Wednesday, November 7, 2012

pid (PS3) - First Impressions

Enough about electronics, let's talk about gaming (even though my pageviews have increased to 12k since I started posting about electronics -- thanks!!)

pid is a nifty platformer-type puzzle game. You can get the (somewhat long) trial on the PSS. If you're into that kind of game, keep reading. You'll want to know about this game.

Let's go through the whole process. Downloading and installing the game is pretty quick and painless (I personally took a trip to reddit while the 10 minutes passed). Then you get to the game menu and scroll down to it.

The screen turns into a nice little scene of two characters in a bus stop, it seems. It's blurred and rather artistic. Then the music plays, and I must say the orchestration and melody are quite nice. After listening to that on loop for nine hours (it really is a nice piece), you should then actually play the game.

The ESRB 10+ rating appears, then the main developer, Might and Delight, shows its simple logo. The main menu is rather simple: the word 'pid' in pink on a purple background. You press start, choose start game, and choose players and difficulty. After a simple loading screen with jsut the word loading and some dots, the game starts.

Your character, Kurt, wakes up and moves some lumber off of his body. You start in a cave, where one can assume Kurt fell into and had rubble atop him. The background music begins, which is quiet ambient synthesized pads, with water dropping and the occasional djembe-like drum playing. Then you move around.

The controls are simple: left stick moves and squats (by holding it down), X is jump, triangle is use objects, and select is your inventory. The first few levels shows you this. After that, it's all puzzles.

In the game, you must essentially move Kurt around to get him to various locations to continue to the next puzzle. This is done in the beginning by means of Beams, which last about 15 seconds and move Kurt wherever they point (opposite of the surface it is placed upon). You can use keys to unlock doors, use bombs to remove enemies, and other fun things.

I'll be totally honest, I'm not much of a puzzle platformer, but I like this game. I'm not going to go into a full review of the game as this is just a first impressions post, but after playing it for a while, I'd definitely recommend getting the game. Well, get the trial first, just in case you don't like it.

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