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Play OverviewPlay Overview

PixelJunk Monsters (2008) is a strategy game where you build defensive towers to defeat a linear march of enemies before they reach your base and kill your creatures.

Play involves placing towers to stop the onslaught, each one has different abilities (rapid fire, long-range, air-focused) that deal with enemies at different rates and are effective at different kinds of attackers. Destroyed enemies give you coins and gems which can upgrade and research new towers.

Unusually, for this kind of tower defence game, you also control a character who runs around the world while the enemies approach. This character is used to do the coin collecting and tower building, rather than doing this from above using a cursor.
  • PixelJunk Monsters
  • PixelJunk Monsters 2
  • PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD (2013)
  • PixelJunk Monsters: Deluxe (2010)

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked PixelJunk Monsters 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Fighting, Puzzle and Shooting elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. In PixelJunk Monsters 3 a second player can join in on the same system and assist in building towers. You can also have up to 4 players online.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 because of frequent depictions of non-realistic violence towards fantastical characters. Players can use a variety of different defence towers ranging from harpoons to canons. Most violence is a mild and takes place in a cartoony atmosphere. Enemies will disappear in a puff of smoke and coins.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. There is some skill needed in controlling your character to place items but with a little help, even very young players will enjoy this.

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


PixelJunk Monsters usually costs £6.99 to £17.99.

PixelJunk Monsters

Switch Store Wii U £6.99 Unavailable On Digital Store

PixelJunk Monsters 2

Steam Store PC £11.39

PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate

Steam Store PC £6.99
Steam Store Mac £6.99

Pixeljunk Monsters 2

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
Switch Store Switch £13.49

Pixeljunk Monsters 2 Deluxe Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
PixelJunk Monsters Encore expansion pack adds 15 more themed levels, including some inspired by Pac-Man and Space Invaders.

PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe on PlayStation Portable, contains all of the level content from the original game and its Encore expansion pack, as well as new levels, enemies, and towers. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/01/2008, updated in 2018

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (4 online)

Genres: Simulation, Strategy (Fighting, Puzzle and Shooting)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

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