Pikmin Bloom

LQ: 8.85


Brain grade: 8.2
Fun score: 9.5

Game Type: , , ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 9+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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Pikmin Bloom is an app that blends a step counter, a mood tracker, and a Pikmin adventure all into one game. The player opens the game and creates their avatar and then can immediately begin growing Pikmin, tiny plant-based creatures. The player carries a special backpack around with them that allows them to plant and grow Pikmin seedlings simply by walking. The more steps the player takes, the faster their Pikmin will grow. When the seedlings are ready to be plucked, the player uses their finger to “pluck” them from their pots and place them on the ground. These Pikmin can then be named and placed onto squads; they will also follow the player’s avatar wherever they go. Pikmin will occasionally find fruit that can be transformed into nectar to feed to your Pikmin. This will cause the flowers on the tops of their stalks to grow, allowing you to harvest flower petals that can be used to expedite the growth of future Pikmin. 

The player can also send their Pikmin out on expeditions to claim things like fruit and other seedlings. The more the player walks, the more Pikmin they will grow to send out on expeditions. 

The game also features a simple mood tracker where the player can choose from a Happy, Neutral, or Sad face to track how they felt that day. They can then include an image from their camera roll and even add some text to reflect on the day. 

Pikmin Bloom is free to play but offers in-app purchases. In order to track your steps, certain features on your device may need to be turned on in the Settings menu. It is available now on iOS and Android.

Pikmin Bloom helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

The player can practice their self-awareness skills by using the mood tracker that is a part of Pikmin Bloom. At the end of each day, the player has the option to track their mood, include a picture from the day, and write a few sentences reflecting on the day’s events. Past entries can be pulled up as well so the player can look for patterns if there are particular days where they are feeling stressed, sad, or happy. 

Flexibility: Trying something new.

In order to find more seedlings and hatch more Pikmin, the player needs to continue to walk every day. The areas on the game’s map that are covered in clouds indicate areas that have not yet been explored while the game is running. This means that the player can practice their flexibility skills and try a new walking route in order to open up those areas on the game map. The game also occasionally features Community Days which open up new opportunities to get special Pikmin and more opportunities to try new things within the game.

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