There is little news about Niantic’s latest AR game recently. The company first announced the project in March, but has remained relatively silent on the app since. For this iteration of the formula that developers are familiar with, the creators of Pokémon Go collaborated with Nintendo to make the nominal creature in the Pikmin series your walking partner, and it looks like they are ready to take the first step.
The newly-named Pikmin Bloom will be launched in certain regions today, and will be released globally in the next few days. I recently wandered through the upcoming game and learned about its early gameplay. So far, Pikmin Bloom feels like a gamified exercise app, rather than Niantic’s Pokémon Go, which feels more like a mobile game that happens to involve walking, and it seems to be what the creators wanted. Niantic Tokyo Studio UX design director Katayama Maru explained in a recent preview event that the goal of the game is to enhance your typical walking experience. Therefore, if you have already started school or work, Pikmin Bloom can make your journey more enjoyable. The app embodies the fascinating feel of the Pikmin series, and useful plant-based creatures are as cute on your smartphone as they are on the Nintendo platform. Whether this makes its gameplay compelling remains questionable.
You can start Pikmin Bloom by setting an avatar, but the scope of customization is limited to some pre-created options. Even before entering the core of the experience, it is easy to see how the game captures the joy of the original IP. Although the music is cheerful, it is gentle and gentle, and the recognizable Pikmin voice is as likable as ever.
First, you will receive red Pikmin seedlings. By planting them in your special Pikmin growth backpack and taking the specified number of steps, you will grow fully formed creatures. If you are a fan of Pokémon Go, this process is very similar to an egg incubator. These Pikmins can then follow you on a hike, looking for more seedlings or picking fruits along the way. Harvesting these fruits as nectar allows you to give your small group some snacks, let the flowers on their heads grow, and provide you with a supply of petals.
The petals provide fuel for the most unique aspect of the game: growing flowers. When you open the app and have petals on hand, you can start flower planting. This will leave a bunch of flowers behind you, help your Pikmin grow faster, and mark your path as you walk in the real world. Other players in the game will be able to see these blooming paths and add their own flowers. This will come in handy when you encounter a huge unopened flower bud in the game. So far, I have seen them appear in Pokémon Go and are also places for gyms or Poké Stops, and Pikmin Bloom’s version of these locations requires players to plant a certain amount in a designated space around a large, enclosed flower. The flower has bloomed to make it.
At the end of each day, the app will contents Your daily steps, reward achievement badges, such as adding a certain number of Pikmin, and let you choose to make a memory log with notes and pictures. Your actions will be converted into points to help you level up; reaching higher levels will grant privileges, such as letting more Pikmin join your active walking squad, unlocking different colored creatures or obtaining some useful items.
I have used Pikmin Bloom for a short time, but my initial impressions have nothing to do, although this may be intentional. You didn’t take the initiative to find anything, and you didn’t fight. In fact, if you connect the game to a fitness app to record your steps in the background, you really don’t have much reason to open the game, except for taking Pikmin from your backpack or opening the planter. As you level up, this is entirely possible to change, and Niantic promises to hold a community day once a month, which may increase gameplay. However, if daily walks have become part of your daily life, or you just want to take a group of tree-lined buddies for a walk, Pikmin Bloom will add a dose of joy to your day. The game was launched today as a free app on Android and iOS in Singapore and Australia, and the creator promised that Pikmin Bloom will be released in other regions soon.