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PixelJunk in the Trunk: Contest Winners (Part 1)

Deborah Mars's Avatar Posted by Deborah Mars on Jun 25, 2008 // Managing Producer, SCEA Santa Monica Studio

Hey everyone,

I’m back on the blog to thank all of you who answered our call for your PixelJunk Monsters + Encore co-op stories.

We love that the PixelJunk love is spreading and bringing gamers and non-gamers together. It sounds like many of you are clearly not alone in your PixelJunk Monsters addiction, and now we’re actually debating whether or not we need to form a support group on this very blog for some of you. Sure, we know what it’s like to duke it out over which tower to place on which tree. (Typical conversation between myself and Associate Producer Matt Morton: “No, not that one…THAT one!”)

And yeah, we know what it’s like to forget to call your significant other/friend/family member when the clock is already way past 2 am. (“OK so I’m this late already…why not just play ANOTHER round and get that rainbow, right?”). Go ahead…you can blame us. We’ll just turn around and blame Dylan Cuthbert and Q-Games. Trust us…we’re been there, we’ve done that, and we’re paying the price, too. And loving it.

So all that said, we just want to say thanks for your support and your stories. We love hearing from you so keep ‘em coming.

Russ PJM

We received dozens of stories from the PixelJunkies out there, and the following won shirts for delivering the first 5 entries:

  • Russ, Illinois (pictured)
  • Aaron, Tennessee
  • Christian, Oregon
  • Kris, Tennessee
  • Trevor, California

Narrowing down the stories we wanted to share… that was the tough part. So here are our favorite PixelJunk Co-op stories (and pics!) Thanks to all of you that shared your experiences.

Patrick L PJM

My name is Patrick and I’m 33 years old. My daughter, Lauren, is 3 years old. She loves watching her daddy play video games. When I played PJM, she would love to warn me what kind of monsters were coming next, and tell me to “build more arrows for the spiders, daddy!”. I completed the first edition by myself, and then had a great idea: why not let her try and help with the co-op? She can use a PS3 controller, so I thought, why not?

She has been having a blast. Her job is to “dance the towers” and “not collect anything” because that’s daddy’s job. It has been a real help, having her levelling up the important towers and building the odd arrow here and there. We have now completed the entire game (both islands) with rainbows using co-op.

Thanks PixelJunk, for making a game so wonderful and simple my 3-year old daughter can play!

-Patrick, Ohio


When my boyfriend was applying for a new job, he kept making a comment that confused me.

“If I get this job, I’m buying a PlayStation 3. I’m doing it”.

I looked around our apartment, with it’s three computers, Wii, Nintendo DS, HDTV, and Tivo. Why would he need something else to divert his attention from me?

“But it can play Blu-Ray discs!”

As someone who still cherishes her ten year old copy of Newsies on VHS, I wasn’t impressed. But I encouraged him to get it anyway. New job, right? So the PS3 arrived so after, and along with it, Grand Theft Auto IV. Niko and I took an immediate disliking of each other.

“Baby, how is that cab driver going to feed his poor family? His children will end up thugs now.”

My developing dislike of the PS3 was inversely proportional to my boyfriend’s obsession with it. Seeing his two loves at odds, my boyfriend had the brilliant idea of introducing me to PixelJunk Monsters.

“What is it?” I was suspicious.

“Look! It’s cute! They dance! And it’s two players!”

I gave it a shot. At least we’d be playing together, right? And I fell in love. I felt mighty, like a god, protecting the adorable stupid village people who refused to stay safely in their hut. It was a spiritual thing, I think. The PS3 and I have achieved an unlikely friendship thanks to PixelJunk Monsters. Now if they would only get Newsies on Blu-Ray…

-Julia, Texas


Brian PJM

I have two boys, age 9 and 10. We’ve been gaming together for the last five years. We play multiplayer games on our own PCs, such as Team Fortress 2, Battle for Middle Earth, etc. We never really played console games together until I got PixelJunk Monsters.

The first time we all got together in front of the TV and played it was a magical experience. We all sat on the couch together, huddled in front of the TV, playing this amazing game. We’d pass the controllers back and forth, taking turns on alternate levels, laughing, getting frustrated, and high fiving when we finally rainbowed a new level.

It never sunk in how much the game meant until Valentine’s day.

Being newly divorced, Valentine’s Day was difficult for me. I was pretty depressed until my younger son came home from school and gave me an envelope. It was on a day when my ex was going to have the kids for the next three days.

