Review: Pity Pit (PlayStation 4)

Dig Dug meets Downwell! Dig your doom, save Gwendoline from the Devil Johnson! 2D platforming, digging, ores, crafting, bombs!!

Pros:

  • 8 Bit looking graphics.
  • 38.42mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Dug Dug/Mr. Driller inspired gameplay.
  • The high score is shown on the main screen.
  • Basic tutorial.
  • Game-dig down levels, avoid high-level enemies, kill low-level enemies, collect air to stay alive, and grab resources.
  • Chiptune soundtrack.
  • Coins to collect in level.
  • The levels will begin to come down on you to ramp up the pressure.
  • Instant restarts.
  • One life no checkpoints.
  • Shop to buy items.
  • Crafting spots.
  • Nails the retro atmosphere.
  • Find powerups.
  • Levels randomize every run.
  • Easy to learn controls.
  • Difficult.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Can dig in four directions.
  • Easy trophies.

Cons:

  • Difficult.
  • Bare minimum tutorial.
  • A lot of figuring out the mechanics yourself.
  • Hard to tell which enemies you can kill.
  • No online leaderboards.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

I love it when a game like this comes out, granted it takes a lot of inspiration from older games but it brings it screaming into the latest gen and has a whole new generation of players seeing this genre. I love Mr. Driller and not since I found Pico Driller on Itchio have I had so much fun playing a game like Mr. Driller. OK so the game just coldly opens, it’s difficult and nothing is explained but that’s how games were back then, it just maintains the history of the genre and executes a very fun if short game. I had it all done in a few hours but I do find myself dipping back in from time to time.

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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