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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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  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Jan 21, 2019
    95
    It’s hard to talk about Pikuniku without giving too much away, so just know that it’s a fun little puzzle-platformer that doesn't take itself seriously.
  2. Jan 22, 2019
    85
    It’s not particularly challenging, deep or narratively profound, but it is consistently funny in a wry, innocent way and outside of some physics quirks the platforming gameplay is engaging. Pikuniku is a game you keep playing because you want to see how it will make you smile next; what will the next odd little character exclaim? What will the next hat let you do? What minigame is around the corner? Pikuniku is arty and ludicrous without trying too hard or shoving a message down your throat, and in that regard it fits into Devolver’s stable of IP perfectly.
  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. Feb 12, 2019
    80
    Pikuniku is a fun title with an interesting story. Despite its short duration and low difficulty, it is a great experience that deserves to be tried by every player looking to have a fun time.
  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. Jan 21, 2019
    60
    This puzzle-platformer’s puzzles and platforming might be merely alright – and the music is a proper irritant – but Pikuniku is full of so much cheer and loveliness elsewhere. It’s bursting with character in a story that’s equal parts silly and uplifting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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.
  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. Jan 24, 2019
    8
    ****AMAZON PRIME MEMBERS CAN GET THIS GAME FOR FREE****

    Pikuniku us firstly and foremost a charming SINGLE player adventure platformer. I
    ****AMAZON PRIME MEMBERS CAN GET THIS GAME FOR FREE****

    Pikuniku us firstly and foremost a charming SINGLE player adventure platformer. I emphasize single player because like a dummy I pre-ordered without researching, thinking the two identical looking characters indicated a co-op adventure. There was also footage of this in early trailers, however the local co-op is restricted to just under 10 levels - and a snarky basketball game.

    All good fun mind you - just not the focal point of the (already light) content. However, the story that is there is clever and well-told, and the simple to learn mechanics never made me feel like I was working too hard to progress.

    Rather it slightly suffered from a bit of "random button pressing" to get where I wanted to go. This is a shame, and the pitfall of a lot of physics based platforming. Forcing you to push as many things as possible when logic fails and hope for the best result.

    There isn't much of it though, thankfully - and being that your arm-less protagonist (Piku) can only kick things its nice to see nearly everything in the world be reactive to it.

    Truthfully most of the fun in the game was in goofing around, experimenting and just getting lost in the charm of it all. Katamari levels of charm here. But beyond that - the world is small and the story short - so maybe wait for a sale. However as stated above, this game is free for Prime members currently. While that IS the PC version of the game, its not a demanding game by any means. If you MUST have it on Switch (like me), it will probably be on sale within a couple months.

    Definitely worth a look if you're a fan of cute and silly - 8/10
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  5. Jan 28, 2019
    6
    Awesome story, genuinely well told with a lot of charming funny moments. Alas, the game-feel is terrible and platforming gameplay is slow andAwesome story, genuinely well told with a lot of charming funny moments. Alas, the game-feel is terrible and platforming gameplay is slow and dull, peppered with uninspired simplistic physics puzzles which are easy to solve logically, but annoyingly difficult to perform - you are fighting the controls to solve boring puzzles just to see the end of an annoyingly brief story. The story is indeed great, but yeah, my advice is watch a lets-play - it's better than actually playing it. Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2019
    6
    Pikuniku is a very polished and high quality game. When I say high quality I'm talking about the sound, animations and overall feel of thePikuniku is a very polished and high quality game. When I say high quality I'm talking about the sound, animations and overall feel of the game.

    It does however fall short on many occasions. It's trying to be a funny adventure and in the beginning you will definitely blow air through your nose several times but when you get farther in you notice that they put all the funniest stuff in the beginning.

    The character movement is a thing many people hate on but I actually like it because it's not supposed to be a super hardcore platformer and it fits the game to be a rolling and wobbling little ball. What I don't like is that there is so little platforming, I actually enjoyed the platforming stages but for me it never got challenging, they could've done more.

    The third thing is that the game is so short, it takes 3 hours to beat it and if you want to 100% it, it'll just take you an hour or two more. It's a decent game while you play it but when your finished you feel like you've been ripped of.

    A game with a lot of missed potential.
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