Best Pixel Art Games for PC for 2021

Pixel art games on PC have remained a huge amount of fun over the last few years because of there retro aesthetic and nostalgic style! We have a list of the best 8bit and 16bit pixel games for PC. These video games are full of action, stories, exploring and more. Check out our selections below:

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley  is a vast and open RPG game for PC, Mac, Linux. In the game you inherit your grandfather’s old farm plot in a place called Stardew Valley. Equiped with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness! The game is packed with story content and new areas to explore. And now Stardew Valley also includes a Multiplayer update for users on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox, PS4, and Switch.

Features:
  • Over 5 different map layouts to build your dream farm on
  • Loads of tasks including raising animals, growing crops, building machines and more!
  • Many characters with unique personalities to interact with
  • Customize the look of your very own farmer to make them match your style
  • Explore different areas with hazards and treastures
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintentdo Switch
Price: $14.99
Get the Game: Stardew Valley

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Terraria

Terraria

Terraria is a unique pixel art style rpg game where you can create your own path by making decisions while you play. In the game you can choose your own destiny by fighting for survival, fortune, and glory. Explore cavernous expanses, search for new foes, or even build your very own city. In the World of Terraria, the choice is yours!

Features:
  • Over 400 enemies to battle against for treasure
  • 20 different biomes and mini-biomes to explore
  • Play with up to 7 different friends on local wifi or online
  • Complete gamepad support with the ability to customize the buttons
  • Vast array of different world sizes with the ability to create random worlds
  • Craft different items to help you in your story
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4
Price: $9.99
Get the Game: Terraria


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Celeste

Celeste

Celeste is pixel adventure game powered by a unique narrative created by Matt Makes Games and Extremely OK Games. In the game help the main character Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this exciting platformer. The controls are simple and easy to use. Simply jump, air-dash, and climb - but with layers of expressive depth to master, every death is a lesson. Super-fast respawns keep you climbing as you uncover the mysteries of the mountain and brave its many perils.

Features:
  • Powerful narrative-driven, single-player adventure with a unique cast of characters and a touching story
  • Over 700 screens of hardcore platforming challenges
  • Advanced difficulty B-side chapters to unlock
  • Award winning music soundtrack
  • Super tight game controls for pixel perfect gameplay
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Price: $19.99
Get the Game: Celeste

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Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight - Treasure Trove is the full and complete edition of Shovel Knight game series created by Yacht Club Games. Packed with super fun gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro pixel art design! Run, jump, and battle as Shovel Knight using the epic Shovel Blade in an action packed quest. On your journey, take down the nefarious knights of the Order of No Quarter and confront their menacing leader, The Enchantress. With Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, you get it all the features including the ability to play with a friend in Shovel of Hope’s cooperative campaign, test your mettle in full-featured challenge modes, battle together in Showdown, and change the game with Body Swap mode. Uphold the virtues of Shovelry, earn relics and riches, and discover the true meaning of shovel justice!

Features:
  • Beautiful retro style pixel art graphics
  • Packed with several great soundtracks from artists such as Jake Kaufman
  • Lots of amazing characters and super tough bosses
  • Unique Challenge Mode with over 100 full featured challenges
  • Super creative body swap that lets you create your very own character
  • Play with friends in Co-op mode
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Price: $39.99

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Sparklite

Sparkle

Sparklite is an action-packed adventure game developed by Red Blue Games. In this fun top-down game the world around you is always completely unique as it is powered by a procedurally generated world. In the game you can get access to gadgets, gear and different items you can use to battle enemies throughout the land. Among the numerous challenges you'll face you will also duke it out with highly skilled bosses. Along the journey you will also be able to make new friends by talking to the different characters in the village. The game can be completed in single player mode as well as Co-op mode with a friend.

Features:
  • Stunning pixel art graphics
  • Comes with a original soundtrack by composer Dale North
  • Procedurally generated worlds, so no game is the same
  • Collect items, collectibles and more throughout the game
  • Battle tons of bosses and challenging enemies
  • Play using Single player or Multiplayer in Co-op mode
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Price: $24.99
Get the Game: Sparklite

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Fez

Fez

Fez is fun pixel art platformer game for PC. In the game you are Gomez, a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he? When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space. Use your ability to navigate 3D structures from 4 distinct classic 2D perspectives.

