LQ: 9.3


Brain grade: 9.1
Fun score: 9.5

Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Steam Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X/S

Pikuniku is a puzzle solving adventure game where you play as a cute red ball with legs called Piku. Piku is awakened from his slumber to explore the world outside the cave he lives in. Piku interacts with the world by talking to other characters and manipulating objects with his legs. Piku can kick buttons, break or push items, or even curl into a ball to roll around. These actions help him to interact with the game’s environments and to guide the player through the story. 

The player can move through the game in single player mode or play in co-op mode. When in co-op mode, the second player controls an orange and similar looking character called Nikku. The players need to work together to move through the levels to get to the end goal. 

Pikuniku is rated E for everyone.

Pikuniku helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Flexibility: Trying something new. 

In order to navigate through the puzzles in the game, the player needs to be able to use their flexibility skills in order to try new approaches to the problem at hand. Sometimes the character will need to find a lever to push; other times they will need to run an errand for a character or solve a problem for them. For players who struggle with flexibility, they may find it difficult to think outside of the box to solve the game’s puzzles. For this, players should try wandering around the world with Piku and explore as much as they can without worrying about puzzle solving. They may find that they discover the answer to the puzzle or some extra items! 

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

For players who are playing in co-op mode, self-awareness is an important skill to use because you need to be aware of the other player and communicate with them in order to solve the in-game puzzles. For players who struggle with self-awareness and communication, they may find that they cannot easily complete levels together until they learn to talk to each other about how to move through the game.

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