Pikmin Bloom

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Pikmin Bloom is an augmented reality mobile game. For wandering and spending time outside, players are rewarded with items can either grow or feed Pikmin creatures. The walking player is depicted as a Nintendo Account Mii leading Pikmin, creating a trail of blossoming flowers on the map, and the Pikmin can find items. This includes fruit and costumes. The Pikmin grow flowers on their heads when fed, which in turn can be used to plant more flowers on the map. Players can explore to collect flowers of different pigments specific to a location. There are planned, collaborative multiplayer events involving large flowers.

The game is free-to-play. Like Niantic’s Pokémon Go, the player can use real-world money to purchase virtual coins to boost progress.

The player can take real photographs with virtual Pikmin. The lifelogging component, encourages the player to make and caption photos for daily calendar entries. The game app connects with Apple Health and Google Fit to count steps but has no smartwatch connection.

Babak Fakhamzadeh

Netherlands / Iran / Brazil


Babak was working in ICT4D before it had a name (2001), never really left it, and knows how to throw together a pretty mean combination of a wide array of programming languages, both frontend and backend. He brought photomarathons to Africa (2007) and won ...

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