Retro sequel Pixel Ripped 1995 arrived a few months back and once again showed how the virtual reality (VR) community loves a bit of nostalgia mixed in with modern tech. Today, developer ARVORE has announced a free update called the ‘Ultimate Challenge Update’ adding plenty of new content.
The Ultimate Challenge Update aims to increase the replay factor of Pixel Ripped 1995 with new features, challenges, secrets and rewards. A Hardcore Mode toughens up the enemies to give players a real challenge, whilst a scoring system for each of the six levels means you can try to improve your best score and time on each of them.
As you head back into Pixel Ripped 1995 now keep an eye out for hidden Golden Cartridges which will unlock secret content. On the gameplay side, Dot gains the Ripped Boost ability making her super powerful when she gathers enough pixels. ARVORE notes is a press release that this: “allows hardcore players and speed-runners to devise new strategies for clearing each level.” To that end, cut-scenes can now be skipped plus there’s a built-in gameplay timer to improve speed-running/time-trials.
Other additions include eight new armour designs to unlock for Dot, Pixel Doors which offer alternative routes, an interactive comic book with an original Pixel Ripped story and a new after-credits scene.
“Pixel Ripped 1995 is a tribute to the gamers themselves, ones who grew up protecting fascinating digital worlds, who became friends with the most charming low-resolution characters and who poured their hearts and souls into beating the hardest of challenges,” said Bárbara Framil, Narrative Designer, ARVORE in a statement.
VRFocus was impressed with the PC edition of Pixel Ripped 1995 in its review: “ARVORE has certainly learnt from Pixel Ripped 1989, both in terms of scope and gameplay, Pixel Ripped 1995 is a premium retro experience from start to finish.”
The Ultimate Challenge Update for Pixel Ripped 1995 goes live today for Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift and Steam VR headsets. It will be coming to PlayStation VR but a date has yet to be officially given. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Pixel Ripped 1995, reporting back with the latest updates.