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Pikmin (GameCube)

Platform : GameCube
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4.5 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Deceptively simple gameplay
  • Strong elements of non-linear strategic gameplay
  • Whimsical graphics
  • Sharply drawn character personalities
  • From the mind of Zelda/Donkey Kong/Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto
  • Also available: Official Strategy Guide
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Game Information

  • Platform: GameCube
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00005Q8LY
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm ; 109 g
  • Release Date: 14 Jun. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,403 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

As Pikmin 's stranded, miniature spaceperson Olimar, you must find the missing 30 parts your spaceship needs to get you back home; these parts are scattered across a forested area that is crowded with giant (when compared to our hero's size) animals and other hazards. Olimar stumbles across the part animal, part plant, all bizarre creatures he names Pikmin, and will have to learn how to lead the Pikmin around the forest as he uses the abilities of the different coloured creatures to overcome the many obstacles in his path. Learning when and how to make the best use of your Pikmin's skills and traits is the essence of the game. You can control up to 100 Pikmin at a time while figuring out which are best suited for a particular task. Some are better fighters, while others can survive in water or handle explosive bomb rocks. However, even the best Pikmin herder will have to sacrifice a few of the plant-headed beasts for the greater good. It's this constant need to refine and create strategies to minimise losses that makes Pikmin challenging and always fun. The biggest obstacle you face is time; you have only 30 days (each day is about 15 minutes in real time) in which to find the necessary parts. While this keeps the pace of the game up, some may find such limits to be somewhat frustrating, as it means there will be a lot of repetition and rethinking of strategy. It also means that diligent gamers may find Pikmin to be rather a short game. At the end of your gaming day, though, Pikmin is one of the best games the GameCube will have for quite some time.

Amazon.co.uk Review

As Pikmin's stranded, miniature spaceperson Olimar, you must find the missing 30 parts your spaceship needs to get you back home; these parts are scattered across a forested area that is crowded with giant (when compared to our hero's size) animals and other hazards. Olimar stumbles across the part animal, part plant, all bizarre creatures he names Pikmin, and will have to learn how to lead the Pikmin around the forest as he uses the abilities of the different coloured creatures to overcome the many obstacles in his path.

Learning when and how to make the best use of your Pikmin's skills and traits is the essence of the game. You can control up to 100 Pikmin at a time while figuring out which are best suited for a particular task. Some are better fighters, while others can survive in water or handle explosive bomb rocks. However, even the best Pikmin herder will have to sacrifice a few of the plant-headed beasts for the greater good. It's this constant need to refine and create strategies to minimise losses that makes Pikmin challenging and always fun.

For a first generation GameCube title, the graphics, sounds, and music are fantastic and show an awesome amount of detail. Though it's no Pokémon, this game should an appeal to wide-eyed younger gamers as well as seasoned veterans. The controls are intuitive and feel perfect for the standard GameCube controller; however, learning to position the camera can be a tad frustrating during some of the more tense moments, as it has only a few magnification levels and needs constant adjustment.

The biggest obstacle you face is time; you have only 30 days (each day is about 15 minutes in real time) in which to find the necessary parts. While this keeps the pace of the game up, some may find such limits to be somewhat frustrating, as it means there will be a lot of repetition and rethinking of strategy. It also means that diligent gamers may find Pikmin to be rather a short game. At the end of your gaming day, though, Pikmin is one of the best games the GameCube will have for quite some time. --Mark Brooks

