Pid is like your world… only different.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,552 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 31, 2012

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"Gorgeous puzzle platformer that unfortunately fumbles a bit due to some repetition, but definitely comes recommended."

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About This Game

A young boy named Kurt finds himself stranded on a peculiar planet, and he must find his way home. Finding help from unlikely allies and the curious tools in his backpack, Kurt must use gravity-defying beams to conquer every platform and solve every puzzle on this strange journey. Featuring over 12 hours of action-adventure gameplay and fully-realized co-op, players are poised to experience a beautiful world set to an evocative soundtrack. With twenty-two different locations, dozens of foes and hundreds of secrets, Pid is like your world… only different.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 Gb
    • Hard disk space: 2 Gb
    • Video Card: DirectX 9.0 compatibility
    • DirectX®: DirectX9

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 Gb
    • Hard disk space: 2 Gb
    • Video Card: GeForce 8 series, ATI Radeon HD2xxx
    • DirectX®: DirectX10
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
It's not a bad game, it's just... kinda boring, you know? Like, this game has a very "boring" tone, not necessarily in a bad way, but it does make the game not very exciting to play. And it doesn't really get more fun or more varied as you progress. It just stays boring all the way through. Still, I played this game for about 3 hours, so that probably means I kinda liked it, but... when I think back, I don't really remember having fun playing it. It's like it wasn't bad enough for me to quit playing right away, but it wasn't fun enough for me to finish it and recommend it.

6 / 10, good if you like platformers that feel slow and calm. I personally don't.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
PID.. possibly one of the best platformers I've played... ever, definitely one of my all time favourites. This game is very original in its gameplay design, its just gorgeous to look at and faultless in its programming from the controls to the collision detection. The music and sound effects also are top quality and extremely well chosen for the various levels, suiting each situation perfectly.

Don't get me wrong, you will spend many a time shouting at your monitor/tv screen lol, its frustratingly difficult at parts but acheives being awesome at the exact same time lol.. not many games can do that. It also gets the brain working as you try to find the best way through some of the levels.

I was lucky enough to get this game for free as a giveaway one time but after playing through I kind of wish I had paid for it and hence given something to the developers.. so this is why I am going to make sure I buy this for at least 1 other friend as a gift, my way of giving something to the developers for such an amazing game, as a thank you to them.

If you haven't given this game a go yet then I urge you to get it now.. you won't regret it.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Very nice storyline. The gameplay gets a little annoying at times, but overall it's a great game.
Philosophical ideas behind some dialogues, too.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I really wanted to like this game. On first blush, it should really satisfy: interesting art direction, unique music, and a nifty little gameplay mechanic. The difficulty seemed on par with my meager skills: not super-frenetic, but needing a little thought to keep it from being a cakewalk.

The trouble is, it all just seems too sluggish. Character control is incredibly slow. Just try "running" (loping?) one way, and then quickly change direction: young master Pid does an excruciatingly tardy about-face.

Worse yet, this sluggishness extends to jumping, as well. Platormers live and die by their jump-physics, and Pid sadly comes across as clumsy in this department. I think the benchmark for controllability in a character is to stand on a ledge, jump out into space, and then reverse direction to land on the edge again. The distance that you can get from the ledge safely tells you how "in control" you will feel with the gameplay. Pid does not fare well here.

I suppose it can be reasoned that everything *else* in the game is slow as well (animations, enemies, dialog, checkpoint restarts) so perhaps a slow character fits in with the dream-like feel. Or perhaps you could say that the emphasis is on the force beams instead of jumping, and you'd have a point. And there are plenty of people that loved Pid, so I won't begrudge them that.

However, for my own taste, the poor character control turned gameplay into a chore for me due to being unnecessarily challenging for comparatively trivial tasks. Life is short, and I have more games in my library than time to play them all, so I'll move my attention to more rewarding fare!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I would recommend this game if it was shorter. Not that i have a problem with long games but this one is very frustrating it starts to get repetitive very quickly and it goes on and on. I personally can't finish it. I open the game, I start the level, I play for a couple of minutes, then I remember why I left it in the first place. With all of this said the atmosphere is good and the mechanic for the first hour is good. Though I haven't tried co-op I think it will be more enjoyable in two.
+ interesting mechanic
+ good atmosphere
+ co-op
- frustrating
- too repetitive
- bad controls
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Splendid game. I actually purchased it three times; once on Xbox Live, and twice on Steam for myself and a friend.

Firstly, the visual style is superb. As well as creating a rich sense of depth with blurs and diffused lighting, there seems also to be a seperate layer of color grading (shadows tinted blue, highlights tinted orange) which is why many screenshots have a cinematic aura about them.

The light beam mechanic quickly becomes second nature, and I find myself missing it when I hop over to other platformers. The gameplay is more of a navigational puzzler than a logic one, and there's a nice steady progression of what you can do with the beams which prevents it from becoming stale.