Features:
  • Innovative mix of 2D and 3D gameplay
  • Fun and delightful pixel art graphics
  • Tons of puzzles and challenges throughout the game
  • Simple and easy to master controls
Supported Platforms: Windows
Price: $9.99
Get the Game: Fez

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Starbound

Starbound

Starbound is a unique 2D sidescroller game for PC. In Starbound, you create your own story - there’s no wrong way to play! You may choose to save the universe from the forces that destroyed your home, uncovering greater galactic mysteries in the process, or you may wish to forego a heroic journey entirely in favor of colonizing uncharted planets. Settle down and farm the land, become an intergalactic landlord, hop from planet to planet collecting rare creatures, or delve into dangerous dungeons and lay claim to extraordinary treasures. Discover ancient temples and modern metropolises, trees with eyes, and mischievous penguins. Make use of hundreds of materials and over two thousand objects to build a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, a medieval castle, underwater arcade, or even a space station.

Features:
  • Amazingly designed pixel art scenes
  • New procedurally-generated quests
  • Brand new quests and cutscenes!
  • New generated criminal hideout micro-dungeons
  • 4 new music tracks by Starbound composer Curtis Schweitzer
  • New furniture, objects, costumes, weapons, and more!
Supported Platforms: Windows
Price: $14.99
Get the Game: Starbound

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Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery

Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery is an exploratory action adventure with an emphasis on audiovisual style. Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries. Co-operate with friends via Twitter, experience a videogame world that is affected by moon phases & help a wandering warrior monk complete her woeful errand.

Features:
  • Gorgeous pixel art visuals
  • Custom Soundtrack by Jim Guthrie
  • Simple Point and Click Controls
Supported Platforms: Windows
Price: $7.99
Get the Game: Superbrothers

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Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon is a top-down shooter game where you are a dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past. Select a hero [or team up in co-op] and battle your way to the bottom of the Gungeon by surviving a challenging and evolving series of floors filled with the dangerously adorable Gundead and fearsome Gungeon bosses armed to the teeth. Gather precious loot, discover hidden secrets, and chat with opportunistic merchants and shopkeepers to purchase powerful items to gain an edge.

Features:
  • Action-packed gameplay
  • Several unique heroes to choose from
  • Unlock dozens of weapons and abilities to help you on your journey
  • Custom Soundtrack
Supported Platforms: Windows
Price: $14.99
Get the Game: Enter the Gungeon

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Wizard of Legend

Wizard of Legend

Wizard of Legend is a fast paced dungeon crawler with rogue-like elements that emphasizes dynamic magical combat. Quick movement and even quicker use of spells will allow you to chain spells together to unleash devastating combinations against your enemies! Battle your way through each challenge by defeating powerful conjured enemies! Collect valuable spells and relics and build up your magical arsenal to fit your playstyle! Achieve mastery over magic by chaining spells together to create devastating combinations! Face and defeat council members in magical combat to become a Wizard of Legend!

Features:
  • Incredible pixel art graphics and animations
  • Hundreds of Unlockable Spells
  • Local Co-op Mode
  • Procedurally Generated Levels for unique gameplay
  • Gamepad and Controller Support
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Price: $15.99
Get the Game: Wizard of Legend

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TowerFall Ascension

TowerFall Ascension

TowerFall Ascension is the definitive version of the hit archery combat game. Inspired by classics from the golden age of couch multiplayer, it's a 4-player local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but hard to master and combat is fierce. Loot treasure chests for game-changing power-ups, master the art of catching arrows out of the air, or descend on your foes and stomp them into submission. TowerFall is best played competitively with friends, cross-legged on the floor within punching distance of each other.

Features:
  • 50+ Unique Versus Arenas
  • New 1-2 Player Quest Mode
  • Up to 8 Unlockable Characters
  • Tons of Hidden Secrets and Surprises to Discover
  • Huge List of Variants to Customize Matches
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS
Price: $14.99
Get the Game: TowerFall Ascension

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The Escapists 2

The Escapists 2

The Escapists 2 is fast-action, break out game. Craft, Steal, Brawl and Escape! It’s time to bust out of the toughest prisons in the world as you return to the life of an inmate in The Escapists 2, now with multiplayer! Have you got what it takes to escape?

Features:
  • Hundreds of Unique Characters to Play with
  • Fun, New Multiplayer Mode
  • Local Co-op Mode for Playing with Friends
  • Local Versus Mode for Playing Against Friends 
  • Craft and Collect over 250 Items
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS
Price: $19.99
Get the Game: The Escapists 2

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Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is an immersive RPG game with tons of content and secrets. Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16­bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale. Drifters of this world are the collectors of forgotten knowledge, lost technologies and broken histories. Our Drifter is haunted by an insatiable illness, traveling further into the lands of Buried Time, hoping to discover a way to quiet the vicious disease.

