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  • 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jun 21, 2018
    100
    Yoku's Island Express is out on basically everything, and wherever you can grab it, I heavily recommend it. The game is just an absolute treat from top to bottom, perfect even for people who aren't particularly interested in pinball. It puts these two genres together extremely well, making them both feel fresh and fun in a way I haven't seen in a good bit. The kind of imagination and design on display is always great to see, and you'll find yourself wishing for more as soon as the credits roll.
  2. May 29, 2018
    90
    Yoku's Island Express is a genuine breath of fresh air, combining pinball and Metroidvania mechanics in a way that feels truly inspired. Add in one of the most appealing fantasy worlds you'll find on the eShop, and you have yourself an instant left-field classic.
  3. May 31, 2018
    90
    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.
  4. May 29, 2018
    80
    A strangely successful mix of genres that plays both a mean pinball and a highly competent game of Metroidvania, and all wrapped up in some utterly charming presentation.
  5. Jul 17, 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.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Jun 21, 2018
    80
    It's almost tempting to say that this feels like the combination of pinball and platforming that Sonic The Hedgehog wishes it was. [Aug 2018, p.108]
  7. 70
    For the most part though, Yoku’s Island Express is a lot of wholesome, whimsical fun. It manages to make the hybrid of two disparate genres work in some inspired ways, and the result is a unique game full of surprises that is sure to delight players. The only flaw is when the mechanics outweigh their welcome and stop feeling unique – the moments where Yoku is just a pinball game, or just a Metroidvania, are generally the weakest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Jun 2, 2018
    10
    The most fun I can remember having with an indie game. It is delightful and addictive, with fun new mechanics introduced throughout. IngeniousThe most fun I can remember having with an indie game. It is delightful and addictive, with fun new mechanics introduced throughout. Ingenious combination of pinball and platformer. Expand
  2. Sep 29, 2019
    10
    Completely brilliant. Very clearly a game inspired by modern pinball, but with zero to very low consequences for the ball going down theCompletely brilliant. Very clearly a game inspired by modern pinball, but with zero to very low consequences for the ball going down the drain. Instead, you explore one huge, immersive environment, all interconnected. I couldn't stop playing, and can't wait for another game like this! Expand
  3. May 30, 2018
    10
    Yoku, while short, was one of the most densely-packed fun games I have ever played. Two genres that I'm normally not super crazy about,Yoku, while short, was one of the most densely-packed fun games I have ever played. Two genres that I'm normally not super crazy about, Pinball and Metroidvania, combine to create a world that is incredibly fun to explore with each area feeling like a unique spin on the concept. The world is lighthearted but has a feeling of depth, like a ghibli movie or indie animation, which kept me entranced the way whole way through. There's a surprising wealth of characters and side quests to discover, and it is all done with loads of charm. There is a lot of backtracking near the end of the game, like many other metroidvanias, but the mechanics kept this from feeling too intrusive and accommodations like the Beeline help smooth it out as well. It's about 5 hours if you want to beat the game, but that time doubles if you wish to 100% it, and there is a mechanic in the game that encourages at least one replay, which I wish to do anyways. I strongly recommend it to people who love physics-based platformers and metroidvanias in general. Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2021
    9
    Yoku's island express is an interesting combination of pinball mechanics and an adventure game. In the game, you control the ball and an antYoku's island express is an interesting combination of pinball mechanics and an adventure game. In the game, you control the ball and an ant as well as flippers as a main mechanic, and this works surprisingly well. The walking / moving has a bit of slowness to it which works well in the actual pinball-like sections but gets slightly frustrating when having to walk long distances, it is not very accurate or pleasant to control. For that point though, the game is only a few hours long, which is for me exactly the point where I felt that this control scheme is starting to feel frustrating for the minor part of the game. Few other instances of frustrating control schemes appear towards the end of the game, but are used sparingly enough that you can kind of feel like you've mastered them rather than that you are fighting against them. The story is nice, interesting enough to stay focused. The graphics are OK, nothing special but nothing bad either, the same can be said for music, all in all, well worth a purchase just to experience the unique idea. If it's ever to have a sequel though, I would expect few fine tunings. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2022
    9
    A metroidvania based a round a pinball mechanic may sound like a mismatch, but it works perfectly. On top of that, the characters, story andA metroidvania based a round a pinball mechanic may sound like a mismatch, but it works perfectly. On top of that, the characters, story and tone are a pure delight. I really close to giving this a 10 it's so good. The pinball platforming must be very precise at points, but failure is not very punishing. The story is enjoyable, but not super deep. The only thing is the ending is pretty anticlimactic. Plus there's a collection quest that's just as anticlimactic. Overall though, if you want a low stress metroidvania style game, this is a pure joy. Play the demo like I did and I bet you'll be hooked. Expand
  6. Jul 24, 2020
    8
    Very original concept, and well executed. It's probably a bit too much on the easy side of things, but it's fun to play, the music is nice andVery original concept, and well executed. It's probably a bit too much on the easy side of things, but it's fun to play, the music is nice and the graphics are great. Overall a game well worth playing. Expand
  7. Jun 30, 2022
    0
    i expected much more about this game it all. the stages are really easy. im so sad.

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