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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: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jun 1, 2018
    You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more complete, competent, fun and wonderfully balanced Indie experience. We all love the God of Wars and Battlefield Vs of the world, but I’d take 10 more Yoku’s Island Expresss every day of the week. And absolutely perfect gaming experience.
  2. May 29, 2018
    With the theme music still kicking around in my head now, the world of Mokumana having surprised with multiple twists and turns, and the puzzling pinball moments standing proudly alongside the many platforming opportunities, this is one game that is going to appeal to a huge range of player.
  3. May 31, 2018
    Yoku's Island Express is the best indie game that I've played this year so far. Who would've guessed that Metroidvania pinball would be such an addictive and enjoyable formula? Factor in the delightful visuals and sound and you're left with a must-have adventure.
  4. May 29, 2018
    A cool hybrid of platforming, puzzling and pinball, Yoku's Island Express is a bit of a one-off, and therefore well worth seeking out.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jun 23, 2018
    A beautiful, summery game with furiously fun puzzles that adults and kids will love. [July 2018, p.88]
  6. May 30, 2018
    A really enjoyable platform / exploration 2D adventure with a twist: the implementation of pinball sections.
  7. May 29, 2018
    Yoku’s Island Express is a beauteous, aurally delightful treat that riffs off the Metroidvania template and pinball tables in a smart and playful manner. It’s somewhat tempered by the dual frustrations of the pinball mechanic’s need for constant precision and a lacklustre fast-travel system that leaves you having to cover the same ground over and over, ultimately taking what could have been an amazing game, and making it a good one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 7, 2018
    It’s very rare these days that a game takes a tried and tested formula and turns it on its head so to speak, but when a game does exactly thatIt’s very rare these days that a game takes a tried and tested formula and turns it on its head so to speak, but when a game does exactly that you end up having an experience like no other and that’s exactly what you get with Yoku’s Island Express. Without a doubt from the moment you begin your journey with the game you can tell that a great deal of love and effort has gone into it and this love and effort shines through at all times. The best way to enjoy all this love and effort then is when you explore the world that’s presented to you. Exploring is a rewarding experience at all times and finding little secrets here and there never gets dull. In fact the game on the whole never gets dull and that’s mainly down to its unique pinball and platforming mechanics. I must admit that I was little dubious when I found out that the main crux of the game involved both pinball and platforming at the same time, but to say I was proven wrong would be a massive understatement. Both these elements work together flawlessly and when they do combine together the fun factor is simply off the charts. Another thing that keeps the fun factor sky high is the level design in the game. Each level has a huge amount of variety present in them and by doing this it meant that the frustrating moments caused by backtracking and playing the same tables never became much of a problem, which is great. I will say though that traversing the levels do require quite a lot of precision and this can be a little tedious from time to time, but even this didn’t stop me in the end from playing the game time and time again. I wish the game was a little longer and that just shows how good the game is because in terms of content the game has a decent amount for you to be getting on with. To my surprise this content was also accompanied by a very good story and I will admit that I didn’t expect it to be as charming as it was and I certainly didn’t expect to get attached to the characters as much as I did. The presentation side of the game also surprised me in a good way. Visually the game just oozes charm and I fell in love with the game’s style immediately and when you combine the fantastic visuals with the awesome soundtrack it really does make the gameplay stand out even more. All in all Yoku’s Island Express is one of my most favourite games I’ve played so far this year. It’s managed to take the good things from a number of different genre’s and roll them up into one fantastic package and when it’s all said and done I fully recommend that you give this game a try. Expand
  2. May 29, 2018
    Yoku’s Island Express
    A Metroidpinballvania
    Yoku’s Island express is a 7 hour long Metroidvania game where you play as a postmaster beetle
    Yoku’s Island Express
    A Metroidpinballvania
    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