Yoku's Island Express
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About this game
Developer: Villa Gorilla
Content Rating: Everyone10+
Yoku’s Island Express is an open world/metroidvania-style pinball adventure, Seamlessly blending platform navigation with pinball mechanics across a large open world.
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For as many great, engaging or immersive outings we’ve already been treated to in the past few years with this genre, Yoku’s Island Express can now be added to that same list of essential efforts with an identity that is all its own. One that doesn’t lean too heavily on the tried-and-tested conventions of either the platformer or Metroidvania philosophy and is all the better because of it.
As you watch Yoku’s ball fling the dung beetle helplessly across Mokumana Island for the hundredth time, it’s hard not to come to the realisation that Yoku’s Island Express is a rare and special treat. This part-open world pinball adventure game, part-Metroidvania likely baffled when the idea was discussed early on but has been created with such careful precision that the end result is nothing short of sensational.
There's also some slowdown when moving quickly from area to area using the fast travel system. It's possible other platforms don't have this problem, but it was only a minor annoyance in any case. Yoku's Island Express is a delight, plain and simple. It's gorgeous, plays beautifully, and I hope it's the start of a new franchise, because I want to play a lot more of this.