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.
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.
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...