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  • Summary: Pikuniku is a puzzle-exploration game that takes place in a strange but playful world where not everything is as happy as it seems. Help peculiar characters overcome struggles, uncover a deep state conspiracy, and start a fun little revolution in this delightful dystopian adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Oct 1, 2019
    100
    In fact, nothing about Pikuniku bothers me. It’s a happy, fun little game that needs to be enjoyed by everyone who owns a Switch, and the world is a better place with games like this in it.
  2. Jan 21, 2019
    90
    Pikuniku is a fantastic adventure full of puzzles and exploration. It’s unexpectedly engaging, and even it’s only January, it already is one of our indies of the year.
  3. Jan 21, 2019
    80
    While Pikuniku is a light experience, it's got enough charm and verve to stick with you well beyond completion. From Piku's weird wobbly gait and looping jumps in the opening right through to the game's funny, bizarre ending, Pikuniku is more gripping than its simple aesthetic and playful tone would suggest. It'll make you feel like a kid again.
  4. Mar 4, 2019
    80
    Pikuniku is the perfect Sunday afternoon game; short, but sweet. It’s an enjoyable romp through a pleasant world, teaching the important life lesson that kicking things is often the simplest solution.
  5. Jan 21, 2019
    75
    The story is surprisingly quick to blaze through as well, but there’s a lot to come across that the game doesn’t really seem to force on you, and Pikuniku’s world and gameplay is just memorable enough that this is a fun little title you may get more mileage out of than you’d expect.
  6. Jan 27, 2019
    70
    Starting as a good joke, Pikuniku quietly evolves into a nice little game with a crazy story. Simple and rather good in everything it has to offer, it’s in some ways a good avenue to introduce kids to the metroidvania genre.
  7. CD-Action
    Dec 11, 2019
    55
    I don’t have a slightest clue who for and why was this game even made, but on the other hand I simply have to appreciate the big heart which was put in it. [03/2019, p.77]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 26, 2019
    9
    If you've played weird and wacky platformers like Locoroco on the PSP and Freaky Forms on the 3DS, you're going to love this game. The singleIf you've played weird and wacky platformers like Locoroco on the PSP and Freaky Forms on the 3DS, you're going to love this game. The single player is charming, full of life, and creativity; and the co-op had me and my sister entertained for quite a while. Expand
  2. Feb 4, 2019
    9
    A very nice puzzle game thats also free on twitch prime and 5 bucks at GOG, get it, its fun and made me like games more.
  3. Jan 25, 2019
    9
    I've been waiting for this game for a long time and it certainly didn't disappoint. The story mode of this game is filled with legitimatelyI've been waiting for this game for a long time and it certainly didn't disappoint. The story mode of this game is filled with legitimately funny dialog, surprising moments and a cute, memorable art style, although the art style definitely isn't for everybody. Unfortunately for a lot of people, the gameplay in the story mode isn't particularly interesting, since there's a much larger focus on the story.

    If you're looking for an engaging gameplay experience, however, there's also a co-op mode that you can play with a friend, where you solve puzzles and you can even play the incredible sport known as baskick, which is also part of the story mode. To be honest, though, this part of the game could benefit from more content.

    As well as this, the game has pretty decent music and sound design, with some songs that I thought were extremely catchy and very interesting sound effects, like when Piku rolls and lightening.

    Overall, I would recommend this game to anybody who enjoys more story driven games and humor, as well as people with friends, unlike me. To be honest, I haven't beaten the game yet, however, I love this game so much that I needed to give it praise as soon as possible. I give it a 9/10- you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't play this game.
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  4. Mar 24, 2020
    8
    Pikiniku is a surprisingly fun and well-written game. Give it a try if you can!
  5. Apr 10, 2020
    7
    It is ok, fun for a while. Worth for the price, basically. Took some time to solve absurd puzzles
  6. Mar 28, 2020
    7
    Pikuniku is a cute, weird, and absurd puzzle-platformer with entertaining writing and characters. The controls are very floaty and janky,Pikuniku is a cute, weird, and absurd puzzle-platformer with entertaining writing and characters. The controls are very floaty and janky, which I guess is kind of on purpose and fine for the most part, as the game is generally speaking very easy (and as such suitable for younger children also), but can be kind of aggravating when the game demands precision or fast reactions (there is quite a considerable input lag). The music can also get annoying because it is comprised of VERY short loops.

    I got this game for 3 cents (0,99€ on sale minus 96 gold points) and I don't think that there's really anything to complain about for that price ;) All in all, although it's a little rough around the edges, it's a pleasant, charming and entertaining way to distract yourself for a few hours.
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  7. Apr 12, 2020
    6
    Awaking in a cave, Piku ventures into a nearby village to fiend the locals terrified of him. Having agreed to help them out the villagers freeAwaking in a cave, Piku ventures into a nearby village to fiend the locals terrified of him. Having agreed to help them out the villagers free Piku and it soon transpires that everything is not quite as idyllic as it first seems.

    Pikuniku is puzzle platformer, that while pretty short and rarely all that challenging, offers plenty of humorous charm and a good mix of challenges and activities to participate in. At the time of writing it’s available for a measly 89p on the Switch and at that price it’s one of the best bargains you’ll find this year!
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