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.
What a great game. Take the whimsy of Ori and Blind Forest and combine it with Super Metroid and you have a great game. To me the game's design is simply amazing. Well thought out world, puzzles, and game mechanics. The art is top notch, and there is a wide variety of interesting characters and creatures. Don't let the 'pinball' part scare you if you don't like pinball games... honestly, the pinball aspect is very low key. You do need a basic knowledge of pinball, such as rotating targets and ball behavior to bumper hits, but to me it seems secondary to the main game... you'll easily figure out what to do and the game is very forgiving for the pinball areas. The game has great exploration and the execution is perfect. It's a giant island, but every 'level' within that island is well thought out and a pleasure to traverse. Highly recommended!
Yoku’s Island Express is a cheery, bright, frictionless experience that adds much-needed twists to an established formula and despite my hesitance for pinball, it sold me on a kind of gameplay that I never knew I wanted.
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.
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 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.
Подводя итог, скажу следующее - игра хорошая, понравится скорее всего всем в той или иной степени вне зависимости от возраста. Особенно зайдёт любителям серии Метроид, Холлоу Найт, Ори, Дед Селс, Бладстейнед, Гуакамелли и прочих игр жанра «метроидвания».
Это весьма милый и позитивный проект, дающий небольшой челлендж только тем, кто его ищет, а остальных не трогает и пропускает спокойно к финальным титрам.
Если вам хочется чего-то нестандартного, да ещё чтобы было весело и несложно, то данный проект вас точно не разочарует.
От меня 6,5 баллов из 10.
Йоку Айленд Экспресс смогла поистине удивить и не отпустила до победного конца, пока не выпала последняя ачивка!
Game Pass на Xbox One X продолжает знакомить меня с новыми нетривиальными играми, которые я ни за что бы не купил, тем самым, пропустив немалую долю удовольствия.
Yoku's Island Express es un juego peculiar que destaca por su bonito apartado gráfico. Como metroidvania la verdad es que deja bastante que desear, pero el diseño del mapa y la forma de incluir las zonas de pinball está bastante bien. Sin embargo, llega un momento en el que se hace algo pesado el ir desde una punta del mapa hasta la otra se hace pesado. Lo habría mejorado incuyendo más puntos de teletransporte.