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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Pit People (2018) is a tactical strategy game where you herd a menagerie of medieval soldiers to take on all manner of strange foes. Play is about moving your characters tactically so they can maximise their attacks while staying out of range of counters.

The story is that an angry space bear kidnaps your son and you need to fight to get him back. Although it's turn-based, the amount of action on the screen, the madcap music, and the sheer bizarre nature of both the enemy and your units make it feel fast-paced. This is mixed up with different types of missions (some stealth quests don't involve combat at all for example) and multiple ways of succeeding.

As you progress you discover that this can't be boiled down to repeatable strategic decisions like other tactics games. There is the same rock-paper-scissors aspect where certain types of units have an advantage or disadvantage over others however, things are more chaotic here as you don't have total control of your units. You can tell them roughly where to go and who to attack but it's up to them how they execute. You find yourself balancing just how much rope you give them to have the best chance of winning - or for them to strangle themselves with bad decisions.

The result is a game about managing the chaos of battle rather than strict control and execution of premeditated plans. It's a weird game both in how it looks and how it plays, and this works well as a breath of fresh air in the sometimes tired tactical strategy war games.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Pit People 7 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Strategy game with Adventure, Collecting, Fighting and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. As well as the single-player story, there's an online or local 2-player co-op story. There are also 4-player competitive online and local battles.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for depictions of non-realistic-looking violence towards human-like characters. During combat, bright lights and effects appear on impact of the hits which conceals most of the violence. Numbers appear above the characters indicating the amount of damage inflicted. When a character has been defeated they vanish and become an angel which floats up to the sky. There are some mild blood effects present, however, there are no visible injuries or wounds.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The silly nature of the game makes it approachable for younger players. Also, because your units have some intelligence of their own you don't need to micro-manage them quite as much. It's still a good challenge as things progress.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.

CostsCosts

Pit People usually costs £15.49 to £15.99.
 

Pit People

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
Steam Store PC £15.49
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/03/2018

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (4 online)

Genres: Battle, Strategy (Adventure, Collecting, Fighting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Grid

Developer: The Behemoth (@TheBehemoth)


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