XBLA Today: Pid, Pool Nation

Two new games have been added to the Xbox Live Arcade today, though neither one seems particularly frightening on this All Hallows Eve…

Pid is a puzzle platformer where young Kurt must use his “gravity-defying beams” to save the day:

A young boy named Kurt finds himself stranded on a peculiar planet, and he must find his way home. Finding help from unlikely allies and the curious tools in his backpack, Kurt must use gravity-defying beams to conquer every platform and solve every puzzle on this strange journey. Featuring over 12 hours of action-adventure gameplay and fully-realized co-op, players are poised to experience a beautiful world set to an evocative soundtrack. With twenty-two different locations, dozens of foes and hundreds of secrets, Pid is like your world… only different.

Meanwhile, Pool Nation is being touted as “the ultimate pixel-perfect pool game for Xbox.” Which is pretty impressive as I don’t think the graphics use pixels at all:

Pool Nation is the ultimate pixel-perfect pool game for Xbox, featuring photo-realistic graphics, real-world physics, and a wealth of game modes and rule sets. Slow down and rewind time with the unique replay system which lets you review the action close up. Take on skilled virtual opponents in the extensive career modes, unlocking new balls, locations, and cues. Play other users around the world on Xbox Live, with single matches and tournaments. Get hooked on the insanely challenging Endurance mode, a frantic pot-against-the clock game which will keep you coming back for more. Share your times, scores and Achievements with friends, family and the world through Facebook.

Both Pid and Pool Nation have been priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

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