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20-10-2008, 04:56 PM
Pikmin- Nintendo Gamecube (2001)


Pikmin-in my eyes, one of the most charming games I have ever played on Gamecube. The Gamecube has many different games but none can match the sheer delightfulness that you get bubbling inside you when you play the game.
The game is simple but complex at the same time- a simple story(more onto that later) of a little creature trying to get home, but then the complexity and abstractness that goes into killing enemies and going through worlds. Altogether, this is one heck of an absorbing game. Anyway, onto some detail!


Firstly the story- A little alien named Olimar was flying along one day when suddenly out of the blue came a meteorite. It hits poor little Olimar and breaks his ship. He goes crash landing down towards a distant planet… once he lands there he finds that his space ship has broken apart and now he has to look for all 30 parts to rebuild his ship to fly home. However, there is a problem. This strange planet that he lands on seems to hold a gas called oxygen- this gas is poisonous to Olimar! Luckily his space suit keeps him alive-but only for 30 days! And then he meets these strange creatures… they come in all different colours and have leaves on their heads… Olimar decides to call them “Pikmin”. For some strange reason the “Pikmin” seem to want to follow him and help him. Maybe because they can’t live on their own? Maybe because they are just trying to help? Maybe because they are kind and want Olimar to successfully go home back to his family? Well, all I can say is buy the game and find out!


Now a bit about the graphics. This game was made in 2001, therefore there was less technology and therefore most of the games back then were maybe lets say, “less advanced” and weren’t as good as the graphics today. Well, that doesn’t stop Pikmin from being a wonderfully appealing and beautiful game. Ok, the graphics aren’t as good as today’s graphics but still the admirable cut-scenes and backgrounds make the game look almost real, as if a little alien had actually landed in your backyard. So overall the graphics are pretty good (well actually, very good) and makes the game much more enjoyable.

The controls to the game are simple-you control Olimar, who controls the Pikmin. Use the control stick to move around. Also you use it to move the cursor around. The c stick is used to guide Pikmin. Its not actually needed but it is helpful.
The B button is used as a whistle. It calls idle Pikmin and makes them join your party. The A button is used for a variety of things. You can use it to throw Pikmin, pick planted Pikmin, or if you press and hold A the Pikmin will sort out into colours and line up behind you. The Y button is used to view Olimar’s monitor. Its kind of like a pause button. The X button is used to separate Pikmin. The Z is used to change the camera angle. It may seem complicated but it will make sense if you play the game.

Overall Pikmin is a spectacular game. It’s completely original and there’s no game like it. Pikmin is very charming and peaceful and is a beautiful game, and is well worth getting. Really, there is only a few words that can summaries it. And all of those words are similar to utterly brilliant. A marvelous game.

overall rating- 8.5/10

Written by sozettaslow

Vyse the Legend
20-10-2008, 06:25 PM
Great review Sozetta, and definately a memorable game!

Never got around to playing it myself, but it's the game I will buy, as it's being re-released for the Wii later as part of that porting deal Nintendo are doing.

20-10-2008, 06:34 PM

Star Hustler
20-10-2008, 07:47 PM
I remember playing this game for the first time it was very weird but a great game! Nice review Zetta! :)

20-10-2008, 08:13 PM
yeah i agree
it has quite strange gamplay
thanks for those comments :)

24-10-2008, 09:10 PM
Hey, I reserved this bitch. FFS.

I told you take my reviews and i'll make it seem like you never cared for my reviews.

Ride the Walrus
01-11-2008, 03:05 PM
i still have pikmin and its great altthough i never did the story

01-11-2008, 11:50 PM
Hey, I reserved this bitch. FFS.

I told you take my reviews and i'll make it seem like you never cared for my reviews.

Lol don't worry about It..

Anyway nice review :D

Shooting Palanx
02-11-2008, 07:41 AM
I remember playing this when the GC was in it's early release stages, mind you I only played it at K Mart where they put the games for free.

02-11-2008, 06:01 PM
Pikmin is a very cute game, although I hate Olimar. He's such a jobber.
Got bored of the games very quickly.

03-11-2008, 07:10 AM
Nice review, brough me back to days when i played it. Was a weird/great game, something really new to me. Which i enjoyed :). The second one was good as well.