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Hot Pixel is a complete and often outrageous copy of a brilliant Nintendo game, but so are most platformers and they normally end up failing miserably against the Japanese developers, but this is different. Hot Pixel is a superb game that is perfect for the PSP handheld. A chapter takes a couple of minutes to complete and then it saves out, loading is quick and snappy, and it’s very easy to get into and play. This is a perfect game to play to get rid of the summer gaming blues that most of us are experiencing right now. Go get it!
Game Revolution (Nov 07, 2007)
Loving WarioWare doesn’t prevent you from enjoying this game. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Games where you can complete so many disparate tasks in such a short time are few and far between. Multiplayer mode is a welcome addition, and despite how unfriendly the PSP can be sometimes, it’s a great quickie on a bus ride. Hot Pixel is not something you’ll play forever and ever, but it’s a nifty fad.
Defunct Games (Nov 13, 2007)
From the moment you turn the game on it's clear that Hot Pixel wants to be the next Wario Ware. Unfortunately the game is never quite as good as what Nintendo was able to do four years ago, which is a real shame. In some ways this game feels like a missed opportunity, there is a real need for a Wario Ware-style mini-game collection for the PSP. That doesn't mean it has to be a blatant rip-off, but Hot Pixel is a step in the right direction. Sadly this game just isn't exciting enough and there's an inconsistent level of quality in the various mini-games. I would like to see what zSlide can do with an original game, they clearly have a unique voice ... but it feels like it's wasted on this Wario Ware clone.
GameDaily (Oct 09, 2007)
Hot Pixel won't win any awards for originality, since it blatantly rips off Nintendo's Wario Ware series. However, it more than satisfies, with plenty of humorous and bizarre mini-games. The variety of activities range from classic Atari arcade games to food-devouring contests to dog walking. Extra games become available for download and offer multiplayer action with friends. The ADD style of play isn't for everyone, and Djon, as crazy as he is, can't replace Wario and his puffy mustache. Nevertheless, this is a respectable and trendy clone.
Overall Hot Pixel is a mixed bag. The general idea is nice, if a little unoriginal. It is also good to see someone taking on Wario Ware. Admittedly it lacks the charm that Wario Ware has, but it is still an enjoyable waste of a few minutes in your day. For the most part the presentation is good, although the little videos of the urban nerd get really irritating after a while! This kind of game oozes the pick up and play mentality that handhelds need and even though there are a few stinkers in there it is ultimately a fun little game!
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Jun 22, 2007)
If you just can't get enough of the game, Atari and ZSlide have provided a further 70 challenges to download from the game's website. It seems slightly odd that these are available from day one; presumably, ZSlide just couldn't stop creating mini-games even after the game has been sent for UMD manufacturing. Hopefully it's a sign that both Atari and ZSlide will continue to support the game with further additional content down the line. The inclusion of a multiplayer mode adds further additional length to the game's long-term appeal, though the decision not to support Game Sharing seems odd and disappointing, likely to severely restrict the times you'll play against somebody else.
Worth Playing (Nov 18, 2007)
Hot Pixel offers a unique entertainment experience that is best suited for gaming on the go when you have a varying amount of time available. The title is best suited for teenagers and adults, due to some mature content, and the abundance of mini-games is definitely a plus but doesn't hide the fact that most of the games are simplistic, often repetitive and become a bit tedious after a while. Regardless of these issues, Hot Pixel has an excellent reward system with plenty of unlocks to keep things interesting. If you're a fan of the old 8-bit arcade gameplay or enjoy a faster-paced game, you might want to give Hot Pixel a try.
Game Watcher (Jul 17, 2007)
But ultimately what Hot Pixel sets out to do it does incredibly well. It’s lavishly outrageous micro-game fun that isn’t afraid to challenge Wario Ware for obscurity. There’s nothing else quite like it on the PSP, with games of this genre usually limited to Nintendo consoles and it’s encouraging to see publishers making a risky move with the console rather than limiting themselves to tried and tested sequels and ports. Being frantic, entertaining and easy to pick up and play, Hot Pixel is designed exactly how a handheld game should be and whilst it won’t hold your attention for hours at a time it’s one of those you’ll come back to every now and then for a fun-filled half hour.
65 (Jun 26, 2007)
If you're after a mini-game collection with a solid and proven structure then this is a well made, if a tad unexciting, offering and its the best game of its type on the PSP by some way. However, bear in mind that the zany streetwise presentation gets horribly irritating and ultimately it lacks the charm and likeability of certain other games on certain other consoles.
GameSpot (Oct 12, 2007)
Hot Pixel has its moments, but it's shamelessly derivative of Nintendo's WarioWare games, and loses out a bit because of its lack of originality. At the same time, it's also a fairly good clone of the WarioWare concepts, so if you're a PSP owner wondering what all the fuss was about, you'll probably have an OK time with Atari's version.
