There is a certain charm to a game that isn’t all that in-depth, yet delivers a strong message that is also fun to play. Pikuniku is very much this kind of game. On the surface, it just looks like another 2D platformer made with little effort due to the style that it was crafted in.
Pikuniku looks like it was crafted out of a session of arts & crafts from a fourth-grade class. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing though; the bright colors and simple shapes are brought to life by the exceedingly humorous dialogue and story. Pikunikusolidifies itself as sort of a small adventure game, as you constantly are completing tasks for other characters all while fighting against the evil Sunshine Inc, who are trying to steal natural resources through their army of robots. It is up to Piku to stop the big corporation from stealing all the resources and putting and end to them once and for all.
Pikuniku is by no means a complicated game, as there are only a few actions he can take. Piku can jump, kick, and crouch down turning himself into a little ball. Kicking is one of the most important aspects of this title, as this will be your tool for solving many different puzzles. Hell, you can even kick villagers and get reactions out of them, which is usually pretty funny. Pikunikuis hardly a challenging title and the game can be completed in roughly three hours. Within this short time frame, Pikunikucan suck you in to its world and make you feel like you have accomplished something by the end of it. The only issue here is that I wanted a longer title, especially with all the with and enjoyment that was brought here. You are able to go back after the credits roll and finish up some side missions that are a little more challenging, but that’s about it.
At the price that this game is, it is practically a steal. I reviewed the title on the PC but is also available to you on the Nintendo Switch which would feel right at home. Piku will enter right into your heart and I’m sure this will become one of your favorite platforming adventure games yet. I am a huge fan of these types of games and am looking forward to going back and grabbing all of the things that I missed on my first playthrough. There is almost never a dull moment in Pikuniku so make sure that you go and check this one out!
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