The Epic Games Store has another free game this week, and it’s Pikuniku. The adventure puzzler from Sectordub is a AAA title hiding in an indie darling.
Pikuniku is this week’s standalone free game on Epic’s list for a reason. The title can stand on its own, and for those who haven’t heard of it, they’re lucky. The game is an excellent platform puzzler reminiscent of cult classics like Tomba! and Braid.
Follow Piku in a puzzle exploration adventure
The story of Niku follows the titular Piku, a red blob with long legs who woke up from a deep slumber. As he moves around the world, players will also see Mr. Sunshine. Sunshine is a capitalist creature giving universal basic income for automating towns.
As players solve through puzzles within the world, they’ll see that it’s an innocent veil. The game works like George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a satirical story about Stalinism. The only difference is the game’s commentary on unbridled capitalism.
While players move around, they’ll see a colorful, jovial world full of splendor. As time moves on, they’ll see more of what’s hiding underneath the curtains of cheerfulness.
“Pikuniku is an absurdly wonderful puzzle-exploration game that takes place in a strange but playful world where not everything is as happy as it seems,” says the game’s description.
“Help peculiar characters overcome struggles, uncover a deep state conspiracy, and start a fun little revolution in this delightful dystopian adventure!”
Piku is a family-friendly introduction to insurrection
Pikuniku is a beautiful puzzle adventure. It comes from the leagues of Braid, Playstation’s Tomba! and even Super Paper Mario. The 2D aesthetic is scenic, seemingly taken straight from a children’s storybook.
The game is not too long, taking an average of 5 hours to finish it top to bottom. Even then, it’s a story that fans would love to experience at least once. The tasks may seem inane at first, but they are both fun and great brain teasers too.
The story of Piku is a fantastic story of insurrection, revolution, and anti-capitalism. It’s a gorgeous tale that Orwell will be proud to play if he was alive today. The game also has an overwhelmingly positive score on Steam.
It’s wholesome to play, with no murder involved at all. It’s a great game to enjoy for parents who want a fun way to teach kids about social norms.
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