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Minecraft inspired Pixel Gun 3D brings multiplayer FPS action to Windows Phone

Are you a huge fan of first person shooter games? If so, and you own a Windows Phone, you may want to check out Pixel Gun 3D. This multiplayer game is already available on both iOS and Android, but the developer also launched the title on Microsoft's mobile platform earlier this month. The interesting part about Pixel Gun 3D is how it's inspired by popular Java game Minecraft.

Before you get started, players are able to choose their own skin, set up their favourite nickname and then it's time to enter some rather intense multiplayer games. There are a variety of premade skins available to choose from, anything from the famous Minecraft creeper to the female nurse costume - it's clear to see solid Minecraft references throughout the game, including text, world design and more, but this isn't a negative, especially if you're a fan of the block building game. Now that you've customised your character to your liking, it's time to get stuck into some action.

Pixel Gun 3D

There are numerous options to choose from, depending on how you wish to proceed and what frame of mind you're currently in. Currently in Pixel Gun 3D, there are Survival, Deathmatch and Co-operative modes. Covering each mode, you can have up to 10 people competing against one another online in a variety of maps and survival mode tasks players with fighting off hordes of enemies. There are multiple weapons present, anything from heavy axes to laser rifles. Players can set up matches how they wish, choosing maps and more. Creating your own "servers" is simple enough too.

Choose maps you want to use, enter a match (or server) name, select how many players and configure general goals to win. For added protection and just in case you already have a group of friends ready to play, a password can be set to keep unwanted folk out. Both Boss Battle and LAN support are under development, which should open up new possibilities for players.

An in-game store is available should you wish to purchase the currency used for further customising your character with skin unlocks or possibly some unusual weaponry. 

Pixel Gun 3D

As always, FPS games on mobile devices without physical trigger buttons and thumbsticks can prove difficult to nail in development, but the movement and controls in Pixel Gun 3D aren't too bad. The left thumb controls movement, while the right hand is tasked with both looking around and shooting, reloading, switching weapons and more. It works. While sometimes it can prove frustrating and seem difficult at first, it's not a bad layout and execution.

You can download Pixel Gun 3D from the Windows Phone Store for $0.99. Unfortunately, there's no trial available and you need at least 1 GB of RAM. That said, we recommend the download, it's a fun game. Thanks, TB_Studio, for the tip!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Does it work on 512mb devices
  • Nope
  • Yeah man but dont worry shooter games arent meant for touch phones. Its better to play kn gaming consoles or pc
  • Amen! Every time I see people playing shooter games on they touch screen devices like tablets and phones I feel sad, they look like people with disabilities. Smh
  • True. Any 2d casual MP shooter will make much more fun.
  • Multiplayer Rocket Riot might be fun.
  • It actually does. Thats where i play it.
  • 1 GB ram again. The maps of the game looks similar to the maps of counter strike 1.6.
  • Lol, yeah
  • will this be cross platform multiplayer?  
  • Looking for the same info.
  • I was wondering the same thing
  • Game is really cool, but still nobody in multiplayer. I guess after publishing article here, we`ll see even more players.
  • Just wanna know if I could play with my android brethren
  • I wish I could try it before buying.
  • Dang he didn't even bother to come up with a different art style lol
  • I'm in... But nobody there !
  • I'll play w u! Send me an electronic mail:
  • Why need 1gb ohhhhhh agin
  • It says try the awesome pixel 3d, but I cant try I have to buy??!
  • Haha, countercraft (cs+mc) that's genius!
  • I'm living in South Africa, so I prefer MineStrike.
  • Any MOGA support?
  • Fy_pool_day from CS1.6 good time....
  • I bet if this game was it would have ads
  • Moga?
  • Finally you guys report on this! I tipped you a couple weeks ago or something. :P It was released quite a while ago.
  • Smh, touchscreen shooter - so sad! 
  • Lame. Regret the investment.
  • This is one of those games that I would have to TRY before I would buy it.... As touch screen games for shooters are not really that good and can be hard to control... No trial, No buy... They should put a small single player level so people can try it... and #SaveXboxWP
  • Make it free. lol
  • It bugs me how much they appear to have ripped off Mojang here
  • Like Minecraft isn't a ripoff of Infiniminer? However Zach, the developer of Infiniminer, has this to say "The act of borrowing ideas is integral to the creative process. There are games that came before Infiniminer, and there are games that will come after MineCraft. That’s how it works.”
  • This is actually pretty fun. Does anyone know if there is any way for developers to actually USE the hardware buttons in their games? Because if my trigger was my volume or camera button, I'd be so happy.
  • Ace of Spades, anyone? Love that shooter!
  • I would like the trigger to be my camera button too. It would make it amazing
  • Its 99 cents everyone should get it
  • Well that was a waste of 79p. Too fucking hard by half.
  • Standard Fanboy comments: "It don't work on my phone? Oh, then I don't need it, and neither should you". Or the equally pathetic, "Game don't work on my phone? Mobile Gaming is for _________ (insert derogatory term here)". Fanboys sure are predictable. 
  • This sucks.
    Seriously you will get way more enjoyment from good fps multiplayer games like mc4.
  • I'm having a hard time believing absolutely NO ONE ever plays multiplayer?  Everytime I try, it says no one is in any of the maps.  Its better to just say,"Coming Soon" than to pretend that the feature exists.  DONT BUY IT!!!!
  • It's free on the Canadian store, not sure on the other regions.