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83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. 90
    Yoku’s Island Express is a unique take on the pinball, platforming and adventure genre’s. Not only does it blend these gameplay styles beautifully, it matches these with stunning visuals and a vast world that just deserves to be explored. Truly innovative and delightful in every way.
  2. May 29, 2018
    90
    Yoku's Island Express is a colorful pearl that emerges from the sea of independent development, a title that demonstrates how much innovation and originality can play a fundamental role in the current videogame market.
  3. 90
    Yoku’s Island Express is the open-world pinball adventure you never knew you wanted, but that you desperately need to play. The vibrant art, expansive world, and fun story come together with the best elements of metroidvania and pinball games to create a new experience unlike anything else out there.
  4. CD-Action
    Sep 27, 2018
    85
    I have no clue how Villa Gorilla came up with an idea to combine a platformer with a pinball (was there a hat full of cards with genres on them involved?) but it works like a charm. Instead of jumping you use numerous flippers, which fit into the game world surprisingly well along with other elements that usually belong on the pinball table. In addition to being super fun to play Yoku’s Island Express looks and sounds great and is one of the most charming games I’ve come across. I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. [08/2018, p.77]
  5. May 30, 2018
    85
    The weird mix of platforming and pinball works wonderfully well which is completely unexpected. The result is an entertaining title which sets itself apart due to its distinctive visuals and while the physics can get a bit wonky from time to time, the amount of content is considerable. An original title and a lot of fun guaranteed.
  6. Jun 11, 2018
    83
    Yoku's Island Express is a unique genre mix with enjoyable pinball mechanics and great presentation. A lot of fun for pinball fans.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jul 2, 2018
    80
    Its necessary backtracking may bug you occasionally but the joyful core of its being will bring a smile to the lips of even the most stoic. [Issue#151, p.85]
  8. Jun 22, 2018
    80
    This game might be a bit easy, it is still very fun to discover this well created world. It is amazing how well two game genres are mixed into one game.
  9. Jun 12, 2018
    80
    Who said Metroidvania and pinball can’t exist in the same game? Yoku’s Island Express shows the opposite by being a great game, thanks to very uncommon and never frustrating gameplay.
  10. May 29, 2018
    80
    A novel Metroidvania-pinball hybrid that stands out as something wholly unique. It blends those clashing genres with a beautiful island style, and its satisfying flippers and bumpers make uncovering its wide island a ton of fun. Retreading completed areas while hunting for secrets can occasionally get stale, but Yoku’s Island Express has a refreshingly positive attitude that kept me smiling the whole way through.
  11. May 29, 2018
    80
    Yoku's Island Express is one of the most surprising games of 2018. The combination of pinball and Metroidvania is, on paper at least, a little like dipping your French fries into your milkshake; as good as the two elements are separately, they shouldn't really work together. But thanks to an array of smart design choices, a wonderful art style, and some genuinely inventive puzzles, Yoku's Island Express is a game that only rarely frustrates – and frequently delights.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    This game is a very refreshing take on pinball mechanics with a nice story behind it, add in some quirky characters, few side missions andThis game is a very refreshing take on pinball mechanics with a nice story behind it, add in some quirky characters, few side missions and crisp graphics, and we have a gem!! Full Review »
  2. Jul 7, 2018
    10
    LOL this game is literally everything you want. Rayman graphics with a weird mix of pinball and platforming plus a lot of collectables.
  3. Jun 21, 2018
    10
    No idea why this game has so many negative reviews, nothing about this game is deserving of a purely negative score. The game looks great, theNo idea why this game has so many negative reviews, nothing about this game is deserving of a purely negative score. The game looks great, the mechanics are innovative and interesting and the game is a ton of fun throughout. My only one issue can be getting around the island quickly, but you soon unlock the means to travel around the island faster (the issue is getting to the hop on point). It's also not a very long game but I guess that's why it's not full price. I personally enjoy a shorter experience between all these massive 100+ hours games nowadays.
    If you like pinball even remotely, get it. If you don't but the game looks somewhat appealing, wait for a sale and get it then. It might not score any GOTY's but it sure is a lot of fun and it is a well made game. Honest score 8.5/10, but giving it a 10 to balance out what I can only assume to be fake review scores.
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