- Publisher: Villa Gorilla
- Release Date: May 29, 2018
- Also On: PC, Switch, Xbox One
- Summary: Yoku’s Island Express is an open world/metroidvania-style pinball adventure, Seamlessly blending platform navigation with pinball mechanics across a large open world.
- Developer: Villa Gorilla
- Genre(s): Action, Pinball
- # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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Yoku's Island Express - 10 Minutes Of Gameplay
Positive: 11 out of 11
Mixed: 0 out of 11
Negative: 0 out of 11
May 29, 2018Yoku’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.
May 29, 2018Yoku'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.
May 30, 2018Yoku’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.
Jun 11, 2018Yoku's Island Express is a unique genre mix with enjoyable pinball mechanics and great presentation. A lot of fun for pinball fans.
May 29, 2018Yoku'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.
Jun 22, 2018This 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.
Playstation Official Magazine UKJul 2, 2018Its 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]
Positive: 8 out of 10
Mixed: 2 out of 10
Negative: 0 out of 10
Dec 10, 2018This 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!!… Expand
Jun 21, 2018No 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.… Expand
Jul 7, 2018LOL this game is literally everything you want. Rayman graphics with a weird mix of pinball and platforming plus a lot of collectables.
Sep 10, 2021Juego muy entretenido, que mezcla las plataformas con el pinball haciendo que esta combinación engrandezca ambos géneros, no se hace nadaJuego muy entretenido, que mezcla las plataformas con el pinball haciendo que esta combinación engrandezca ambos géneros, no se hace nada pesado ya que su duración es correcta así como la cantidad de lugares por explorar harán que no nos aburramos ni un segundo.… Expand
Jun 12, 2018This is a charming and fun game, with a beautiful organic graphical theme, and some unique and entertaining gameplay elements.
Taking onThis is a charming and fun game, with a beautiful organic graphical theme, and some unique and entertaining gameplay elements.
Taking on the role of a dung beetle postman, you go about the job of delivering letters, whilst helping the colorful and cute inhabitants. The main quest sees you working to alert the islands tribal chiefs to prevent a menace known as the 'god slayer' from killing the last uninjured island god.
Your character traverses the forest island via a little walking, and a lot of pinball-style bouncing around. The pinball areas feature various obstacles that you eliminate using mechanics and tools that are introduced over the game. One core mechanic is the collecting of fruit, which is used to unlock pinball flippers, that are in turn used to access new areas, or to take shortcuts. Additionally, as you gain new tools and abilities, you are able to more quickly traverse the world.
I found Yoku's Island Express to be a fun and refreshing game, with a lot of heart, and a unique experience that turns pinball style gameplay into more than just score chasing.… Expand
May 29, 2018Yoku’s Island Express
Yoku’s Island express is a 7 hour long Metroidvania game where you play as a postmaster beetleYoku’s Island Express
Yoku’s Island express is a 7 hour long Metroidvania game where you play as a postmaster beetle named yoku you’re here to deliver some mail, but this sets you on a quest of gathering the three chiefs of the island to perform a ritual to save makuma, the life blood of this island…
and in Metroid vania fashion this means going as far as you can on this one giant connected map completing quests to get new items to reach new areas rinse and repeat until credits role…
this isn’t an ordinary metroidvania game though,,
The entire map is one giant pinball machine..
you have full control of yokuyoure rolling along this ball, but often you’ll find yourself in a mini pinball area where you lose full control and are just focused on the flippers.. hitting targets, collecting fruit so you can unlock other targets and fast travel bee line posts.. even working towards larger fruit carrying capacity
for probably the first half of the game, the fruit feels worth collecting and looking out for..
it feels scarce despite seemingly being all over the place due to how pricey unlocking bumpers and new items is..
this encourages exploration, and youll soon find collectables insinuating there are a few secrets to uncover on this island, adding more intrigue….
Everything about this game is so charming and well designed..
As a metroidvania, I naturally felt overwhelmed at times…
this game is very unlinear, you have a map you can keep referring to to the area you need to get to.. but until you’ve explored an area its clouded.. so finding the route to get there is completely up to you..
youll constantly run into for the time being dead ends as you might not yet have the ability to get past a certain point..
though if you stop and talk to the characters of this world, the game does a great job of giving you hints on where to go to next, or which area to investigate a little..
As a giant pinball game, traversing upwards can feel a bit frustrating at times… as you are relying on timing od the ball and the triggers and you can feel a little out of control, but yokus island express is also super forgiving..
you cant really die in this game.. you can only lose fruit and traversal progress…
but none of it is ever too painful..
Its just enough to keep you engaged and putting in a decent amount of effort…
there are also side quests here on top of the collectables..
tons to do to keep you exploring and hooked in this polished pinball world..
This is a really unique experience worth checking out..
theres nothing out there like it.
I give Yokus Island Express
a 7.5/10… Expand
Jun 5, 2019Game was quite fun but I wasnt the intended target audience i think, I overall think this is a good game and if you are into pinball you willGame was quite fun but I wasnt the intended target audience i think, I overall think this is a good game and if you are into pinball you will probably love this, it has a lot of charm, the music is quite nice and the gameplay is fun for what it is, now ive never been really into pinball so if your a casual like me you might get a bit frustrated with this as you really need to learn to know when to hit the ball at a certain angle to get it where you want to go, ive never really been a fan of this about pinball, i usually just mash the bumpers and hope eventually it goes where i want it to, but if you take your time and learn the mechanics i think you can have a good time with this, i did overall enjoy my time with it but as i said im probably not the best person to listen to as i am not a pinball game fan in the first place, I think the game dev team behind this are talented and id like to see where they go from here, if you like pinball i think your gonna love this, if your not tho like me i dont think this is the game thats gonna change your mind… Expand
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