As a strategy game, there's a lot for children to think about here, and one wrong move can mean the difference between success and disaster. The controls at least are fairly simple - using the GamePad, the left analogue stick moves, while the A Button can be used to throw Pikmin at things, where they'll use their initiative and do whatever's necessary, either picking up a fruit to carry it back to your ship, or whacking at an enemy with their heads. But the life forms on the Pikmin planet are deadly, and killing them without losing too many of your Pikmin takes a lot of practice, and trial and error as you try to discover their weak points. While you can have up to 100 Pikmin in your squad, and have five types of Pikmin available, each of which have their own special abilities, several sections in the game see you coming up against enemies that can wipe out half, or even two thirds of your team in one hit. With so much to think about, tricky bosses, and Pikmin that aren't the most intelligent creatures in the world (they have a nasty habit for getting stuck on walls, or simply standing staring into space when there's a giant enemy behind them), the amount of hand holding and management you have to do with the Pikmin means younger children may struggle if they haven't played many strategy games (such as Little King's Story) before.
Older children, however, will appreciate the intuitive challenge Pikmin offers. With a heavy emphasis on exploration, adventure, and trial and error as you use your Pikmin to build bridges, dig tunnels, and open secret routes to other parts of the world - all while avoiding the often less than friendly wildlife - there's a lot here for children to enjoy, especially those who like to think things through, and take a more methodical approach. With the game divided into days, each of which lasts 15 minutes, it's also helpful that you can choose to go back, and replay any earlier days should you so choose, letting you undo any particularly awful mistakes and be more careful next time!