Meet the seemingly happy Mr. Sunshine. He wants to give you all the money in the world in exchange for all of the world's junk. Unfortunately, the "junk" of the world consists of the trees, water, food, and everything else needed for survival.
Enter your character, a strange ball with legs known by others as only "The Beast". It is the goal of The Beast to help restore the world back to its former glory. Along the way you'll meet characters of very diverse characteristics who just want you to stop and help.
Pikuniku is a puzzle platformer where you control "The Beast" who walks strangely and can extend his legs to grab onto hooks and can also roll into a ball to squeeze into tight corridors. The game is an open-world platformer that is meant to be played at a leisurely pace and with a graphical style resembling paper cutouts.
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- Abandoned Mine: Or possibly Abandoned Town. Strangely, it's residents are shaped like Mr. Sunshine. The worm that assists you suggests that these are people rather than robots.
- all lowercase letters: Most of the dialogue consists of this.
- Back Tracking: You have to return to the first Village to destroy the robot taking away the corn. Thankfully you get a mode of fast travel later on.
- Big Bad: Mr. Sunshine is the main cause of everything going wrong in the game's world.
- Big Red Button: The volcano has a big red button that stops the eruption when pressed. The villagers press it admitting that it was not so wise to install an abort button right next to the button to make the volcano erupt.
- Chekhov's Volcano: Mr. Sunshine wants to make the island volcano erupt to destroy the island with its lava to build a perfect city.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Mr. Sunshine's greed and destruction of the environment are clear parallels to capitalism, and the way that he lies and spreads propaganda to further his control of the world is very comparable to dystopian settings.
- Great Escape: Late in the game, Mr. Sunshine arrests the Beast and puts him in jail for breaking his robots and interfering with his plans. It is within jail that the Beast learns of his plan and needs to escape to stop it.
- Megaton Punch: Or more accurately a Megaton Kick is how The Beast sends Mr. Sunshine into orbit at the end of the game.
- Minecart Madness: There are minecarts scattered throughout the Abandoned Mine.
- Playable Epilogue: After completing the game, you can explore the world and talk to the townspeople and see what's changed. If you pause and look at the list of objectives, it simply says, "The end."
- Sequel Hook: Mr. Sunshine promises to be back after he lands on a sunnier planet.
- Tempting Fate: Sam's Pottery
- Waddling Head: Your character is basically an oval with retractable legs and No Mouth.