Have you been struggling lately to find motivation to get outside? Nintendo’s and Niantic’s collaboration on their latest mobile creation, Pikmin Bloom, has just been announced to be released worldwide on iOS and Android devices very soon. It is currently available in stores in Australia and Singapore. Pinkmin Bloom uses AR technology to turn your daily walk into a lighthearted adventure where you can search the world around you for Pikman seeds and grow them into your very own walk squad, similar to the gameplay of Pokémon Go. Each Pikmin grows flowers out of their heads that you can then plant in the world around you. The more you walk the more Pikman you will gain, so you can get your steps in for the day and have fun while doing it.
As you explore the outside world, you will also have an option to take photos of your surroundings and add them to your journal along with a record of your step count from that specific walk. This gives you the ability to create a journal of your daily walks with your Pikman much like a scrapbook or memory wall. Pikmin Bloom also will have Community Day events, as seen in Pokémon Go. The exact form these events will take has not yet been announced, but it is likely that they will have some similarity to those seen in Pokémon Go where certain rare Pokémon are available for a limited time only.
Unlike Pokemon Go there is no competitive aspect to the game. Instead, Pikman Bloom is more of a collection game where the goal is to gather as many Pikman as possible and walk as far as possible. There is an option to see other players’ movements through the game as well and see how many Pikmin they have collected.