Niantic has announced the launch of its second Nintendo-related project, Pikmin Bloom. The game, which is expected to launch on the Apple App and Google Play in the coming days, is focused on improving the players’ daily walks.
Using the technology behind its popular game Pokemon Go, Niantic is pushing players to go outside and take a walk. Thus, players will find pickmin saplings in the game. They can then pluck them after having raised them while walking. The picmins follow the players like Captain Olimar. Walking will make in-game flowers bloom on the path, and tiny creatures will collect nectar from various fruits that players collect in the game.
The game feels less intense than Pokemon Go, but sounds as if it shares some of the game’s features. The emphasis on exercise sets it apart from other projects. An interesting idea is that players can see common flower trails from their routes. Sounds like it will be part of the overall Pickmin Bloom experience, just as raids and gyms serve this purpose in Pokemon Go.
One interesting addition to Pikmin Bloom is that players can take pictures of the Pikmin they have collected. They can review how many steps they have taken and add notes and photos to their life journal. This could be further, but Pikmin Bloom will be hosting a monthly Community Day event that will further enhance the community aspect of the project. The game is currently available in Australia and Singapore, but will be available in other regions soon.