Pikmin Bloom, a new augmented reality app from Nintendo and Pokémon Go creator Niantic, arrives on mobile devices starting Tuesday. The new app will be released first in Australia and Singapore, and will be rolled out worldwide over the next few days on Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store, according to a press release. It will be available for free download.
“For me and for everyone at Niantic, helping this app take shape has been a new experience and a lot of fun,” Shigeru Miyamoto said in a new trailer for the game. “Hope everyone can create lasting memories with Pikmin. “
The app uses real-world augmented reality (AR) technology to bring the colorful insect-like mascots called Pikmin to your daily walk. In doing so, it aims to “spice up” mundane trips like going to the park or the grocery store by allowing you to interact with your Pikmin.
The main Pikmin games for consoles are a series of strategy games where you grow up and command groups of Pikmin as if they were an army. This app takes a more peaceful approach and does not involve fighting other creatures. In Pikmin Bloom, you plant Pikmin, which automatically sprout as you walk, and then pluck them. The more you walk, the more Pikmin friends you can make.
Walking with your Pikmin also leaves a trail of blooming flowers and gives your Pikmin the chance to collect items. There are no new Pikmin in this game, but they will collect outfits that they can wear. Since they collect specific items like fruits, you can use them to feed your Pikmin. Feeding them will then cause flowers to bloom on their heads which you can use to plant even more flowers during your walk, allowing you and others to plant virtual gardens throughout your city.
Although you can team up with other coaches in Pokémon Go, this app is always a competitive game where you fight to take gyms for your team. Pikmin blooms will not require you to choose teams and aims to be more collaborative. Throughout the game, you plant gardens with others and take on challenges with players that will help you earn rewards.
Pikmin Bloom try to celebrate mundane memories more. A key part of the game will be a journal that allows you to reflect on your day. So, every day, the application will allow you to count your steps and generate a diary entry which will give you the possibility to add photos and create a small entry.