THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
I HAVE EMERGED FROM MY BLOG HOLE TO DO FREE PR FOR A VIDEO GAME.
PID IS COMING TO NINTENDO SWITCH.
THIS IS NOT A DAY I SAW COMING.
BECAUSE PID IS A VERY OBSCURE GAME FROM A VERY SMALL DEVELOPER.
BUT SOMEONE IN SOME BOARD ROOM SOMEWHERE MUST LOVE ME, SPECIFICALLY, BECAUSE
PID IS COMING TO NINTENDO SWITCH THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH.
Alright listen, if you haven’t heard of Pid, and I know you haven’t, let me give you a quick rundown and hopefully convince you to purchase and fall in love with the game as deeply as I did back in the day.
Pid is a tiny little action platformer about a little boy who’s trying to get home. Your main gimmick, apart from the usual platformer stuff like running and jumping, and some standard video game fare like bombs, is the ability to throw little pellets of light that stick to surfaces and create these anti-gravity pillars, kind of like reverse tractor beams, that let you reach higher heights, float across gaps and past enemies, and even affect objects in the world. I know, I know, you’re already hooked, but where the game really shines is in its presentation.
The game has this storybook art style that makes it feel like you’re playing through some beautiful book you read and loved as a kid, but forgot about. Every inch of the game’s world and UI, right down to its menus, is some lovely combination of beautiful and functional.
And that soundtrack! This is the real kicker for me. It’s the reason I fell in love with the game when it was released on Steam literally 10 years ago (woof) during the indie boom. As I type this, I’m realizing that a game’s soundtrack is often the number one reason I come to love a game (warts and all, much of the time). I dunno, I guess I’m just a sucker for some good tunes. And Pid delivers a gorgeous collection of jazzy tunes from Retro Family that I still throw on all the time while I’m working.
I’ve actually blogged about Pid’s soundtrack here before, while talking about one of my favorite musical motifs that I don’t know the name of or if there is a name for it at all. My example was this, my favorite track from Pid’s soundtrack:
In conclusion, play Pid. Please buy and play Pid. I don’t care what you spend your money on most of the time, capitalism is a fucking grift. And I know the big new Pokémon game is coming out on literally the same day. But I love this tiny little Scandinavian video game studio, and I’m so happy they’re still around making their weird little games. And I love Pid. Spare a thought for the little guy this Pokémon Day, and maybe you will too!