughout his journey; he soon encounters the ghost of the knight Sir Elywn, who bestows upon Pip the power to use The Bit Stream in his own way. By defeating certain foes, Pip can transform his 1-bit self into 8-bit and 32-bit forms, and can willingly regress his form as needed. Each of these three forms will be needed in order to progress through stages, solve puzzles, and defeat DeRezzia!
The game was funded on Kickstarter on September 25th, 2014. It was released on June 4th, 2015.
This game makes use of the following tropes:
- Fantastic Racism: In this world, the lower your resolution is, the less respect you get. "Low-res" is apparently a derogatory term.
- Featureless Protagonist: Played with. Pip starts out as a red rectangle, but gains features in his higher-res forms. At the end of the game, he returns to his featureless form.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen DeRezzia, the dark thief of pixels.
- Good Morning, Crono: The game begins with Pip's mother Mathilda exhorting him to get out of bed.
- Once Upon a Time: The intro text."Once upon a time, there existed a kingdom that could fit in the palm of your hand."
- Shout-Out: Two for The Simpsons:
- Sir Chad's guards are named Lenny and Carl.
- The temple in World 2 is called the "most cursed temple ever" — a reference to Comic Book Guy's Mad Libs Catchphrase.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: Pip can stay underwater for an indefinite period of time. However, only his 8-bit form is capable of swimming. 1-bit!Pip floats and 32-bit!Pip will sink like a brick.