Adventures Of Pip Review (Nintendo Switch)

You play as Pip, who despite the fact that he is only one pixel in a world full of 32-bit characters, is the only one brave enough to stand up to the Skeleton Queen and rescue the kidnapped princess.

Pros:

  • Cutesy pixel art graphics.
  • 506mb download size.
  • 3 save slots.
  • Tutorial signs as you play.
  • Own in-game achievements.
  • World map level select.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • Can change between a character and a pixel block at will.
  • Secret areas and routes.
  • Simple easy to learn controls.
  • Checkpoints throughout levels.
  • Autosaves.
  • Three save slots with copy and delete options.
  • Collect pixels from enemies. Pixels is your currency.
  • Retro atmosphere.
  • Can skip cutscenes if you wish.
  • Play as Pip who can freely change between a boy and a single pixel. Hit a special common enemy to turn back into a boy.
  • As a pixel, you have higher jumps that can float and fit in tight platforms. As a boy, you can wall jump and punch things.
  • Main village hub where you can unlock further stores to buy and upgrade your character.
  • World map screen akin to the Super Mario games.
  • Rescue villagers throughout the levels to increase your level completion rank.
  • Chests littered throughout.
  • Secret areas and shortcuts can be found.
  • A wide selection of enemy types.
  • Enemies respawn upon death.
  • Huge massive boss fights that take up the whole screen.
  • Lovely somber soundtrack with some booming beats for boss fights.
  • Very pick up and play and accessible to new players.

Cons:

  • wall jumping is a bit awkward as you really struggle to just climb up a tiny lip of a platform.
  • Being able to morph into a pixel whenever is cool but the placement of enemies to revert back is not always ideal.
  • Needs more checkpoints especially in boss fights.
  • Difficulty spikes happen when you least expect it.
  • Earning enough pixels to buy items is a slow process.
  • Slow starter.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7/10

Summary

Adventures of Pip is a curious title as it has the appearance of a retro game, It definitely uses the difficulty of retro games yet has a lot of other more modern games injected into it. Now the task for the developer is can they pull it off? I mean on paper it looks like just another generic ” I wanna be retro” platformer? Well after a day of play and countless tantrums and pad throwing I can announce that game is brilliant fun! If you want a summary where I use other games to describe it then that’s easy. It got the RPG nature of Zelda, The platforming prowess of Metroid games, The map of Super Mario Brothers, and the boss fights of a Castlevania game. It is a well tidy little package where it will reward your efforts but punishes your mistakes, Very much an innocent looking game with devilishly difficult undertones. All gamers alike will love the world to explore, The secrets to find and the bosses to defeat. Wonderful.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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