I opened the envelope and there was a hand-made valentine inside. It said:

“Dad, I miss you and can’t wait to play PixelJunk Monsters with you on Monday. Happy Valentine’s Day. Love, Kyle”

-Brian, Michigan


"Pixel" puppy

My wife and I are huuuuge PixelJunk fans. My wife isn’t a “gamer” but she does enjoy games like Zuma, The Sims 2, and Peggle but her all-time favorite game (she said this to me the other day) is PixelJunk Monsters! We had been planning to buy a small dog around the time of the release of PJM and one day while we were playing the name “Pixel” jumped into my mind as the name we would give our future dog. Well we got the dog and she is now named “Pixel.” We play PixelJunk Monsters religiously. In the beginning I would tell my wife where to build and what to do, but now she is the one telling me what to do! She even plays when I’m not home and has almost completed the single-player campaign by herself. Overall PixelJunk Monsters is our favorite game to play together and we will continue to play it. We will never forget this game (we have a constant reminder running around our house everyday) and we hope that you guys enjoyed our story.

-Patrick, Connecticut


OK, that’s it for Part 1. Look for more PixelJunk pics and stories soon!

Still spreading the PixelJunk Love,

Deb Mars

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+ Korlithiel on June 25th, 2008 at 5:06 pm said:

I just wish there was a release for PSP.

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on June 25th, 2008 at 5:07 pm said:

    The game has remote play… so you can play it on your PSP.


+ WestSiide on June 25th, 2008 at 5:07 pm said:

just wondering…..


+ skaterricky on June 25th, 2008 at 5:22 pm said:

@ Jeff
Is there any Games coming out down the Road that will Use the Remote Play again? and if Yes Can you Say what kind they are or describe to me some please I love the Feature it brings to my PS3 and PSP :D
Using my Kratos Red PSP for everything ;)
(Firmware 4.01 :D thansks again)

Love using Remote play every Thursday at my Local McD’s while im on my lunch break from work since i only have 45mins for lunch from working as a Tech Support for HP notebooks !Thank you for Calling HP Total Care My name is Ricky :D

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on June 25th, 2008 at 5:23 pm said:

    Off the top of my head, I know that PixelJunk Eden supports remote play.


+ evilman279 on June 25th, 2008 at 6:11 pm said:

kool love this game


+ evilman279 on June 25th, 2008 at 6:12 pm said:

hey jeff, after pixel junk eden, are you guys going to keep making these fun type of games for psn?


+ Frazz on June 25th, 2008 at 6:20 pm said:

Hey Jeff what is your favorite and least favorite PSN game?

You guys should do bios for yourselves be cool to know a bit more about the people posting here.

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on June 26th, 2008 at 11:24 am said:

    Please, nobody should care about me!

    As far as a favorite, I\’ve spent more time with PJM than any other PSN game. So that would be my answer.


+ DaChinPin on June 25th, 2008 at 7:02 pm said:

This is a normal question so I really want an answer. I love Pixel Junk Monsters. It might just be the best PSN game ever released. But I really wonder if this game will support trophies when 2.4 comes out. Will it have the feature or will it get the feature a little later?

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on June 26th, 2008 at 11:23 am said:

    A valid question, I\’ll pose it to the PJ team.


+ Jeigh on June 25th, 2008 at 7:05 pm said:

Love the PixelJunk series and look forward to everything it has to offer in the future! :D


+ dalejrfanfreak on June 25th, 2008 at 7:06 pm said:

Hey guys, this is Kris in Tennesse (one of the lucky 5). I just wanted to say that I love PixelJunk Monsters and my gf and I will definitely be wearing our shirts this weekend haha. She’s 2 hours away since she’s home from school while I’m stuck here doing summer classes. I just can’t wait to see her this weekend and play pixeljunk monsters Encore with her til early in the morning! It’s really hard to get perfect on some of those maps I tell ya! And Jeff, I’ll send you guys a pic this weekend of her and I in our new shirts. Thanks again! Love the game! :) BTW, I’d definitely be down for a PixelJunk Monsters 2 ;)


+ Stoffinator on June 25th, 2008 at 7:10 pm said:

@ Jeff Rubenstein

Sorry to go off topic, but I see that Sony uses Gmail. I got one asking for information about the shirt I won here for one of the top posters. But some of us who have gotten are worried or recent PSN hijackings. Can you confirm the email addy that was sent out for the shirts?

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on June 26th, 2008 at 11:25 am said:

    I won\’t mention the addy or we\’ll be flooded, but we asked only for mailing address and nothing more. Never, of course, give out any credit card or SSN info – we\’d never ask for it.


