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12 Days of VR Gaming: Day 9 – Pixel Rift

Independent developer Ana Ribeiro has earned significant praise for her in-development homage to bygone eras of videogaming, and today that continues as VRFocus presents Pixel Rift as one of the titles selected for our ’12 Days of VR Gaming’ feature series. With a demo version available to download now for both iterations of the Oculus Rift development kit, DK1 and DK2, there’s no excuse not to sample this highly anticipated title.

Beginning life as a project designed for part of Ribeiro’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) degree, Pixel Rift has garnered much attention from the videogame media and the virtual reality (VR) community. Now being developed into a full product, Pixel Rift will span several decades of videogame history.


Pixel Rift is a madcap, retro homage to gaming history. Following the life of computer gaming addict Nicola as she battles through the ages to play her favourite game: ‘Pixel Rift’,” states creator Ribeiro. “A game within a game, Pixel Rift is original, fun and full of surprises that will keep you guessing along the way. You will venture from living rooms to classrooms, playing consoles, handhelds and even arcade machine as you fight the mundane distractions of life so that you can get down to what’s most important – gaming! From the black and white 2D sprites of the 70s to the bright and colourful 3D graphics of the 90s, Pixel Rift truly is a nostalgic and mad trip down memory lane.”

Talking of the demo version of Pixel Rift currently available via Oculus Share, Ribeiro states: “In this demo we will take you back to 1989 to help Nicola to complete Pixel Rift in a Game Boy version during a boring lecture at school. If you love retro games, Pixel Rift is your cup of tea.”


Pixel Rift is currently expected to launch in 2015, exclusively for virtual reality devices. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on Pixel Rift and other VR projects from Ribeiro.

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