Uncover a deep state conspiracy in PikuNiku for Switch and PC in 2018
August 30, 20171 min read
One of my favorite themes in storytelling is appearances versus reality. Is what we are seeing actually what's happening or are we on the wrong end of a dirty trick? So it should come as to no surprise that when I stumbled onto PikuNiku with its bright colors and seemingly dark underbelly it immediately had my interest.
PikuNiku is described as an "absurd puzzle-exploration game that takes place in a strange but playful world where not everything is as happy as it seems." The gameplay looks to be your standard step on block and activate door or lift mechanics so nothing really special to write about here. It does feature co-op which is always a welcome feature in games, especially on easily portable Switch.
Aesthetically it is an absolute joy to watch with bright happy music and playful sound effects, which I'm sure will be put to great use to tell what seems to be a darker story. It looks just about as odd as you would expect a Devolver Digital release on the Switch to be with a juxtaposition of bright colors and cartoonishly proportioned characters walking around a world with government spying and robots mixing among the townsfolk.