Pikmin GameCube

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 91
    One of the most refreshing games to come out of Nintendo in a while...It's a great adventure indeed, but when the 30 days are over and the last level is complete you find yourself feeling somewhat slighted.
  2. 100
    A wild and weird game that will captivate you with its innocence and innovation.
  3. The implementation of the control system is masterful, with the emphasis being on ease of use and fluid issuing of commands.
  4. Pikmin's simple, elegant design and compact structure redeem its brevity.
  5. 92
    Though the Pikmin really don't have the individuality that Pokemon developed, you really do start to care for your little guys as the game progresses.
  6. Its length is a slightly worrying factor but it’s not that bad, after all its quality not quantity and this game is quality in leaps and bounds.
  7. The only real complaint to be found is the game’s length, as it must be completed in a specified period of time, thirty of Olimar’s days.
  8. Despite the fact that the gameplay is quite deep and requires a fair amount of thought to do well at, the actual game itself is incredibly easy to pick up.
  9. The most amazing thing about this game is that the controls are incredibly simple while the gameplay is quite detailed.
  10. One part dark struggle for survival and one part cute fairy tale, Pikmin is an engaging game with the twisted charm found in a good Tim Burton movie.
  11. 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.
  12. You feel like the most clever person on the planet when you're able to bring in three parts a day, slaughter a few frogs, and birth seventy Pikmin without breaking a sweat...what is there is enormously fun.
  13. Another dollop of glorious GameCube genius.
  14. 100
    Every minute that you play, you constantly feel as if you’re discovering something new and different, and the game’s puzzles feel very organic, intelligent, and open-ended, forcing you to think and rethink your strategy as you make new realizations about your place in the world.
  15. From the moment you turn the game on you’ll be instantly captivated.
  16. 100
    What makes Pikmin so fun is that you are seeing the world from new eyes, and exploring large beautiful environments.
  17. A riot of stressful action and multitasking that's fun every time you play it. [Dec 2001, p.164]
  18. The controller itself is a work of ergonomic art. Although this is essentially a detailed puzzle game, the detail is truly a sight to behold. [Jan 2002, p.84]
  19. 89
    I was pleased to find that my six-year-old daughter had as much fun as I did playing the game. Although she became a bit frustrated at points (as I did) she still was able to manage to manipulate the pikmin the way she intended.
  20. Simply an addictive and adorable game that does a wonderful job evoking the same sense of wonder many of us first experienced on our childhood trips to Oz, Narnia, or Middle Earth.
  21. 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]
  22. One of the most addictive games I have ever played.
  23. The only other problem I found with the game was the challenge that the in-game camera presents. Often, you will find yourself using the camera buttons a lot to move the camera so you can see everything in the environment.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. GeorgeS.
    Dec 18, 2006
    This is the best game I have ever played, other than pikmin 2. And heads up because pikmin 3 is coming out for the nintendo wii.
  2. JayB.
    Mar 17, 2003
    I think Miyamoto could have gone very far on this game and made it into a classic nintendo game. He came up with an incredibly creative concept of cultivating little plant-like aliens and using them to battle other creatures and help retrieve ship parts. But other than that, it seems that he fell asleep on the job. It is fun in the beginning with the planting, fighting, and retrieving of the ship parts. But then you realize that this is all the game is: planting, fighting, and retrieving. Not only does it become repetitive and boring, and game only lasts for two days!! I will give him credit for good innovation, but hopefully, if there is a sequel, it will be hundreds of times better than this one. Full Review »
  3. MeleeMaster
    Dec 18, 2002
    This game is boring. At least in my opinion. The story is uninspired and the game lacks that Miyamoto feel.