Developer: Might and Delight
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Pid is the adorable story of a little boy from the future who falls asleep on the bus/spaceship home from school and finds himself stranded at a forgotten bus stop. He's got to make his way home through an unforgiving world of spike pits and robot assailants, but it never loses its juvenile sense of levity.
Soft colors and edges provide an aesthetic that feels almost dreamlike while the mystical soundtrack recalls the imagination of childhood that we all sometimes forget. Even the collectables - clusters of stars forming little constellations - are quaintly charming.
Most of the mechanics have been seen in other games of similar design, but the application in Pid demands foresight and concentration for successful execution. It may look like it's all kids' stuff, but the challenge it provides most certainly is not.