Adventures of Pip from Tic Toc Games is a fun 2D action platformer with a fun evolution gameplay mechanic. Learn more in our Adventures of Pip review!
Adventures of Pip from Tic Toc Games is a fun 2D action platformer with a fun evolution gameplay mechanic that will have you playing as the titular character in a pixeltastic adventure that will take you through the Kingdom of Pixelonia. In the Kingdom of Pixelonia, the people who had more pixels lived in luxury with their higher definition, while the rest lived blocky, humble lives. There’s a legend that states that, in another time, a Princess who could create pixels from thin air saved the land.
When Princess Adeline was born, the King and Queen realized that she had the power to channel the energy of the Bitstream, creating pixels from nothingness, just like the legends stated. Unfortunately, the evil Skeleton Queen – Queen DeRezzia – learned of this power, and she decided to kidnap Princess Adeline of the Kingdom of Pixelonia to be able to harness her power. She did this on the Princess’s 16th birthday, and Queen DeRezzia used her power to absorb the pixels of the King, the Queen, and of everyone else she could find in town.
Tic Toc Games took Adventures of Pip to Kickstarter back in May of 2014 – which in 2020 feels like it was centuries ago. The team had set a funding goal of $90,000, but by the time the campaign ended, it had managed to secure 39% of that. Tic Toc Game regrouped and launched a new campaign in August of 2014, asking for a lower $40,000 in funding. Thanks to the support of over 2,500 backers, they secured over $65,000 in funding, eventually releasing the game on Nintendo Wii U in June 2015, followed later by a PlayStation 4 release in August of the same year. The game has now made its way to the Nintendo Switch, and it’s just as fun as before!
You’ll move around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the B button. Depending on which of the three forms of Pip you’re controlling, you’ll be able to perform different actions. The single-pixel version of Pip can glide for a bit if you press and hold down the B button. The first evolution of Pip will be able to wall jump, grab onto ledges, as well as attack enemies with its fists and feet when you press the Y button. The final form of Pip will gain access to a mighty sword, while also being able to push or pull blocks. This form will be heavier, which means it won’t be able to jump on too of springy mushroom. At least your sword will allow you to destroy stone walls! Pressing the A button will make Pip explode and devolve. This explosion will also be useful for destroying the purple blocks that you will find on your path every now and then.
A lot of your time with Adventures of Pip will be spent running and jumping, which is great since you can use this speed boost and the might of your jump to land on top of most opponents to defeat them. You will need to pay attention to their movement and attack patterns so that you can find the right time to attack them since Pip will start his journey with only three hearts. Lose them, and you’ll be sent to the last checkpoint you reached. The same goes for the different bosses you’ll have to battle since they each will have a variety of attacks you’ll need to avoid before you, say, jump on top of the head of the giant centipede at the end of the forest.
To increase your odds of surviving and saving Princess Adeline, you will need to collect a ton of pixels at every level you explore. You will get them from defeating enemies, as well as from opening small and large chests – with large chests usually being hidden in what seem to be out of reach places. Save the townsfolk who managed to escape before Queen DeRezzia’s attack, and then visit the stores that they will open up in town, and you’ll be able to purchase extra hearts for your health, a boost to double the pixels you collect from every enemy you defeat – which should be your first purchase, potions to heal the health you’ve lost, and even a boost to your sword so that you can shoot out a mighty energy blast when you have full health.
Adventures of Pip has 20 in-game achievements for you to unlock. A handful of them is tied to rescuing all of the villagers at each of the lands you’ll explore, while another three are awarded for rescuing all villagers in a level for the first time, for rescuing half of the villagers in the game, and for rescuing all villagers in the game. There’s also an achievement for completing the game. Another batch of achievements will pop when you defeat each of the bosses the game will throw at you. As for the rest of the achievements, they will ask that you collect 11,240 pixels in total, purchase an item in the items shop, purchase an upgrade in the weapon shop, purchase a heart container, purchase all upgrades, and purchase all heart containers at the item shop.
I had a lot of fun playing Adventures of Pip back when it was released on the Nintendo Wii U, and I was more than ready to take it for another spin on the Nintendo Switch. The game is just as fun as it was a handful of years ago, and looks great when playing in Docked, Portable, or Tabletop Mode. It offers a handful of hours of action platforming adventure, and it’s out tomorrow on Nintendo Switch for a budget $9.99 asking price, making it an easy one to recommend for Nintendo’s console.
This Adventures of Pip review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Tic Toc Games.