Pikmin 2

Title: Pikmin 2
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Gamecube
Rating: 5/5

I just finished the main mission of Pikmin 2. It was a lot of fun (although a bit frustrating at times). I put in about 20 hours of play time so far, and I can continue playing if I want (I probably will).

The game mechanics are hard to describe. You can control one of two characters directly. They in turn can give orders to your squad of Pikmin — little plant people. You fight monsters and collect treasure.

When you’re on the surface, you’re only allowed to play for 15 minutes which is one in-game day. This helps to add a sense of urgency, but can also be pretty frustrating when you’ve just about made it back to your ship with some loot and only have a few seconds left. Thankfully, the timer isn’t active when you’re in an underground cavern. This give you time to carefully plan your moves and make the most of your scares resources.

The game has a bit of a cutesy look and feel, but there’s still plenty of challenge to keep adults engaged. I didn’t play the original Pikmin, so I can’t compare them. Pikmin has been such a success for Nintendo I’m sure there will be another sequel. Pikmin Revolution has a nice ring to it.