Features:
  • Hand Drawn Backgrounds and Animations
  • Easy to Pick up and Play, but Full of Challenging Gameplay
  • Dozens of Weapon Upgrades
  • Discover New Equipment to use on your Journey
  • Full Controller Support
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS
Price: $19.99
Get the Game: Hyper Light Drifter

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Broforce

Broforce

Broforce is side-scrolling run-and-gun platform video game. When evil threatens the world, the world calls on Broforce - an under-funded, over-powered paramilitary organization dealing exclusively in excessive force. Brace your loins with up to four players to run ‘n’ gun as dozens of different bros and eliminate the opposing terrorist forces that threaten our way of life. Unleash scores of unique weapons and set off incredible chain reactions of fire, napalm, and limbs in the name of freedom. 

Features:
  • Dozens of Character to Choose from with Unique Weapons
  • Co-op and Versus Modes to play with Friends
  • Unique Time Attack Mode
  • Everything in the game is Destructible
  • Built-In Level Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS
Price: $14.99
Get the Game: Broforce

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Undertale

Undertale

Undertale is a 2D role-playing game. In this RPG, you control a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Now you must find your way out... or stay trapped forever. Overcome various monsters on your journey back to the surface.

Features:
  • Original Art and Soundtrack
  • Humerous and Unique Story line
  • Unique Battle System
  • Remote Play on Phone and Tablet
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Price: $9.99
Get the Game: Undertale

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Dead Cells

Dead Cells

Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, metroidvania inspired, action-platformer. You'll explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle... assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers in 2D souls-lite combat. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat.

Features:
  • Explore Dozens of Secret Rooms and Hidden Passages
  • More Than 50+ Weapons to Battle with
  • Special Permanent Abilities to Unlock
  • Cloud Save and Achievements with Steam
  • Gamepad and Controller Support
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Price: $24.99
Get the Game: Dead Cells

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OneShot

OneShot

OneShot is a surreal top down Puzzle/Adventure game with unique gameplay capabilities. You are to guide a character through a mysterious world on a mission to restore its long-dead sun. The world knows you exist.

Features:
  • Unique Puzzle Game Mechanics and Capabilities
  • Haunting Original Soundtrack
  • IndieCade Finalist
  • Steam Cloud and Achievement Support
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS
Price: $9.99
Get the Game: OneShot

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Pixel Worlds

Pixel Worlds

Pixel Worlds is a free to play online mmo sandbox indie game that let’s you create, play, craft and build. Have unique adventures, get gems, play with friends, get friends along the way and collect items to show off! Join millions of other players in this free to play online multiplatform MMO sandbox adventure and be a part of the friendly online community.

Features:
  • Create Your Own World with Unique Blocks and Resources
  • Customize Your Own Character with Hats, Shirts, Masks and More!
  • Explore Dungeons to find new Items and Gems
  • Play For Free Online Against other Players
  • Vast Community
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
Price: FREE
Get the Game: Pixel Worlds

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To The Moon

To The Moon

To The Moon is an adventure RPG game that draws you deep into the story of main character. In the game you help an elderly patient live the dream they never had by unraveling the mysteries of their past. This Google Play Editor's Choice is full of secrets and story line that will keep you glued to the screen.

Features:
  • Immersive and Unique Storyline
  • Incredible Pixel Art Graphics
  • Original Soundtrack
  • Google Play Editor's Choice
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android
Price: $9.99
Get the Game: To The Moon

Kingdom: New Lands

Kingdom: New Lands

Kingdom: New Lands builds upon the award-winning gameplay and mystery of Kingdom by introducing an abundance of new content to the IGF-nominated title while maintaining the simplicity and depth that legions of monarchs have come to experience and enjoy. Travel to the New Lands and welcome the deluge of new mounts, merchants, and vagrants that call these isles home, but be wary of the new obstacles that threaten your arrival -- for not just the greedy creatures block your way but even the environment itself can defeat you.

Features:
  • Stunning pixel art graphics and animations
  • Well Crafted Story Line
  • Simple gameplay with tons of Secrets to Unlock
  • Dozens of Different Lands to Explore
  • Gamepad and Controller Support
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS
Price: $14.99
Get the Game: Kingdom: New Lands

Owlboy

Owlboy

Owlboy is a story-driven platform adventure game, where you can fly and explore a brand new world in the clouds! Pick up your friends, and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome obstacles and greater enemies, in one of the most detailed adventures of this era.

Features:
  • Large Dungeons to Play in and Explore
  • Challenging Boss Battles
  • Play with different Characters that offer Unique Battle Abilities
  • Incredibly Detailed Pixel Art Graphics
  • Full Controller Support
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Price: $24.99
Get the Game: Owlboy

Disgaea

Disgaea

Disgaea is a unique top-down rag game. Disgaea takes place two years after the death of his father, Overlord Krichevskoy, the demon prince Laharl awakens to discover that the Netherworld is in turmoil. With unlikely allies, his devious vassal Etna and the angel trainee Flonne, he must battle his way to supremacy to retake the throne and become the next Overlord. Experience the SRPG classic, now on PC!

