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Pikmin Review
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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: @AntHaigh, @GeekDadGamer, Rich Adams and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Pikmin is a real time strategy game where the main character Captain Olimar crash lands on an alien planet filled with strange small creatures called Pikmin. You are able to control and use these creatures to knock down walls, build bridges and attack creatures, you grow Pikmin by taking flora to a device called an onion which then spawns more Pikmin for you to control.

Different colour Pikmin have different abilities to solve puzzles by using the correct colours to complete specific tasks. Your main objective is to locate and bring back parts of your damaged ship to the base, be careful though Pikmin are fragile and can perish easily, and you need to ensure all Pikmin and yourself are back at the base before nightfall.

The game is presented as a nature program as you discover flora and fauna. This combines with the folktale narrative to create a compelling and well-written story for all ages. There’s considerable tension to getting both ship parts and Pikmin back to the ship, as any left behind is eaten and you need to get all the ship parts before the end of the 30th day whereupon you fail and start again.

Originally released on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001 it was re-released with new play controls on the Nintendo Wii in 2009. The Wii version of Pikmin offers enhanced controls, some adjusted difficulty with some Pikmin dying less easily. You can also cycle through the different types of Pikmin more easily.
  • Pikmin (2001) on Gamecube and Wii
  • Pikmin 2 (2004) on Gamecube and Wii
  • Pikmin 3 (2013) on Wii U
  • Hey! Pikmin (2017) on Nintendo 3DS in 2017
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe (2020) on Nintendo Switch

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete. The game is played in Days and each day is around 13-18 minutes long you have to complete all the objectives before the end of day 30 before Captain Olimars life support fails.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3+ because it features occasional, very mild violence in a comical or abstract context. Suitable for all ages.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Although Pikmin relies on colour the different Pikmin do look physically different.
 
Our Pikmin Accessibility Report documents 6 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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