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5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Nintendo, 22 Nov 2004
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.