Pixel Raiders #1: Dig World by Bajo & Hex, illustrated by Chris Kennett (Scholastic Australia) PB RRP $9.99
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop
When Rip and Mei discover they are trapped inside a new virtual reality game, they realise they will have to work together to win each level if they ever want to get back to their own reality. In the computer game world they are made of pixels and need to make shelter, grow food and ward off enemy attacks in order to survive.
Combining text and illustrations with fast intense chapters and gaming speak, Dig World achieves the feel of being inside a computer game which will greatly appeal to the many young readers who understand and appreciate the intricacies of game play.
Adventure, danger, good versus evil and the high stakes of survival are all integral to the plot. Written by well-known games reviewers Bajo and Hex from the ABC TV show, Good Games, Pixel Raider is bound to be a popular new series among young gamers between the ages of 8 and 12 years.