Pikmin GameCube
Pikmin Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics What's this?

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Pikmin may be small and plantlike, but they can be a space traveler's best friend. Stranded on an unknown planet, Captain Olimar must enlist the help of these native Pikmin to rebuild his spaceship before the life-support system runs out. In the meantime, you'll have to fend off attackers and solve various puzzles. To produce additional multicolored Pikmin you must defeat enemies and carry them back to the Pikmin nests called onions. But beware--watching giant predators gobble your Pikmin might make you angrier than you'd expect. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. A riot of stressful action and multitasking that's fun every time you play it. [Dec 2001, p.164]
  2. Brilliant...Indeed, it's the kind of game that you find yourself playing in your head as you fall asleep at night, counting Pikmin, as it were. [Feb 2002, p.56]
  3. Pikmin's simple, elegant design and compact structure redeem its brevity.
  4. It has the obsessive quality. This one goes beyond simple addiction. If you get into it, you will probably REALLY get into it, and want to want to redo the game until you’ve completely dominated it.
  5. Not everyone may take to the strategic undercurrent, but as it stands, this Pikmin has already fixed its roots deep in my jaded gamer's heart.
  6. 70
    Solving the challenges was rewarding enough, but the steps one needs to take to achieve these goals become far too tedious.

See all 39 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Dec 1, 2013
    One of the most creative games to appear in nintendo, hugely entertaining, challenging and beautiful.
    It is very funny to play. Sequels have
    been quite good but this first episode deserves the highest rate.

  2. Aug 2, 2013
    Awesome game, but the difficulty is way too hard at times. Extremely original and addictive. I really don't like how there's a time limit to finish the game and a lack of boss battles. Besides those flaws, the graphics are still good by today's standards, and the player will stay intrigued for days trying to get all of olimar's ship parts back and growing your pikmin population. The sequel improved on all of these problems, and it is a better game, but if you love nintendo, do yourself a favor and buy this game, and it's 2 sequels! Expand
  3. LHy
    Oct 2, 2013
    A true masterpiece, this game will challenge you, hard. Play it, you won't regret a single second. I would of given this game a 10 if it had not been for the tight stiffness of the controls, other than that, beautiful game, thanks Nintendo! Expand
  4. Jun 8, 2013
    Having crash landed on an unknown planet Captain Olimar has only 30 days in which to rebuild his spaceship and escape before his life support system can no longer function. He soon finds himself aided in his quest to recover his mission spaceship parts by strange creatures known as Pikmin.

    Essentially a real time strategy title the player can order these Pikmin (of which there are three different types with different functions and abilities) in groups of up to 100 to collect said parts, as well as other valuable objects, over the course of thirty days. Of course everything is not quite that simple and Olimar will often find himself face to face with carnivorous beasts, which will eat Pikmin for breakfast if given the chance, as well as all manner of environmental puzzles to solve.

    Featuring a level of charm that only Nintendo seems to be able to deliver Pikmin is amongst the very best strategy games available on any console and should be part of anyone’s collection.
  5. Jun 13, 2011
    A remarkable experience that any GCN owner should have already had. Pros: Adorable, addictive, and original gameplay; rich in color; overall, it's fairly challenging and packed with witty puzzles and obstacles. Cons: The length is peculiar; annoying camera; repetitive sequences. Expand
  6. Jan 12, 2014
    This game is just amazing. Why I give it a 8? Because, you are on a time limit. Even though its on a time limit, its still an amazing game! I suggest to get it, as long with Pikmin 2, and as long with Pikmin 3, if you have a Wii U. Expand
  7. Jan 31, 2013
    A pretty fun little game that's really colorful and something different. Gameplay is unique but does get a little repetitive. Overall: A decent title that tried really hard to be something new. A shame the novelty wears off too quickly. Expand

See all 31 User Reviews