Features:
  • Choose from over 40 Unique Characters
  • Incredible Battle Animations
  • Explore a Randomly Generated Dungeon World
  • Steam Features including Achievements and Cloud Save
  • Keyboard, Mouse and Controller Support
Supported Platforms: Windows
Price: $14.99
Get the Game: Disgaea

Katana Zero

Katana Zero

Katana Zero is an action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display. Overcome your opposition however the situation requires. Deflect gunfire back at foes, dodge oncoming attacks, and manipulate enemies and environments with traps and explosives. Leave no survivors.Each level is uniquely designed for countless methods of completion. Defeat foes creatively, using spontaneous approaches to eliminate your enemy as you see fit. An enigmatic story told through cinematic sequences woven into the gameplay, twisting and folding to an unexpected conclusion.

Features:
  • Fast Action Gameplay
  • Clever Story Line
  • Gorgeous Pixel Art Graphics and Animations
  • Steam Achievement Built In
  • Full Controller Support
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS
Price: $14.99
Get the Game: Katana Zero

Risk of Rain

Risk of Rain

Risk of Rain is an action platformer with roguelike elements available for a variety of platforms. With permanent death as a primary feature, players will have to play their best to get as far as possible. Fight on a mysterious planet with randomly spawning enemies and bosses, either alone or with 3 friends in online co-op. With over 100 items at your disposal, you will find the tools you need to find the teleporter back home. Discover a myriad of randomly chosen stages, from the desolate forest to the frozen tundra. 

Features:
  • Play in Local and Online Multiplayer Mode with Friends and the World
  • Unlock and Choose from 12 Unique Characters
  • Battles Tons of different Enemies and Bosses
  • Explore 10 Massive Levels with different Secrets
  • Unlock New Items and Characters through Achievements
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch
Price: $9.99
Get the Game: Risk of Rain

Pixel Force 2

Pixel Force 2

Pixel Force 2 is the successor to the popular Android game PixelForce. It offers a brand new engine, updated weapons and new worlds! Grab the weapon of your choice once again and blast your way through exciting new levels! Complete them to earn money in order to upgrade your weapons and to buy more powerful items! Unlock achievements by completing various tasks with increasing difficulty!
Play the Arena mode and see if you can break the highscores of your friends!

Features:
  • Over 95 Levels to Play
  • 3 Unique Worlds to Battle In
  • 6 Characters to Choose From
  • 100+ Weapon Mods
  • Over 60 Unique Power-ups in the Game
Supported Platforms: Android
Price: FREE
Get the Game: Pixel Force 2

Duck Game

Duck Game

Duck Game is a fast action shooter game. Enter the futuristic year of 1984, an age where ducks run wild in a frantic battle for glory. Win over the crowd and gain a following by blasting your feathered friends with Shotguns, Net Guns, Mind Control Rays, Saxophones, Magnet Guns, and pretty much anything else a duck could use as a weapon. One hit and you're roasted. This is DUCK GAME. Don't blink.

Features:
  • Play Local or Online Multiplayer with up to 8 Players
  • 100+ Levels and over 50+ Weapons
  • Also Comes with a Single Player Challenge Mode
  • Create Your Own Levels with a Built-in Level Editor
  • Easy to Pickup Gameplay
Supported Platforms: Windows
Price: $12.99
Get the Game: Duck Game

The Last Door

The Last Door

The Last Door contains four terrifying episodes of occult and otherworldly horror inviting you to investigate Victorian England's deepest, darkest secret. Featuring new scenes and puzzles, enhanced graphics, unlockable bonuses, and remastered sound. Explore ancient manors, decaying tenements, and twisting underground warrens with little but a lamp and magnifying glass to guide you. Dare you open The Last Door: Collector's Edition?

Features:
  • Four Unique and Suspenseful episodes
  • Enhanced Pixel Art Graphics
  • Single Player Mode
  • Dozens of New Scenes and Puzzles to Solve
  • Equipped with Steam Achievements
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS
Price: $9.99
Get the Game: The Last Door

Relic Hunters Zero: Remix

Relic Hunters Zero

Relic Hunters Zero: Remix is a new remaster of the hit game Relic Hunters Zero, where you are blasting evil space ducks and turtles with tiny cute guns. It’s fast, it’s tactical, and feels deliciously smooth to play. You can even play with friends locally. Unlock new weapons, characters and relics to defeat the Ducan Commander! 

Features:
  • Choose from 7 Unique Characters
  • Multiple Game Modes to Play including Adventure Mode and Endless Mode
  • Local Co-op Multiplayer Mode
  • Tons of Enemies and Mini Bosses to Defeat
  • Different weapons and power ups to pick from
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS
Price: FREE

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