Pikmin 2 Review

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Posted: 3 weeks ago, last updated 6 days ago.

Author: @AntHaigh, Andy Robertson and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Pikmin 2 is the second in the Pikmin Series, Captain Olimar is joined by his assistant Louie on a mysterious planet. You are collecting treasures consisting of scrap metal, broken toys. You do this by controlling plant like creatures called Pikmin, directing them to knock down walls, build bridges or collect items and take them back to the ship. As with the first game you can only play during the day and must return to base with all your Pikmin before sunset as any left out will be devoured by nocturnal beasts.

However, unlike the first game where you only had 30 days to complete all the objectives, in Pikmin 2 you have unlimited days. This makes it a lower pressure experience for younger players. Although it still retained it’s strategy core, this was extended by more exploration and collecting.

Pikmin 2 was first released on the Gamecube in 2004 and then later released on the Wii in 2009 with enhanced control using the Wii-Remote.
  • 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

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/10/2004, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @NintendoUK

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 13 hours and 22 hours to complete. You can complete the main story in approximately 13 hours, however to collect all the different items and document everything it will extend to 22+ hours.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. 2 player is competitive mode, where you have to capture your opponents fruit like capture the flag. There is also a unlockable cooperative mode where you have to complete a series of challenges that get more difficult. Both of these modes are played split screen.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 3+ because features occasional, very mild violence in a comical context.

ESRB EVERYONE because it features Comic Mischief and Mild Violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Motion

Motion Controls Available: You can use motion controls, tilting the controller to steer for example.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

System Settings

The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @AntHaigh


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