I'm a fan of "strange world" concepts in games. Pid in particular creates a surprisingly inviting atmosphere for a planet of mechanical characters. What's more, each citizen is unique in appearance, which could've been an easy cop out for the devs if they decided that robots would be mass produced in one model. A fine level of variation worth noting. The length of the game was also pretty satisfying. It's taken me between 12 to 13 hours each time I've played through, though it felt much longer.

Finally, and without giving anything away, the last few sections of gameplay were just brilliantly executed. The music/sound design, art direction, physics, storyline, and everything else, all came together in those final moments to ensure a great memory of a great game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
It's allright. I'd give it a 7/10.

Beautiful soundtrack, good looking graphics and animations, all in all pretty good.

The story and characters are a bit goofy, but acceptable. The gameplay is chill and a bit repetive, and it's kind of "boring". Not much action or excitement, but a good game to sit down and relax with.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
The PID is really great and smooth game, i totaly recommend it! In PID one boy's main tool to traverse the world is a beam of light: the beam moves you, your enemies, bombs and other bits of the level around, and you can have a pair in play at any time. You can also play Co-Op with your friends. There are some smart puzzles in Pid and the variety is admirable, using beams to push you over chasms, shift security cameras, or delivering primed bombs to their target. These mental tests are about the only thing that keep you engaged; ultimately, you end up fighting against the controls rather than the levels.
Apsolutely recoomend from my side!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
As a indie/platformer this is good game. Overall: 6/10
Not bad if you like indie games and platformers.
Has weird gameplay and characters in it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Cute and interesting puzzle-platformer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Loved it. Lovely art style and soundtrack, neat mechanics - I didn't make much use of some of the powerups but I'm assuming that's based on play style - and a meaty length, as well as that thing I particularly love when a game pulls it off, a smooth and organic progression through the world. This is on a par with Half-Life 2 for how it moves between scenes. I approve entirely. Some frustrating repetition not enough to dull my pleasant memories of this game. Definitely recommended for platforming people.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I love this game, the story is very nice and entertaining. I really like the music and the beautiful pastel colors. Beautiful and fun game <3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I just recently downloaded this game and I was really looking forward to playing it, however everytime I try and start a new game, I watch the opening scene of the kid sleeping on the bus, but once the image sequences ends I'm stuck at a blank purple screen with nothing on it. Help! I'd really love to play this game but I can't.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
This is a quite awesomegame. I didn't expect that much from a game like this. Graphics are quite good, high-speces not required (since i played it on laptop). If you're bored, just play this game and you will be entertained.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
It's hard to say if I recommend this game or not. This game has brought a lot of frustration, and the game is to blame.
The puzzles rely a lot on timing which does bring a lot of frustration.

Here is some gameplay if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ywJdlI51k0&list=UUX6fijfMI7Ya-Pw7tw3dT9g
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
An excellent puzzle-y game with solid concepts, story, and art. The gameplay is a bit repetitive, but enjoyable. I would recommend it on the basis of the combination of the soundtrack, art, and creative/adorable character designs alone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
At first I was a little skeptical, I played about 15 or 30 minutes so far and I love it. It's a beautiful game, plays and feels just like Limbo. I'd recommend for those who like side scrollers as well as people looking for something pretty and smart to enjoy ;)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This is the first non hard-core product(AAA title) on my steam account, and let me tell you. It is one of my favorite games by far. Its a very light hearted yet challenging platformer about a young boy in space who has to travel through a house to find his way home.

The visuals are very unique and honestly I never get tired of them, the music fits the mood of the game quite well and is a joy to listen too. The controls are easy to master as well, admittedly I still sometimes mess up when playing its not much of a hindrance.

All in all I would highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a light hearted, fun loving and highly enjoyable game.

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Pid is a fun game. A difficult, tough love game, but fun none the less. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46nYaF4jTqk&list=UULXOgLaLZpKfxSZhTlF6QPg
You can see my full opinion of it here, but as a brief rundown, pid runs at best ok on most computers. I had to turn down the graphics a small amount to keep the lag at bay. In addition to this, the game is unforgivingly difficult. I'll praise the level design in that each part of the level is structured like rooms, and dieing part way through doesn't make you start from the beginning. It is still however incredibly difficult, even on the normal setting. You will find yourself stuck for ages wandering around in some environments only to find the answer to a puzzle or challenge just a few feet away. Only those few feet are impossibly hard to walk.

Overall though, its pretty fun. I like it enough, give it a go!

Also you can watch my full playthrough here if you have difficulty with it or just want to see someone play it!
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt9uWl9pDh5nsrcK2KmA9XhYzMiSGIcSl
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Yay!!
A space puzzle side-scroller...with diffirent mechanics.
Graphics are tasty and the sound is....kinda nice.

I dont know im still stuck on the first level...

7/10 -just because i like to rage on puzzle games-
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