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Pikmin Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 9 months ago.

Author: @AntHaigh, @GeekDadGamer and Rich Adams.


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 required 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 like 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 eaten and you need to get all the ship parts before the end of the 30th day where upon 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.
  • 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: 7 features

Developer: @NintendoUK


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.


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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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

ESRB rating EVERYONE because it features mild Violence.


Although Pikmin relies on colour the different Pikmin do look physically different.
Our Pikmin Accessibility Report details 7 accessibility features:

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