Apart of the Club Nintendo promotional offer along with my Mario Kart 8 copy (review soon) I choose Pikmin 3 for my free digital downloadable game. New to Pikmin and hearing little about it, I thought it would be a great time to try it out (after all, I already owned New Super Mario Bros. U and my brother owns The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker HD, plus I didn't care to much for Wii Party U). How well does it play and feel? Pretty great.
Pikmin 3 is hard to explain. In the year 20XX, the planet Koppai is facing a food shortage and sends out ships in search of edible matter. They soon find a planet by the name of PNF-404 and detect food and life on the planet. Three astronauts, Alph, Brittany, and Charlie are sent to the planet to gather as much food as possible before the supply runs out in 100 days. During the landing, however, they crash land on PNF-404 and get separated, where they find the Pikmin.
Pikmin are creatures that are very friendly creatures that are willing to help you along your search for food, and are the key element of the game. Starting from Red Pikmin, who are immune to fire, and Rock Pikmin, Pikmin that pack a punch, you'll be introduced to new Pikmin throughout your game. You must protect the Pikmin through the enemies and hazards and when the sun sets, make sure your Pikmin are at the base.
The puzzles are challenging, but bittersweet. Once you find a solution to a puzzle or obstacle you overcame, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment. My favorite part of this game is the open-world. You're free to try anything you like and take any route you would like. But this game doesn't let you slack off for too long, as you have to collect fruit before all of the juice runs out and your crew is forced to starve.
I would definatly recommend this game for anyone who wants a challenge or wants a new style of game. Get this game from Club Nintendo FOR FREE with Mario Kart 8 if you haven't already.