This would have to be the most original and innovative titles to yet grace the GameCube console. The game's rating is G8+, however I would not recommend this title to anyone under 14 years. Not that there is anything untoward in the game, it's just that the puzzles and strategies might be a bit more than younger players can handle.
You play the role of Astronaut Captain Olimar and your ship, The Dolphin was struck by a meteor whilst in space. You have survived the crash but your ship is in pieces and to make matters worse you only have 30 days worth of power in your life support suit.
Whilst exploring your new environment, you come across a strange object. When touched, it pops up out of the ground and a seed shoots out and embeds itself in to the ground. When plucked you will come face to face with your ally, the Pikmin! Pikmin are extremely small and almost appear to be bipedal plants. They are intelligent and most anxious to help you for reasons not altogether obvious.
The control system on the title is very easy to master which is always a plus when it comes to thinking games. There is nothing worse than having to remember complex moves whilst also solving puzzles. Everything is laid out and very accessible.
In your search for the parts of your ship, the Pikmin that you encounter will be able to assist you in things that you could not achieve yourself. Working as a team they can carry things that you could not or break down barriers that impede your progress.
There are also more than one type of Pikmin, and they have various abilities and colours. Your different types of Pikmin are red, blue and yellow. Red are your main fighters, yellow can be thrown the furthest, and blue are your water friendly variety.
Probably the only complaint about this brilliant game is the fact that it will only take you about 12-13 hours to finish the entire thing from start to finish. The game is time limited to a single day in which you are required to have completed your objectives and escorted your Pikmin back to their ship, known as 'Onions' before the nocturnal predators come out and eat them.
Graphically, this game is one of the most stunning on the GameCube and is based on creator Miyamoto's own backyard which is apparent once you get into the game. Not that it's his backyard but that it's someone's garden.