When the Pikmin Bloom mobile app was released on October 26, 2021, I was one of the first to download and dive into this new world. As a HUGE fan of the original Pikmin series, I was intrigued to see how this beloved franchise would translate into the mobile platform. Little did I know, this game would become more than just another app on my phone, it would assist me in achieving a balanced life and a healthier lifestyle.
Pikmin Bloom Review: More Than a Game
When reviewing Pikmin Bloom, one of the first things I discovered was that it was far from just a mobile game (if you could even call it a "Game" at all). It's an exercise motivator cleverly disguised as a playful adventure. To my surprise, it was not merely about collecting cute and colorful Pikmin; it was an ingenious way to encourage daily physical activity.
I quickly found myself aiming to get more than 10,000 steps a day, roughly 5 miles, just to progress in the game. This might seem like a tall order, but the game's design made it feel like an enjoyable challenge rather than a daunting task.
Building a Community
Pikmin Bloom isn't just a solo endeavor. The game offers options to join missions with friends, a feature that fosters a sense of community. Together, we can collect a variety of special event Pikmin, adding a refreshing and competitive twist to our daily walks.
However, the game is not without its shortcomings. I often find myself wishing for more connections to the mainline series of Pikmin, such as battling monsters or finding ship parts. Such features would undoubtedly add more motivation and variety to the experience. But even without these, the app, in its current state, is more than adequate.
Aesthetics and Sound
The graphics are vibrant and colorful, reminiscent of the original series. The sound effects harken back to the mainline Pikmin games, providing a nostalgic touch.
But the real reason I keep opening the app each day isn't for the graphics or sound effects. It's to push my step counter, level up my character, and maintain my daily exercise regimen. With consistent use, I've managed to grow my character to level 81 - a testament to both dedication to the game and commitment to a healthier lifestyle.
A Tool for Healthy Living
In a world where in-app purchases often feel necessary for enjoyment, Pikmin Bloom stands out. Sure, there are options to enhance the experience, like buying outfits and hats, but they are superfluous. The game can be enjoyed and beneficial to health without spending a dime.
If you're looking for motivation to get outside, be healthy, or even lose weight, I highly recommend Pikmin Bloom. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or just someone looking for a fun way to stay active, this game offers something for everyone.
If you see me on the trail recording a YouTube video for Smash JT, you can safely assume that Pikmin Bloom is actively running in the background. It's not just a game for me; it's a tool for a healthier, more balanced life. And I'm excited to see where this journey takes me next.