In the next few months, the Nintendo Switch will be home to many different indie games, including some really unique and almost downright bizarre ones. Pikuniku is definitely in the “bizarre” category, and is in fact described as an “absurd” puzzle-exploration game by its developers (Sectorub, with Devolver Digital as publisher).
At first glance, Pikuniku looks like a really colourful and cheerful little game, but not everything is as happy as it seems. Indeed, the game has you help the townsfolk face their fears, but also uncover a deep state conspiracy, and “rebuild a cheerful community in a delightful dystopian adventure”. Yeah… those are definitely not words you’d expect to read when first coming across this game!
Follow an eccentric mayor leading a village full of peculiar characters full of worry and trepidation as their perfect world teeters on the verge of chaos. Help them out, make some friends, and bring this community back together through your good deeds!
In this game, you get to play as Piku, who actually is an outsider and isn’t from the cheerful village (in local co-op, he is joined by a character called Piku). There’s a really colourful world for you to explore, filled with quirky characters to help with their (unusuel) requests. There’s also puzzles (clever ones, mind you!) for you to solve.
Here’s the key features of this really unique game:
- A Vibrant Adventure: Explore a colorful world at your own pace, help quirky characters with their unusual requests, and solve clever puzzles all without hurting anyone at all.
- Charming Cast: An eccentric mayor leads a village full of peculiar characters full of worry and trepidation as their perfect world teeters on the verge of chaos. Help them out, make some friends, and bring this community back together through your good deeds!
- Cooperative Mode: Join up with a friend for local multiplayer fun in an original cooperative mode with more than a dozen handcrafted levels full of splendid puzzles and good times.
Oh, and Fork Parker (Devolver Digital’s CFO) quote about the lack of gore in the game is quite priceless:
During the course of early development it became clear that if we wanted to add in all the gore and violence that gamers crave it would cost a lot more money. And I’m not about to pay for more than I have to so get ready for vibrant colours and cute, invincible characters.
Well, that settles it, then!
Here’s the reveal and some screenshots:
Pikuniku (Switch – eShop) will be released next year in Europe and North America. It’s been added to the Upcoming Games page.