Percentile Rank

Pikuniku is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 48 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Based on 48 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 21, 2019

What a really pleasant time this is. It’s family-friendly, without being a kids’ game.

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Expansive
Liked
Liked
Jan 21, 2019

Pikuniku is an absolute treasure, whether you play on Switch or PC. Sectordub have smashed it with the fabulous soundtrack, the way it looks, plays, feels, and everything else in-between. Pikuniku has me completely wrapped around its’ overly long legs.

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Player2.net.au
B
B
Jan 21, 2019

Pikuniku’s adorably hilarious approach to overthrowing a dystopian regime makes this brief adventure one worth spending a chilled out afternoon with.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 22, 2019

Playing out like an interactive episode of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, Pikuniku is a perfectly formed three hour adventure.

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Scored Reviews

GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

It's hard to talk about Pikuniku without giving too much away, so just know that it's a fun little puzzle-platformer that doesn't take itself seriously.

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Thumbsticks
Jan 22, 2019

Pikuniku is an unbridled joy. It's rainbows, ice cream, long weekends and kittens, combined and distilled into their purest, most potent form.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 21, 2019

My favorite gaming experiences are the ones that elicit a pure and physical response from me. Whether it's a horror game making me clench my cheeks or a story-driven game dropping my jaw and pulling a tear from my eye, those kinds of experiences are the ones that stick with me the most. With Pikuniku, I was smiling and laughing throughout the entire thing, and too few games get that kind of response out of me. Pikuniku is a treasure of a game, and I can't wait to see more from this team.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 21, 2019

I had been looking forward to playing Pikuniku since it was revealed as a Nintendo Switch release, and I'm happy to report that it's certainly a colorfully charming, relaxing and fun 2D platforming exploration puzzle game that I highly recommend you buy on Nintendo Switch. You'll be able to take on this adventure on your own or with a friend or loved one thanks to its local co-op, so be sure to grab the game!

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

That said, I do wish there was a little more to do, especially since the world and characters are so unusual and entertaining. Anyone with even a little interest in Pikuniku should consider picking it up and going in as blind as possible. Much of the enjoyment is in simple, child-like discovery.

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Pardis Game
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2019

Pikuniku is a short & sweet experience that never takes itself seriously. The game is super fun and cheerful thanks to its gorgeous appearance, well-composed music tracks, delightful gameplay and good sense of humor. However, its short length might leave you wanting more.

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Sick Critic
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Pikuniku is worth your money and time. It may not be a revolutionary work of high art, but it’s definitely enjoyable. I’d recommend buying it for the Nintendo Switch so you can play it in pieces, but the PC version (which I played) is perfectly acceptable. This is a game I’m going to tell my friends about and get them to buy.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

Are you in the mood for an absurdist yet cheerful adventure-platformer about corporate sabotage? Pikuniku just might be your game.

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Handsome Phantom
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

This game will not challenge you nor will it show you anything that you haven’t seen before from a mechanic point of view. Clocking in at only 3 to 5 hours, you won’t even be playing it for all that long. But what Pikuniku will do is make you smile. It’s outrageous, random, nostalgic, and most importantly, shouldn’t be missed.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

It's impossibile not to love Pikuniku, but now I want some more.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 21, 2019

We struggle to recall a dystopia quite as cheerful as the one found in Pikuniku. It's a short game, but one packed with heart and imagination, with a great single-player component and excellent couch co-op that can genuinely be enjoyed by anyone. It makes us remember the fun we had cutting pieces from our friends in Snipperclips, but where we occasionally hit a brick wall with that game, Pikuniku sidesteps frustration in favour of a breezy and charming adventure; a perfect salve if you need a break from the backlog, but don't dive in expecting endless hours of gameplay.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2019

Pikuniku is an entertaining distraction, a wonderful game world to romp around in. And when you've finished the entire story in a day or three of casual play, you can look forward to restarting it with your inventory intact and exploring all the nooks and crannies to find what you missed before, and going back to finding Ernie, and kick, kick, kicking him back up through the tunnels and back to safety. Tell him I said, “Hi.”

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jan 22, 2019

Pikuniku is an intriguing game as it takes some heavy concepts and transforms them into something colourfully palatable, with interesting characters and a fun soundtrack.

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Daily Mirror
Feb 2, 2019

Still, developer Sectordub have created a delightfully quirky experience with bags of personality. It might not last very long, but Pikuniku manages to deliver a lot of fun little moments before you see the end screen.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 6, 2019

Some mild frustrations and pacing aside, Pikuniku is disarmingly agreeable, revelling in the random while telling a surreal and well-structured story. Both my kids (they’re the reason this review is so far after release, hogging the Switch to play this) and I have had a tonne of fun with this game, inspiring bemused, furrowed brows and face splitting smiles a plenty.

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SwitchWatch
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019
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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

In the wrong hands, Pikuniku could have been a shallow and ultimately forgettable experience, but its expressive dialogue, clever framing, and charming, upbeat soundtrack do enough heavy lifting to elevate it into something far more endearing. The characterization, in particular, is delightfully fleshed out. It's a simple game with a ton of heart that'll leave you beaming when everything's said and done.

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Jump Dash Roll
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 31, 2019

If you're looking for something short, sweet and bound to make you smile, you won't be let down by Pikuniku's infectious charm and gameplay.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jan 21, 2019

Despite being rather short, Pikuniku is sure to please players anyway thanks to its pleasant presentation, relaxed atmosphere, goofy characters, and its world that's just plain fun to explore.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

If you are looking for a game that will constantly have you asking yourself what you just experienced, Pikuniku may just be what you are looking for. The main story can take you anywhere from 3 - 5 hours along with nine co-operative levels, trophies to discover, and achievements to unlock. Pikuniku is a truly delightful fever-dream on two spindly legs.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

Pikuniku is an eye-pleasing, entertaining outing that just oozes charm, with characters who are endearing without ever becoming irritating. If you want a game that will have you grinning with joy, then pick up Pikuniku.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 28, 2019

A short, funny platforming adventure about a weird little dude on a strange quest, Pikuniku is a charming delight.

