In the latest episode of 15 Minutes of Fame I take a look at Adventures of Pip, which is releasing on June 4, 2015 for the PC and Mac platforms (June 11th for Wii U with Xbox One and PS4 on the horizon).
Pip is a beautifully crafted platformer that honors the kings of that genre from the 8 and 16-bit eras such as Super Mario Bros., SMB 3, Mega Man and Super Mario World. It’s hard not to get super nostalgic if you grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s playing on the NES, SNES, and Genesis thanks to Pip’s retro visuals and super tight platforming controls, which instantly transport you back in time to your parent’s house trying to master the next touchy jump without smashing your controller or biting your arm in frustration.
Thanks to Pip’s unique ability to transform from a single pixel blob to an 8-bit hero and beyond, Adventures of Pip keeps your mind in motion and your fingers frantically pushing buttons to ensure you don’t fall to your death or suffer defeat at the hands of an enemy. This game is no pushover just like the retro titles it was influenced by, but it never really feels cheap in terms of difficulty, rather it tests your skill and patience, which I can appreciate.
The game is only $14.99, which is a steal quite frankly once you see the it in action and embrace its charming world and characters. There may be an influx of indie titles that opt for an old school look and feel these days, but Adventures of Pip stands above and beyond thanks to its amazing attention to detail and its ability to recapture the essence of the classic platformer that so many of us grew up on like crack addicts as mini-gamers.
You can grab the game on Steam now in its Early Access mode, but the full version should unlock on June 4, 2015. The Wii U version releases a week after that, but only in the U.S. at this time as the EU build isn’t ready yet. Make sure to check it out in action above 15 Minutes of Fame style!
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