We took a look at all the pixel-art games available on our favourite portable platform, thinking long and hard about our top picks.

In the end, we managed to come to this conclusion;

5. Spelunky

While it may sound like an easy game on paper, Spelunky will leave you dumbfounded when you are killed by a measly bat within a few seconds. Trial and error is what Spelunky is all about, and with randomly generated levels its always bringing new things to the mix. Topped with some really fun and chaotic local multiplayer modes, Spelunky is a game that anyone looking for a challenge should play.

4. OlliOlli


Addictively difficult, OlliOlli is a different kind of skateboarding game. Departing from anything you know about controlling skateboarding games, this one’s not something you will be good at from the push-off. That said, OlliOlli’s gameplay perfectly lands the balance between progression and challenge, keeping you returning to slam your face into the ground over and over.

3. Lone Survivor


Lone Survivor is spooky, immersive horror title with a brilliant story made of madness and nightmares. Packed with multiple ways to play and several different endings, Lone Survivor will give you chills for days despite it’s simple art style. It’s easily one of the best horror titles of the last few years, though seeing as how it’s one of the only ones on Vita it’s not like it has much competition.

2. Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami 6

Pure adrenaline, addiction, and action. Hotline Miami is a non-stop barrage of thrilling gameplay, to-the-point graphics, topped with a killer soundtrack. Hotline Miami had me on the edge of my seat continuously wanted to sprint through levels and beat my scores. Although it is quite short, Hotline Miami is a blast to play because of it’s simple fast-paced core gameplay that leaves you hungry for more.

1. FEZ


Earning a perfect five stars from Vita Lounge, FEZ comes out at a well deserved number one. Using what seems like a simple concept at it’s core, FEZ took a traditional jumping platformer and flipped it sideways – both metaphorically and mechanically. Super refreshing in terms of gameplay, FEZ combines straight forward exploration and not-so straight forward puzzle solving, embedding them into the walls of it’s colourful world. Not only is FEZ is the best pixel-art game on the Vita, it is one of the best games on the system.

Honourable mention: Retro City Rampage

Since you took the time to have a read of ours, what are your favourite pixel-art games on Vita?

  • Robbert_Jan

    How can Terraria not be in this list (or in the number 1 spot for that matter).

  • vongruetz .

    That’s a great write up. I can’t believe Gunslugs didn’t make it, but I know not everyone is as big a fan of the game as I am.

    • Marcus Blackstock

      It was right behind Retro City Rampage with Terraria.

  • Charlie Large

    Great feature Marcus!

  • Rodolfo Ferreira

    Wait a minute, Marcus.. if this is about pixel-art games, how is Steam World not featured? Did you play the game?

    That’s not fair.

    • Kyle Wakeling

      It was a group vote – not every game can make the top 5 or it wouldn’t be called that 😉

      • Rodolfo Ferreira

        Uh huh. Right. Since you’re here, could you tell me why it didn’t even make to the top 5?

        • Kyle Wakeling

          Well seeing as how it was voted on, it didn’t make the top 5 because it didn’t get enough votes. =P

  • Mauricio Quintero

    You will see when Hyper Light Drifter comes out! it is so bveautiful it could make walk the dead!

  • WhyWai

    Too Bad none of those available for PSN Asia