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Daily Dot
Jan 27, 2019

This game belongs in the same breath as Undertale and Night in the Woods for the way it plays with its own video game-ness. Pikuniku bashes tropes, breaks the rules, and defies any possible expectations you could have.

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Video Chums
Jan 21, 2019

When it comes to laidback delightful fun, Pikuniku provides a top-notch adventure that'll keep your toes tapping as you journey forth.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 21, 2019

Honestly, it’s just a really fun game and you should play it. It is only a few hours of your time, and it’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 22, 2019

It would have been nice if Pikuniku was longer and had a bit more to its story, if only because it means spending more time with its interesting and charming world. Still, what we have is a fun blend of physics-based gameplay, traditional platforming, exploration, eye-catching art and a fun cast that makes for one cute, highly-enjoyable experience. It's a quick little romp through a gleefully bizarre world that you won't regret checking out.

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Game Revolution
Jan 24, 2019

It may not be long but you’ll have a big, dumb smile on your face the whole time; a pure realization of quality over quantity.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 22, 2019

Its look and feel gives it a charming aesthetic that draws you in, and its solid controls coupled with balanced puzzles makes you stay a while. A funny campaign that has some true laugh out loud moments, but sometimes has vague mission objectives forcing you to wander around aimlessly until you stumble upon the next step.

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Screen Rant
Jan 23, 2019

Devolver Digital presents Pikuniku, an endearing and outright hilarious all-ages platforming adventure game, but it's over way too quickly.

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PC Gamer
79 / 100
79 / 100
Jan 21, 2019

A wonderfully absurd tale of insurrection and kicking stuff in a cheery-looking world.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2019

Pikuniku is quirky, funny and more than a little bit mad, all adding up to a short-but-sweet, colourful platform adventure.

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Flickering Myth
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2019

Pikuniku doesn’t do much new with the cutesy indie game formula, but it does present a beguilingly offbeat mood, wrapped around some enticingly colourful visuals and snappy gameplay that doesn’t tax the brain.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jan 21, 2019

Pikuniku is definitely a bit of an odd title. It’s a little shorter than I was hoping, but across the entirety of the game I was never really uninterested or bored, I actually really enjoyed my time with it. If I had to say though, I feel like there could have been a little more effort put into really branching out with some of the mechanics, but I’m not disappointed with the game by any means, I just found myself left wanting more.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 1, 2019

A charming little adventure with a good heart, a quirky atmosphere and a fascinating tone. Pros and cons can for once essentially be the same: some will be delighted by the randomness and the utter simplicity of the whole experience, while others might find it a bit too much.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 22, 2019

Despite its childish look, Pikuniku tells us a revolutionary tale of a random guy joining a resistance group fighting against an evil corporation. Funny until the end, Devolver's new game may mostly count on its strange physics, even to the point of frustration when the game asks for strong platformer parts. The two-player mode might balance a very short length though.

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Level Down Games
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Sometimes, I want to relax and play something that doesn’t require too much effort or thought, and Pikuniku certainly filled that hole in a playing catalogue that, for me, is usually occupied by the newest hardcore, realistic, blood-and-guts grit fest. The game garnered plenty of laughs from me and I’ve recommended it to a few friends to try; especially since it was free on Twitch for Amazon Prime subscribers for a few days. The price tag on Steam is set at $12.99, which may be a little high for a short, low-budget game with little replay value, but if you find yourself bored and looking for something fun to do with a few extra bucks and one of Steam’s frequent sales on your radar, Pikuniku isn’t a bad choice at all.

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Cultured Vultures
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2019

Pikuniku is a bizarre and often hilarious puzzle platformer that is too hamstrung by its brisk campaign to make it much more than a neat distraction.

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Gameplanet
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2019

Pikuniku is a hilarious game that's oozing with charm. Its single player campaign is full of moments that make you feel like a kid again, and its co-op mode is surprisingly relaxing. Unfortunately its charm is let down by a clumsy control scheme that doesn't always mesh with some of the mechanics, and this can create an experience that ultimately feels unrewarding.

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VideoGamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 21, 2019

This puzzle-platformer's puzzles and platforming might be merely alright – and the music is a proper irritant – but Pikuniku is full of so much cheer and loveliness elsewhere. It's bursting with character in a story that's equal parts silly and uplifting.

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Impulsegamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jan 26, 2019

Pikuniku is a vibrant, simplistic adventure platformer with a great sense of humour.

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New Game Network
60 / 100
60 / 100
Jan 21, 2019

Pikuniku offers a few amusing moments, but its underwhelming presentation and simplistic gameplay make for an easily forgettable experience.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 21, 2019

Pikuniku is simple, silly, and ultimately kind of pointless. That being said, if you're looking for a short, feel-good experience, it might be up your alley.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jan 21, 2019

Pikuniku's minimalistic visuals, wacky humour, overall happy vibe, light collect-athon mindset, and simple gameplay mechanics, make it a good pick for those who just want to kill an evening or two with something that's fun, but not that demanding. Sadly, there's a severe lack of content at hand, which is surprising given the length of it all.

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Twinfinite
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Jan 21, 2019

Its absurdity, alongside occasional quips do end up pulling their weight, but it's not enough to save Piku's journey from being inoffensive and simply forgettable.

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