[PlayStation 4] Pity Pit Review
In retro arcade game Pity Pit from eastasiasoft and Panda Indie Studio, you must dig through a mine to save your loved one. Learn more in our Pity Pit review!
With 5 levels of challenge and obstacles that change with each playthrough, Pity Pit offers simple but addictive design and a wealth of replay value, all presented in an endearing pixel art style!
In the intro screen, we can see a demon holding a girl in his claws. As soon as you start the game, the demon drags the girl down a mine, and this is your character’s cue to follow in pursuit. You are quickly introduced to the game’s gameplay mechanics without having an extended tutorial section, which is something I always appreciate as I don’t want to have my hands held for basic instructions. When a few blocks are dug down, you’ll encounter three icons which enable or disable the background music, sound effects, and controller vibration… and then you’re ready to go!
Apart from the title screen interaction, there isn’t going to be much of a story for Pity Pit. While this may sound strange for newer gamers, for me, it felt exactly like one of the games I used to play back in the day, which I would rent from my local video game store on a Friday afternoon. The gameplay is of the arcade-style variety, and your only goal is to dig down by breaking blocks while avoiding (or getting rid of) the different enemies. There are five different levels to complete, and as I progressed from area to area, and did more and more runs from the start, I certainly managed to get better and was able to push forward.
The presentation gives this one an 8-bit look that reminded me of the Nintendo Entertainment System and of other older classic consoles. While there isn’t much of a background soundtrack, the sound effects also felt like they were made for an old-school console. There are some visual animations on the top-level HUD, which felt a bit different from the main action on the screen.
Trophies will unlock naturally at a steady pace as you progress through the game, and you’ll most likely get most of them without even checking the trophy list as they’re mostly straightforward. In my case, I managed to obtain the Platinum trophy for Pity Pit in roughly 20 minutes, so it’s definitely an easy one to get for trophy hunters.
Should you buy this game? If you’re looking for an arcade-style experience that will remind you of old-school consoles from back in the day, then Pity Pit will certainly deliver on that aspect. The game is not going to be for everyone, given its repetitive arcade nature and graphic art style, but if you give it a go, you’re going to find a fun game that will challenge you over and over again.
This Pity Pit review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by eastasiasoft.