Content at a glance:
<b>Mild Violence:</b> Bloodless fights other creatures. Body remains to be transformed into Pikmin. Some explosions. Pikmin can die in various ways.<p><b>Spiritual Overtones:</b> Some items are given spiritual names.</p>
Those lovable Pikmin are back, now in two new varieties! When Captain Olimar’s company is in trouble, he sets off, sidekick Louie in tow to save it from financial ruin. As they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” But huge creatures block their way, can they gather it without being eaten?
Pikmin 2 picks up shortly after the first leaves off. For those of you who don’t know, in the first game, a little man named Captain Olimar crash lands on a strange planet and must repair his ship with the aid of these tiny creatures he dubs Pikmin.
Olimar eventually escapes the Pikmin planet and returns to his home planet only to find the company he works for has gone down the tubes. It seems a shipment of carrots was never delivered and this has left the company with a massive debt to pay. Olimar however has with him a small object from the planet that is worth a lot of money. The company president sends him to bring back more of the objects. Along for the ride is Louie. With Louie at his side and a horde of Pikmin behind him, Olimar braves the planet’s dangers, both above ground and in underground caves to save his company.
Though there are a lot of controls to this game, they are easy to remember. This game is easy to play and the learning curve is short. Mastering it though is a whole other matter. In it’s own way, this game can be hard.
Minimal. The Pikmin fight other predators that inhabit the planet. These battles are quite mild and bloodless. A body is left over afterward to be transformed into new Pikmin by being taken back to the ship. Pikmin can die in a number of ways. They can be eaten, burned, drowned, poisoned, electrocuted, crushed, and blown up. All of these ways are very tame and not detailed.
None, I’m happy to say.
Nothing occultic. Some of the items you uncover are given names like Crystallized Telepathy, Telekinesis, Clairvoyance, etc. They are simply different colored marbles.
Other elements of concern
A few enemies might be a little scary to some players. One in particular is the Waterwraith. Some enemies also look cute and this might also upset younger players.
Teamwork is emphasized in Pikmin 2 and using your individual talents to achieve victory. Each Pikmin has its own strengths. Red Pikmin are immune to fire, yellow can withstand electricity, blue can live in water, purple are super-strong, and white can go through poison. The key is to use each color of Pikmin to overcome each challenge. Strategy is also important because if you act recklessly, you’ll more than likely lose a lot of your Pikmin. Slacking off is also discouraged. Each day lasts 13 minutes and you have to make each of those minutes count. Of course patience is also useful. You can spend a day to examine your surroundings and determine the best methods to use.
Pikmin 2 is a fun game. I thought it was better than the first one. In the first one, you only had 30 days to repair your ship. In this one, you can spend as many days as you like; a bonus for people who don’t do well under pressure, like me. Parents can rest easy with this game. With minimal violence and little to no objectionable content, this game is great for the kids. I would recommend this game to people of all ages. It’s squeaky clean fun for everyone.
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