+ skaterricky on June 25th, 2008 at 7:12 pm said:

@Jeff The Cool Guy on the Blog ;)

Thank you for the Answer!

(No afence to others just jeff knows how to move a crowd full of gamers haha!)


+ HorizonShadow on June 25th, 2008 at 7:30 pm said:

*sigh* i was never good at PJM…got to the second normal level and couldn’t beat it 0.o


+ senjutsu_dav on June 25th, 2008 at 7:40 pm said:

Bah! Pixel junk monsters is good, but you can’t choose where you build your towers, wich is a let down for me. I like building tower mazes so I’ll stick with desktop tower defence for now. I hope their next game of the genre is going to let us place our towers like DTD! That would be great! :D


+ 40cal on June 25th, 2008 at 8:01 pm said:

Games bringing families together is awesome. Good post.

OT, for some reason I have been looking forward to Thur. this week more than usual? I don’t know why, I just am. :)


+ 40cal on June 25th, 2008 at 8:02 pm said:

Oh, and PixelJunk > Wii. Ha Ha!


+ bazookajoe290 on June 25th, 2008 at 9:42 pm said:

I love pixeljunk monsters. I haven’t played it in a while but its still one of my favorite games.


+ Seba501 on June 25th, 2008 at 9:53 pm said:

PSN Cards plz !!!!!!!!!!


+ TeQuerra on June 25th, 2008 at 10:14 pm said:

PixelJunk Monsters – Its can cure cancer


+ kingv84 on June 26th, 2008 at 2:19 am said:

Great Game, It is a relaxing game, at least for me it is. lol


+ Sentry on June 26th, 2008 at 5:51 am said:

Just reading the stories has gotten me to get up and turn on my PS3 to play some… sadly my sister isn’t here at the moment so I can’t play co-op with her. :(


+ maluraq on June 26th, 2008 at 6:09 am said:

@senjutsu_dav one of the major strategy issues of Pixeljunk is being able to only build towers in specific places. Some maps have very limited options on purpose to make you really plan your attack.

The strategy element is much more involved because of the limited tree options, and therefore the game is much more challenging. Being able to build towers anywhere would reduce the game’s difficulty and appeal dramatically.

PS, still trying to beat the second island … talk about stepping it up :-)


+ JDPoZ on June 26th, 2008 at 7:10 am said:

PixelJunk Monsters is a nice game, but I couldn’t justify buying it because after playing the demo, I found out that it’s nowhere near as feature filled as some of the other FREE “Tower Defense” style games out there.

Once there’s a TD game on the PSN at least as deep as the free flash game “Onslaught,” I’ll consider paying for it.

Now, on to what I REALLY wanted to ask:
Why haven’t you guys gotten Xenogears, Einhander, Resident Evil, or Metal Gear Solid 1 on the US PS Store!!?

THEY ARE ON THE JAPANESE PS STORE! What’s the hold up?! Do you not want my (and tens of thousands of other people’s) money? Answer me please! I love all those games and they are impossible to find now.

P.S. – Also give us “Tobal No. 2” and “Tomba” please.


+ mendezgato on June 26th, 2008 at 8:18 am said:

@ jdpoz 5 dollars mgs1 is coming soon, possibly in 2 weeks time, idk about the other games be patient, on topic great post, JEFF can do you know they’re adding more dlc to pjm soon


+ mendezgato on June 26th, 2008 at 8:26 am said:

suggestion we should be allow to edit our comments, or at least correct them for us, thanks in advance


+ reson8er on June 26th, 2008 at 8:35 am said:

Congrats to all the winners.

Its really nice to see a game that can be enjoyed with members of the family than strictly the *gamer*. Its a testament to this game that it has such broad appeal but still offers a relatively high challenge.


+ Seanscythe2 on June 26th, 2008 at 9:22 am said:

I really wish this game had online multiplayer. I used to play with my sister or dad back home but now that I’m not there anymore we can’t play this game. They have it on their ps3’s but since there is no online coop it’s not as fun.


+ BabeBro on June 26th, 2008 at 9:45 am said:

This game is excellent. I’ve recently purchased it and am currently enjoying it a lot. However, I do have one question. It’s not like I have a problem with the music, but do you guys have plans to implement the “custom soundtrack” option any time soon? It’s an excellent feature and would only enhance this game’s wonderful experience.


