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Our examiner, Anthony Haigh, first checked Pikmin 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
Different coloured 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
In the US, ESRB state: Players command tiny plant-like creatures (Pikmin) to perform tasks, complete objectives, and attack insect-like creatures and bosses. Enemy creatures stomp, chomp, and spew fire at the players' Pikmin; Pikmin can attack enemy creatures by slapping them with their antennae, resulting in whacking sounds and occasional screen-shaking effects. Boss battles depict more protracted combat, as Pikmin swarm and attack larger creatures that collapse in a death animation.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Because of the focus on a limited amount of days to achieve what you need to this is harder than later Pikmin games. Still, with some help younger players can still enjoy this game.
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