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We bought Pikmin the week it came out, then left it alone. We felt disappointed. It all seemed such a faff. Little creatures, little spaceships. Little action. Some months later, we gave it another try. What were we thinking? Suddenly the penny dropped. This game is so cool, and such fun.
You need to stick with the original day or so of getting all your Pikmin together, sorting out your times, trying a few enemies, and then prepare to have the best gaming time of your life. The aim is to help Olimar put his ship back together, using only tiny aliens. These little guys are all so different - some good at fire, some good at jumping... you know the score. It's got the strategy element of Lemmings, but it's much more interesting and equally addictive. You become really involved with the Pikmin characters. In groups they are brave, but as individuals they are heroic - feisty, loyal, unselfish, daring. My last tiny blue Pikmin was with me for three days before succumbing to a horrible slug. I actually wept. We'd been through all sorts together.
Think I'm crazy? Perhaps. But you try it. I bet you cry, too.
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Whether you love or loathe bright and colourful games, I doubt that you'll find it hard to like Pikmin. This is classic Nintendo at it's quirky Shiggsy best. Absorbing to the last, you'll find yourself learning to love the Pikmin, who despite their tiny size are full of character.
The game revolves around your character escaping after being ship-wrecked. To do so he must harness the natural resources of the planet (in the form of small plant creatures - Pikmin) to gather his damaged ship-parts.
In gameplay terms, Pikmin features resource gathering to increase you number of Pikmin (collecting tablets, gathering up beaten enemies etc), and using your 'troops' to conquer those enemies. Their isn't a great deal of complicated strategy in this.
The Pikmin come in three different colours with different abilities, which adds great depth to the gameplay. Red Pikmin are strong combatents, yellow Pikmin can be thrown further and can use bombs while blue Pikmin can move through water.
I challenge you not to cringe the first time a non-blue Pikmin stumbles into a lake or river, their death is accompanied by shrieks!
The sounds of Pikmin are functional with a few nice touches. The squeaking of the Pikmin themselves are nice, and the shambling noises of the enemies lend a comical air to them. At places the soundtrack cuts to a menacing score, but usually simple, easy-on-the-ear background music plays.
Visually, Pikmin is smooth and very colourful. The trees and grasses are bright, while the enemies unique and colourful. Your character, Captain Olimar is a character, with a quirky style beneath his spacesuit.
Pikmin isn't a particularly hard game, but it has that certain something that keeps you coming back for more. This isn't the most technically accomplished game about, but still a great play, and on Players Choice, at less than £20 - it's a good buy.
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By A Customer on 12 April 2003
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'Pikmin' is one of those games that only comes along every so often that you can really point at and identify as an original game (should you feel the need). Games like this go sorely unplayed by so many, purely because they look too quirky (quirky's good!) or childish because of the cute graphics. There's only one problem with this game; it's far too short. Other than the length of the game, this is one of the most engrossing, original and addictive games I've played.
'Pikmin' won't suit everyone's tastes; while it's great fun to send your army of red, blue and yellow pikmin with no consideration for their own safety into battle against a giant bird, resulting in something of a massacre, the only way to succeed is to think first. Different pikmin have different abilities which you have to exploit (even if this means purposely and sadistically sending your red pikmin into the lake because you know they can't swim... ); solving the game's clever puzzles and exploring the landscape of each level really does give you a sense of satisfaction, especially when on first meeting a mind-bending puzzle you find yourself throwing the controller at the wall with shouts of 'that's impossible!'. To get an idea of what 'Pikmin' is like to play with much more character, and an army of little fellas who'll obey your every command and fight like demons even when they're the last one standing.
Aside from this game being too short (give it a week and you will have found everything the game has to offer), 'Pikmin' is a refreshing change from most games, and one that, even if you trade it in when you've finished it, everyone should play at least once.
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By PJ VINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2002
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Pikmin = Organised panic.
This game is difficult to describe as it is so different to anything else. It's like strategy meets lemmings with a time limit. It might not take long to complete, but once you've done so you'll want to play it again to try and do better.
Basically you have 30 days to collect 30 spaceship parts (but you can do it in less). To do so you need to use your Pikmin to kill monsters, knock down walls and carry back the spaceship parts. But you will need to grow more Pikmin so will also need to send them to collect buds and downed monsters etc to plant more Pikmin to add to your army.
The problem is that Pikmin are really stupid and also pretty aggressive so they are prone to wandering off to do just what you don't want them to do. On top of this you have a strict time limit (one day in game time) within which you have to get them all back or they will die. So basically in an average day of game time you need to create as many new Pikmin as possible, collect a spaceship part, knock down walls and kill monsters to help pave the way for the next days action and get as many as possible back safely.
Now this might not sound great but its one of those games you just have to play. Its got the tactical planning of a strategy game, but with an extra element of chaos and madness thrown in, and while it lasts you won't be able to put it down.
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