+ crazypenguin on June 26th, 2008 at 10:02 am said:

pixel junk monsters, i liked it, but once again, i have problems getting games i like lately since…well…you know…THERE ARE NO PSN CARDS! so the games i already bought (pain, high velocity bowling, calling all cars, loco roco corocheo) are the only ones i’ll have till those cards are out! i really should have planned my purchases more carefully, DARN YOU LOCO ROCO COROCHEO (fun game, just better on psp)


+ lalo1194 on June 26th, 2008 at 10:23 am said:



+ mendezgato on June 26th, 2008 at 10:42 am said:

how come only some people get answers and some never do?


+ Fersis on June 26th, 2008 at 10:55 am said:

@67 mendezgato
ha, the cruelty of life son… the cruelty of life.

PSN ID: Fersis , add me for some MGO teamplay battles


+ ThanatosDMC on June 26th, 2008 at 4:09 pm said:

Julia’s story is the same with my girlfriend… First, PixelJunk Monsters and now she’s hogging the PS3 all to herself since she fell in love with Oblivion!


+ TristanMike on June 27th, 2008 at 8:21 am said:

Hey, thanks for opening this contest up to your Canadian counterparts.


I’m glad the only game I bought from you was the Racers game. I’m also glad I supported the Eye of Judgment more, as they can actually open a contest up to Canadians….again, we’re only about 33 Million people. :/


+ saintfighteraqua on July 8th, 2008 at 1:38 pm said:

I would love to see an update for Pixel Junk monsters that allows a mode of play where you can unlock all towers. I love this game! But it sure is hard!
Please add custom soundtracks soon too!!
And maybe customizable characters, that would be fun. Me and my friends are so addicted.


+ Kedaro on July 23rd, 2008 at 4:38 pm said:

Pixeljunk Monsters would be that much more impressive if you could listen to your own music, and earn Trophies, while kickin’ critter bottom.

My Wife, & Kids, and I are victims of PJMonsters.


+ warezIbanez on June 25th, 2008 at 1:11 pm said:

PixelJunk Monsters is pretty awesome, it’s funny how you have to dance to get your towers leveled up. It’s one of the most difficult tower defense games for sure.


+ VenomX on June 25th, 2008 at 1:12 pm said:

Cool, it’s been awhile since I played this game.

Can’t wait to get my hands on PixelJunk Eden. I’m really looking forward to that game!


+ yunier91 on June 25th, 2008 at 1:13 pm said:

i like the dog.

and 2nd


+ maluraq on June 25th, 2008 at 1:16 pm said:

Good stuff, I really wish this contest had been open to residents of Canada though. We like Pixeljunk too.


+ Enedok on June 25th, 2008 at 1:19 pm said:

Yeah, I played coop with my sister. She loves it to. Too much.

PLz… Let me play MGS4 alone without you disturbing me!!! D:

“Whats that there coming over the hill? Is it a Monster? Is it a Monster?”



+ gardea on June 25th, 2008 at 1:21 pm said:

Good stories.

I think PJM can really build strong relationships with family members and friends, since it requires a lot of teamwork. The other person just had to like it though, some people I’ve tried playing with don’t enjoy playing PJM :(


+ Fersis on June 25th, 2008 at 1:23 pm said:

Ok, so i really need a girlfriend to get those rainbows.
Lovely and hard game.
so… any girl interested ?


+ vandam on June 25th, 2008 at 1:24 pm said:

Just wanted so say 1 thing Remote play via PS3 to PSP EVERY GAME ON PSN SHOULD BE LIKE THAT!!!!


+ Stoffinator on June 25th, 2008 at 1:33 pm said:

Congrats to all the winners.

One of the best PSN games out there. Tough to boot too!


+ Scodo_Thope on June 25th, 2008 at 1:49 pm said:

This game is so cool, I found myself every now and then doing the monster dance!


Nice dog but, I am leaning toward feline :)


+ Seanscythe2 on June 25th, 2008 at 1:49 pm said:

just a question, will PJM have trophy support when we get 2.4? I know it’s a little off topic but it would be sweet to have them in this game. And I hope I don’t have to beat the levels again to get them.


+ skaterricky on June 25th, 2008 at 1:51 pm said:

@8 vandam

I agree with you on that one.

PS3 and PSP Remote Play for PSN game will be a great addition to things.

I enjoy laying in bed sometimes and playing the demo of PJM.

At least the simple game need it ;)

enjoy Hump day everyone! :D


+ skynidas on June 25th, 2008 at 2:06 pm said:

Nice stories, they were really fun to read


+ Ed187 on June 25th, 2008 at 2:06 pm said:

Are you new here?


+ tretle on June 25th, 2008 at 2:19 pm said:

Could someone reply to comments, its getting too quiet :D :P

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on June 25th, 2008 at 2:28 pm said:

    Hi? I didn\’t see a question…

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