Pit People is the newest game from studio The Behemoth, and is currently in early access. We take a look at the game as it stands, and how it’s progressed.
Pit People is the latest game from studio The Behemoth, and as many of you already know, it is still in its early access phase. I have had the honor of playing the game in its current state, and I have found myself enjoying its solid foundation. Allow me to share my experience so far on the state of the game with you, and its future outlook.
Welcome to the world of Pit People!
One day a dead, massive space bear from the far reaches of the universe crashed into the world and changed life as we know it. Not only has the world became a huge mayhem of chaos, the world is now made up of hexes and storms of bear blood covering the earth. Time as you know it is broken, and people now move in “turns”. It’s funny to see their take on this genre, and to see them actually attempt to explain the nonsensical game mechanics.
What is Pit People?
I didn’t know much going into this game, just that The Behemoth is known for their zany humor in their games, and the signature cartoony visuals. The game’s description reads like this:
“A full cast of tragically unique heroes will rise together from the Pit. Master your destiny as you plot their course of action across an apocalyptic wonderland! In our fast-paced, turn-based, co-op adventure you’ll quest and explore, find awesome loot, customize your fighters, and recruit strange species. Rally your troops and steel your wits if you hope to survive a hostile world filled with sinister robots, deadly vampires, and brutally adorable cupcake people!”
Needless to say, my body was ready.
What features can players expect in Pit People?
- Single Player Mode
I spent most of my time here, which is well fleshed out, and quite fun.
- 2 Player Co-op (local & online)
The Co-op offering was a nice surprise. Not only was it fun, but I was unsure of how the turn-based strategy game would translate to a Co-op experience. It required a change of strategy, and was a nice change of the routine.
- Local 2v2 Arena
The Arena is your main source of rewards, so you can expect to play a fair amount of this. The rewards are better if you play in Co-op.
- 2v2 In the Pit (online)
The rewards are quite significant, so it’s never a bad idea to give this a go every now and again.
- “Guidance” from a mysterious and power-hungry narrator (voiced by Will Stamper, “BattleBlock Theater”)
I love this man! As the narrator and our guide… and pretty much the main antagonist, Will Stamper is the Space Bear who clashed against the world long ago and acts as a powerful evil lord. His humor is a great touch for this game and it never strays from the game’s intent. He fits in perfectly.
- Signature Behemoth art style & humor
It should be needless to say, but The Behemoth’s signature art and style is all over Pit People, and the humor doesn’t fall far either. The classic humor of The Behemoth is there in full giving the game an always a fresh feel. Its turn based battle system is a fun change of pace and the superb dialogue and humor are spot on.
Pit People is full of content at every turn, even for an early access title there are tons of quests you can do outside of the main story. So if you’d like to break up the pace you can tackle one of those. They are however, optional, so if you don’t feel the need to do them, skip them. But the rewards and humor in them are worth tackling. I’ve even found myself repeating a series of side quests simply for the humor it had to offer.
The game allows you and your party to explore the world in your wagon, which allows you to find all sorts of things for your weapons and armor, or even get new allies to help you traverse the huge world Pit People has to offer.
Now, one of the main points I should mention is the Arena. While adventuring and questing help a lot, the Arena is the place where you can get more rewards and golds when you do it, and at the end of every day you get rewards based on your ranking. I must say, I couldn’t avoid the need to prove myself and ended up ascending to the top of the ladder earning the #1 Rank. Because of this, the game rewarded me some nice loot and more gold, which in this game is pretty useful.
Gold allows you to get new quests, get better equipment, buy mercenaries (Allies), and tools for your wagon, such as nitro that will allow you to roll over enemies on the world map when you explore, and traps that you can use to capture enemies to get them to become a member of your party for later use.
Pit People’s combat system is fun. For you see, it follows a… let us call it a rock, paper, scissor gun system. You see, you can equip characters with a shield; the bigger the shield the more chance to block projectiles, yet the more weight you have, the less chance you have to dodge. Helmets heavily boost defense and deflect small swords, but a hammer can inflict heavy damage on you as it receives a boost from hitting your helmet. Projectiles can stun enemies, but shields may keep them safe from long range, yet in close range, they can hit two times.
Combat is fun, and in a game like this positioning is truly important for me explain. You don’t choose the target. The character will attack one of the enemies within an eligible range. If there are many enemies near him, he will hit one at random. Therefore, positioning is a key factor on Pit People, especially if you hope to make it through the Arena and some of the harder quests.
I know I will keep playing Pit People, and I shall extend an invitation to everyone who likes tactical games to give it a try. Pit People is something different from what the majority of RPG players usually play, but is something good and really fun. So what are you waiting for? The delicious cupcake people need your help!