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!
This game makes use of the following tropes:
- Convection Schmonvection: Being right next to molten lava never seems to inconvenience anyone.
- Energy Ball: Used by multiple antagonists. In particular, Queen DeRezzia casts two purple orbs at once, which start off small but gradually expand as they travel down.
- 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.
- Flash of Pain: Damaged enemies will flash red.
- 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.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Pip's 8-bit form is able to punch the enemies in addition to jumping on their heads.
- Goomba Stomp: Pip will always be able stomp all the annoying mooks in his way, regardless of current form. In the 1-bit form, it is also his only means of dealing with them.
- Hand Blast: Queen DeRezzia can either fire purple beams or cast energy orbs from her palms.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Pip's 32-bit form fights with a sword.
- Inexplicable Treasure Chests: These are placed all over the playable world.
- Once Upon a Time: The intro text."Once upon a time, there existed a kingdom that could fit in the palm of your hand."
- Power Floats: Queen DeRezzia spends all her time hovering near the ceiling thanks to the power of The Bit Stream.
- 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.
- Spikes of Doom: Sharp red spikes will frequently line the strategic surfaces in the game's world to make all platforming harder.
- 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.
- Wall Jump: An ability exclusive to 8-bit Pip.