Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced is partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment to create a mobile game adaptation of the live-action film Pixels, which is set to hit theaters in July. The tower defense game will release on mobile devices ahead of the film’s release this summer, and sees players helping the Arcaders protect Earth from aliens that have taken the forms of iconic video game characters from the 1980s.
The Pixels mobile game will star Pac-Man, as well as characters from Q*bert, Frogger, Centipede, Robotron and other classic franchises. Players will travel around the world defeating waves of enemies and boss characters, and can build stationary towers to defeat enemies. The film’s stars, including Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage, serve as special hero characters in each mission, and can be moved around the world like a mobile tower, depending on the need.
At its recent Global Gamers Day in Las Vegas, Bandai Namco Entertainment mobile producer Ben Acevedo told us the game will include most of the standard elements from the tower defense genre, but with a noteworthy difference: players will have access to a manual targeting feature to help them complete levels, rather than simply allowing every tower to target at will.
Overall, players will have access to multiple weapons and tools, including the Mini Cooper vehicles seen in the film’s trailer.
The Pixels mobile game is expected to release on iOS, Android and Amazon app stores this June. Check back soon for more.