Pocket Gamer UK (Jun 22, 2007)
And it's not a bad game. It's just that having realised most of the ground work has been done (regardless of whether original or not – it is as far the PSP is concerned), you can't help wishing the developer had spent a little more time focusing on the fundamental elements that would guarantee a stellar performance from this very specific type of game.

Because while Hot Pixel is undeniably diverting, the overall game experience comes across as curtailed. And that's the one rule you don't ever break.
60 (UK) (Jun 20, 2007)
But because it's so very identical to Wario Ware, you can't help but hold Nintendo's masterpiece up by way of comparison. And if you do that, Hot Pixel undoubtedly suffers because it's not as good. It's just a game that nobody's put enough thought into. Take the name, for example! This is a game that, with all it's skate-glamour and downloadable Web 2.0 content, that is surely trying to create some sort of internet meme. And yet the name is the most Google unfriendly name known to man. Go on: Google for hot pixel. See? And that's it. It's a game that's just not clever enough by half. Modelled, shamelessly on a game that's too clever by miles. So it's not necessarily bad. It's just not good enough.
Game Shark (Nov 13, 2007)
“Yeaaaah, boyyyyyy” aesthetic aside, Hot Pixel’s biggest issue is that the games are, for the most part, just so-so, lacking the inventiveness and addictiveness of a Wario Ware. You won’t be bored playing it, but you won’t be enthralled either, and as easy it is to pick it up, it’s just as easy to put it back down. Once you’ve run through the minigames a few times—which, to be fair, will take a good while—there’s really not much to keep you coming back, other than a lack of anything better to do. Unless you’re really into seeing some gangly Caucasian doing a particularly pathetic hip-hop impression, that is.
1UP (Oct 09, 2007)
It was only a matter of time until the PSP caught microgame madness, and while it's fun in bursts, it's also derivative and disappointingly insincere. Don't expect WarioWare -- think of it purely as a game to play on the train and you just might have enough fun with it to justify checking it out.
GotNext (Dec 19, 2007)
Hot Pixel just isn't very good, despite a few decent ideas. It's a collection of mini-games of variable quality bound together by an obnoxious urban style, and throwing in some classic Atari touches isn't going to make it any more tolerable. The mini-game genre has become a crowded place since the debut of WarioWare, which is odd seeing as that's the only series anyone has paid much attention to. It would be nice if another game could come along to challenge the undisputed king, but Hot Pixel isn't the one to do it.
50 (Jun 22, 2007)
Conçu pour être le Wario Ware de la PSP, Hot Pixel n'est finalement qu'une pâle copie de son modèle. Son approche provocatrice se fait au détriment de l'efficacité des mini-jeux qui perdent toute leur saveur une fois découverts. Trop court, le soft ne vous distraira que l'espace d'une soirée.
GameZone (Oct 10, 2007)
Hot Pixel for the PSP would have been a fun alternative to Nintendo’s micro mini-game offering but in the end, it just lacks quality or quantity and that little spark of fun that makes gamers want to revisit the mini-games again and again. Sorry, Atari, but this one just doesn’t have what it takes to be the new micro gaming hotness fit for our Sony portable.
IGN (Oct 03, 2007)
It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but this is practically a slap in the face of a title that works really well. Hot Pixel tries to copy the WarioWare formula, but tedious mini-games, extremely basic presentation and repetitive gameplay without any kind of unified theme or reason for playing the mini-games sucks a large amount of fun out of the title. Mini-games might be addictive fun, but you're not going to find it within Hot Pixel.
GameSpy (Oct 12, 2007)
And that's really Hot Pixel's problem. Despite a few nice features and a cool graphical style (pixel art is pretty awesome), the lame microgames outweigh the good ones by a hefty margin. At its best, Hot Pixel is a warmed-over WarioWare rip-off; at its worst it's a shallow, hastily-assembled, ego-fueled vanity project for a guy that you've probably never heard of. If you're dying for some five second bursts of gaming and don't have a GBA, DS, or Wii handy, this may divert your attention for a while, but otherwise don't bother.
35 (Oct 26, 2007)
Hot PXL tries to create the quirkiness of WarioWare but fails at doing so. The game is plagued with basic visuals, boring gameplay, long load times, and a short singleplayer experience. Mini-games can be fun but if those are your cup of tea you are better off sticking with the WarioWare series or trying out Ubisoft's Raving Rabbids.
It’s bad enough that Hot Pixel is a blatant derivation of Nintendo’s WarioWare series, but the most offensive thing about the product is that it just fails to compare to the game it’s ripping off. Hot Pixel probably would have been worth a look if the micro-games on offer were half interesting and presented at a reasonable pace, with some sort of hint of variety, but that’s just not the case here. The fact that Hot Pixel is likely to last most people less than an hour is really disturbing. It would be best for PSP owners to leave this one on the shelves.