STAFF REVIEW of Pid (Xbox 360 Arcade)

Thursday, November 15, 2012.
by Brent Roberts

Pid Box art Have you ever had one of those days where you wanted to get home, but for whatever reason, your space ship bus driver dumps you off at the wrong planet and your day just keeps getting worse and worse and all you want to do is just get back home? Neither have we. Apparently though Kurt is one of the unluckiest kids in video games because his day just started off bad and then the bottom kicks out and sends him on an adventure to get back home, but along the way he gets caught up in a conflict that threatens the machine residents who apparently can't fight off the evil around them. This is the nutshell for Might and Delight's debut platforming title Pid. Time now to fire up our beams of light and energy and shoot for the stars as we launch this review of Pid.

The heart and soul of any platformer has to rely on the game mechanics. The ability to challenge the gamer while still allowing them to enjoy not only the aesthetics, but the deeper aspects of Pid is a central focus in this game. The play controls allow for a very easy pick up and play feel, however sometimes they feel a bit sluggish and when you are traversing multiple different moving traps that can kill you in one hit, which could pose some issues. Along the way you will come across different puzzles and enemies that you must find inventive ways of dispatching to free your path. Some of the puzzles you face will require some depth of thought and even though there will be times of controller breaking frustration, there will also be many times of a great sense of accomplishment. Pid represents a growing trend of phenomenal platformers that balance challenging levels, simplistic controls, and an addiction to finally achieving victory.

Throughout the varying regions of Pid, your eyes are treated to an ocular sensation of overwhelming beauty. Each area is treated separately but they all provide a staggeringly gorgeous backdrop amongst the stars. While the character modeling is quite simplistic, it's in this simplicity that we find a visual cohesive gel that helps you visualize that you are indeed on this planet.

While the visual beauty of Pid is brilliant, the same can't be said for the sound unfortunately. If you can imagine a futuristic jazz style loop playing over and over again, you'll quickly understand the audio similarities in Pid. While the loop itself is done well, the amount of repetition will drive the riff deep into your mind, where you'll be hearing it in your head after you've shut the game off. The sounds themselves do differ in between the levels, however, it's a loop and nothing more which is sad when you think of the amazing sounds that you do get to hear. On top of that the voice acting is replaced with spoken gibberish, but I feel that serves as a double edged sword. On one hand, you don't have to pay voice actors and risk hearing some horrible overacted lines; but on the other hand, going with just a silent pop up dialogue screen would give gamers a classic RPG style feeling which would go a long way in helping this game.

Overall, you could say that the platforming genre has delivered some top quality entertainment, for fractions of the cost of some retail titles, and Pid is another entry in this short list of arcade greatness. For 800 MS points, Pid provides another amazing entry into the platforming/puzzle solving genre, however, is it worth it? Sadly no. The control scheme while good, could be tighter and more responsive, and the sound could use some touching up, however, if this title ever goes on sale, it is without question a must have if you enjoy platforming/puzzle solving games.

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 7.8 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10


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