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POSTED 12/8/13


PIKMIN 3

Nintendo



Itís a lot (itís a lot) itís a lot (itís a lot) itís a lot (itís a lot) itís a lot like life...

With its abundant greenery, ample curious creatures, babble language and more colour than Pantone have made swatches for, first encountering Pikmin 3 could leave you convinced that youíve stumbled onto the set of In the Night Garden. But actually, as many will know, itís another bountiful brain blurt from Nintendoís saviour, Mr Miyamoto.

You eventually control three space explorers, looking for somewhere to plunder grub from after their race ate their home to deathliness. A substantial oops involves a crash on a planet that they, boring fucking science types that they are, name ĎPNF-404í. It ends up a serendipitous place to have a space stack though, as itís riddled with enormously proportioned fruits, which they christen much more funly, like Ďface wrinklerí and Ďastringent clumpí.

They also discover Pikmin Ė brightly-coloured wee seedling peoples who live to serve. They all have various skills, like fire resistance, electrical capacitance, not drowning when wet and sheer rock hardness. Our three intrepid but klutzy explorers realise they can use these submissive little cuties to harvest fruit and banish baddies Ė just fling them at a target and revel in their industriousness. First you get the fruit, then you get the juice, then you get the not-dying-and-seeing-a-game-over-screen...

As you explore, harvesting seeds to re-greenerise the world you messed up the first time, youíll juggle puzzles and tasks for all three explorers simultaneously Ė although youíre not penalised for a lack of multitasking nous, itíll just take longer. Donít tuck your Pikmin comfily home in their onion by nightfall though and carnage ensues Ė truly, heartbreakingly so as theyíre gobbled by nocturnal predators. Sad face.

Pikmin 3 is easily the prettiest, most accessible turn-based strategy game weíve encountered, and is brilliant on TV or gamepad screen. Letís play master and servant...

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