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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Short, cute puzzle adventure with positive themes.

Game Nintendo Switch , Windows 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

With some assistance, little kids can love this game too!

My 3.5 year old twins love this game! We only play four or five of the co-op levels, but they can complete some of the levels with no assistance! I love how it has helped them to work together to solve problems, because you cannot beat any of the co-op levels on your own.

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Easy to play/use
age 8+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Quirky design and surprisingly funny moments create an appealing, welcoming vibe that's hard to ignore. Pikuniku quickly captures your attention with its odd looking, spindly-legged hero, then slowly sinks its hooks in with weirdly satisfying kicking mechanics (it's worth it to try kicking everything, from rocks to characters). It's also got a strange cast of side personalities, who look like Uglydoll rejects and often react to Piku's kicks, prods, and actions with giggle-inducing responses. Add in some simple but enjoyable puzzles, along with overarching themes of social acceptance and environmental stewardship, and you have an unusually upbeat and pleasant game that turns its dogged inoffensiveness into an unexpectedly appealing asset. It's hard to imagine anyone playing this game without having at least an occasional grin.

Which makes it a little sad that it's over almost as soon as it begins. It's nice to see a winning idea taken to its full potential, but that doesn't quite happen here. The developers could have done more with the hat mechanic, for example, giving Piku additional abilities by donning even more hats -- sort like in Super Mario Odyssey. And while we get to use Piku's kicking power in some fun ways, including swinging from little footholds and breaking stuff to reveal surprises -- it feels like it, too, could have been further exploited. They say to always leave the audience wanting more, and Pikuniku succeeds in this. But it's also important to leave them satisfied, and there could have been a little more meat on this particular bone.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch , Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Release date: January 24, 2019
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: February 26, 2019

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