Pid Review
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Pid Box Art
System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360*
Dev: Might and Delight
Pub: Might and Delight
Release: October 31, 2012
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Cartoon Violence

The controls here are a bit looser than I would have preferred. They’re not as “floaty” as something like, say, LittleBigPlanet, but don’t expect an über-refined Super Meat Boy-like control experience. At the same time, though, the controls work well enough that they shouldn’t hinder your progression all that much.

Now, I often feel like indie development studios have a much deeper understanding of sound than a lot of mid-level developers do, and Pid stands as a great example of why I feel this way. Pid just sounds great. It’s not an incredibly complex palette of sound effects or anything, but it’s how sound is used throughout the game that reveals just how passionate Might and Delight is when it comes to audio.

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For example, there’s one part where you must explore a gigantic, mazelike cavern. There’s this lonely saxophone melody playing the entire time, and as you move closer to the source of the sound, it becomes clearer; as you move further away from it, it becomes more echoed. Not only is this a neat effect, but it gives you an audio cue that helps you get your bearing in an area that could otherwise become frustrating. And once you reach the source of the sound, you meet a lonely saxophonist who’s trapped in the maze; what you thought was just background noise ends up being a diegetic audio element.

Also, the sound of Kurt walking on the clay tiles of the rooftops is my new favorite footstep sound effect in gaming.

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Pid is a clever little indie title that looks great, sounds great, and provides a decent challenge. Sure, there’s currently an almost overwhelming deluge of triple-A blockbusters due to the holiday gaming season, but don’t let that distract you from the indie goodness that is Pid.

By
Josh Wirtanen
Editor / Social Media
Date: November 12, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Pid has a great aesthetic; it’s lighthearted and dreamlike.
3.8
Control
Not as precise as I would have liked, but they work well enough.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Might and Delight, along with Retro Family, truly understands what game audio should be.
4.0
Play Value
Multiple ways to use your gravity beam to explore the game’s stages and a wealth of well-hidden secrets just might make this worth a replay or two.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Pid is a platform adventure game in which the player is given a rich set of features that he must use and combine to survive in the world. A wide variety of fast paced action, puzzles and precision platforming forces the player to creatively master the tools at hand. Gameplay situations can always be solved in tons of alternative ways and the rich contrast between the different locations challenges the player to adapt to enemies that demands new strategies and methods.
  • The core feature in Pid allows players to manipulate a powerful force that can be used to maneuver around the levels in thousands of unique ways. To top it off, it completely changes the way you maneuver within a 2d world. It's also used to move enemies and objects, deflect bullets, activate machinery and change level layouts. Mastering the use of this core feature will turn everything you know about platforming upside down.
  • In Pid, two players can experience the adventure together. In coop-mode, players are expected to truly cooperate in order to safely advance through the levels. Both are highly dependent on the other, and even if friendly cooperation is a must, there is plenty of room to wildly compete and test your retro skills against your friends.
  • During the course of the game, players will experience a lovely and very special soundtrack composed and recorded by Retro Family - a small group of studio musicians that focuses on tailored music for games, films, dance and theater.


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