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  • Summary: On a mysterious remote island, a skull washes up on shore and is reawakened by an enigmatic deity. Dubbed Skully, the newly reanimated being has been summoned to intervene in a war between the deity’s three siblings, whose quarrel jeopardizes the island they call home.
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Aug 3, 2020
    80
    Skully on Xbox One is a fun game with creative elements, and if you love platformers and want to try something new, then Skully is worth checking out.
  2. Aug 4, 2020
    70
    A platforming game at its heart, Skully is brought to life with beautiful visuals and a unique character system. Its puzzles will, at times, have you scratching your head, and some platforming sections will really test your mettle. In fact, it perhaps verges on being overly frustrating on occasion, but overcoming an obstacle and making it to the next checkpoint is genuinely rewarding. Ultimately, there’s little else like Skully out there, so if you’re a fan of 3D platforming with a smattering of puzzle solving, it likely won’t disappoint.
  3. Aug 25, 2020
    70
    Skully is a game that is easily forgettable and hardly recommendable. It is something that if you got free through a Games with Gold you would be encapsulated for all of 30 minutes and then likely never play again. It had promise with its quirky story and unique mechanics, but it never capitalizes on any of them, making it feel like yet another game lost in the ether of releases in 2020.
  4. Aug 4, 2020
    66
    Skully is a pleasant platforming experience that gives players a delightful slice of platforming and light puzzle-solving that makes for a soothing and worthwhile time. Playing as the skull does tend to feel sloppy at times due to sensitivity of the stick-control and how prone the naked-noggin is to water, but when you’re introduced to Skully’s other forms the game opens up nicely and offers you a scenic tour around an ancient naturalistic landscape that’s hard to peel your eyes away from. Skully is not breaking any ground or pushing any envelopes, but it’s not stationary either. It’s just a pleasing and simple platformer to be enjoyed, and a modest worthwhile curio that certainly deserves a look.
  5. Sep 23, 2020
    65
    Skully has a lot of good qualities about it; beautiful graphics, charming characters and I had an overall good gameplay experience. While I constantly struggled with the rolling controls, I still found reasons to enjoy my experience. Skully is not at all a bad game whatsoever and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a great time killer. I think for now, I'll keep rolling through the levels and explore some more!
  6. Aug 8, 2020
    60
    Simply put, if Skully featured a lot more fine-tuning and forgivable gameplay then it would have been a must-play 3D platformer.
  7. Aug 4, 2020
    48
    Skully is an attractive 3D platformer, but that’s all it is. The gameplay is hit-or-miss and is severely hampered by poor controls. On top of that, the story is cliché and predictable, and none of the characters — not even the ones you’re supposed to root for — are very likable. It’s disappointing, but even if you’re looking for a throwback to old school 3D platformers, Skully is a hard pass.

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  1. Aug 27, 2020
    6
    Skully is a 3D Puzzle Platformer. You are a Golem, well, most of one. You've been created to help an Earth Elemental fix the relations withSkully is a 3D Puzzle Platformer. You are a Golem, well, most of one. You've been created to help an Earth Elemental fix the relations with his siblings. The story was interesting, but the jarring, still frame cutscenes detracted from what was going on. Given the smooth and beautiful graphics of the game and the clean art of the still frames, I felt jipped every second of every cutscene. The gameplay is back and forth between fast-paced rolling and platforming in your skull form, then solving puzzles with one of your Golem forms. The platforming is bland, and I never felt like my abilities were being tested, in some segments even used. I felt like so much more could have been done with how fast you roll, and the incredible inertia, and gravity physics that are woven into the game. The Golems are limited in what they're capable of, each with their own couple of abilities. The puzzles relied too heavily on mixing these abilities. Scattered around the world are leaves, they seem to line out the paths, but don't have any real bearing on gameplay. They unlock character art, and thats all. So much more could have been done here, it felt lacking, even in the final stretches, when things started to get challenging. Skully is an interesting journey to take if you can get past the cutscenes, and lackluster platforming. Expand