Pikuniku

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Pikuniku
Pikuniku.jpg
Nintendo Switch digital artwork, featuring Piku, Niku, and several other characters from the game
Developer(s)Sectordub
Publisher(s)Devolver Digital
Designer(s)Arnaud De Bock
Programmer(s)
  • Rémi Forcadell
  • Alan Zucconi
Artist(s)Arnaud De Bock
Writer(s)Rémi Forcadell
Composer(s)Calum Bowen
EngineUnity
Platform(s)Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Release
  • WW: January 24, 2019
Genre(s)Puzzle, adventure
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Pikuniku is a puzzle adventure video game developed by French-British indie collective Sectordub and published by Devolver Digital, that was released on January 24, 2019 for Linux, macOS, Nintendo Switch and Windows. The player controls the titular red creature, Piku, through a colourful world, to put an end to a plot to harvest the entirety of the land's resources.[1][2]

It received generally positive reviews from critics, with its main criticism being the short length of the game.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Pikuniku is a puzzle and adventure game where the player must control the protagonist, Piku, through levels and solve puzzles to progress. The majority of puzzles involve kicking and pushing objects onto switches to open doors and access rooms, allowing you to proceed through the level. Piku can also lasso his legs to swing from hooks or curl into a ball and roll, allowing the player to move around faster and reach higher or previously inaccessible areas. Throughout the game, the player will encounter villages, where they can interact with villagers, and spend currency earned in the game's levels on items such as hats. The game also features a local cooperative mode with 9 levels, and the second player controlling Niku, an orange creature similar to Piku. Both of the players must cooperate to negotiate themselves to a boat at the end of the level.[1][4]

Synopsis[edit]

The game begins with the protagonist, Piku, waking up from his slumber in a cave. After venturing to a nearby village, locals become terrified of Piku. They locked him up in a cage calling to him a 'ghastly beast of legend', settling on imprisoning him until he agrees to fix the town bridge, which he'd accidentally destroyed. After repairing the bridge and being set free from imprisonment, the town enlists him to help deal with the entrepreneurial Mr. Sunshine, a pink creature similar to Piku, who attempts to harvest the entirety of the world's natural resources for his own wealth.[1][5][6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(NS) 76/100[3]
(PC) 74/100[7]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid8/10[4]
Game Revolution4/5[8]
GameSpot8/10[9]
Jeuxvideo.com14/20[11]
Nintendo Life8/10 stars[1]
Nintendo World Report8.5/10[10]
PC Gamer (UK)79/100[5]

Pikuniku received "generally favorable reviews" on the Nintendo Switch[3] and "mixed or average reviews" on the PC version of the game according to review aggregator Metacritic.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lane, Gavin (January 21, 2019). "Pikuniku Review (Switch eShop)". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Walker, John (January 21, 2019). "Pikuniku Review Rock Paper Shotgun". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Archived from the original on January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Pikuniku for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on April 9, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Devore, Jordan (January 21, 2019). "Review: Pikuniku". Destructoid. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Warr, Philippa (January 21, 2019). "Pikuniku review". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Sheppard, James (January 21, 2019). "Pikuniku Review The Indie Game Website". The Indie Game Website. Archived from the original on January 23, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Pikuniku for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on January 26, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Saunders, Toby (January 24, 2019). "Pikuniku review | The good kind of red pill". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ O'Connor, James (January 21, 2019). "Pikuniku Review - Tasty Morsel". GameSpot. Archived from the original on January 23, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Rudek, Jordan (January 21, 2019). "Pikuniku Review - Review". Nintendo World Report. Archived from the original on January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Carnbee (January 27, 2019). "Test : Pikuniku : Du puzzle, de la plate-forme et des sourires". jeuxvideo.com (in French). Archived from the original on January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.

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