PAX South 2015: The Adventures of Pip
Last year, after a successful Kickstarter, The Adventures of Pip has begun to make the rounds at various events. I went hands-on with the game at PAX South, and I walked away with it being one of the highlights of the show for me.
The Adventures of Pip is a side-scrolling platformer that takes place in a kingdom made of pixels. The more pixels you have, the more luxurious life you lead. The story begins when the Skeleton Queen appears and devours all of the pixels in the kingdom. The Queen steals the princess and a single pixel named Pip is brave enough to try and save the day.
The adventure begins as a single pixel, but the further you progress through the world, you will evolve into an 8-bit character that can sprint and wall jump. Later you evolve into a 16-bit character that is less agile, but can carry a sword. A twist however, is that to progress through some sections, Pip will need to devolve back into his former selves. A wall jump may be needed, so only the 8-bit version can progress, or a gap may be only small enough for the single pixel Pip to progress. Using each character’s different abilities can lead to a lot of puzzle opportunities, and so far developer Tic Toc Games has taken advantage of those opportunities.
Throughout the level, there was a lot of variety to the platforming. The devolving and evolving mechanics are a fresh change of pace from standard fare that most games showcase. At times, blocks may need to be destroyed to progress. The only way to destroy the blocks is by devolving. When devolving, Pip emits a blast of energy that can destroy the blocks around him.
Overall, I loved what I played at PAX South and enjoyed the different mechanics that are already sewn together very well by Tic Toc Games. The game will release on PS4 and look for its release in May of this year.
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