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GSY Review: Yoku's Island Express

GSY Review: Yoku's Island Express

After Detroit, we're taking you on vacation on an isolated island with Yoku's Island Express, a pretty original game published by Team 17 and created by Swedish developer Villa Gorilla. If our preview videos hadn't managed to convince you, maybe our verdict will.


Verdict


These days it seems the indie scene has lost a bit of its originality so a game like Yoku's Island Express is even more fresh. The improbable mix between a platformer and a pinball game works perfectly here and Villa Gorilla's first title is really the sort of relaxing and soothing experience we wanted this time of year. It can sometimes be a tad tricky to precisely aim where you're supposed to, but that is after all what pinball is all about, but aside from that and the fact that backtracking can seem a little tedious at first (before unlocking the fast travel bee canons), it's just a very entertaining game to play.


On the plus side


+ So cute
+ Lovely game
+ Charming soundtrack
+ Original dans fresh
+ An efficient mix
+ A really good little game to enjoy this season


On the downside


- You might feel a bit lost at first
- Backtracking can be a little annoying before fast travel is made possible

Let's go underwater now

All comments

Commented on 2018-05-29 10:20:29
Thanks for the review.

This reads like everything I wanted and more. I still remember being blown by it watching it for the first time. Plus it's very cheap at only $18, which is a steal honestly.
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Commented on 2018-05-29 14:56:34
It reminds me a bit of Ori and the Blind Forest
Commented on 2018-05-30 02:38:19
Posted by droezelke
You were blown by it... Well, lucky you :-)
Posted by Driftwood
+ So cute
+ Lovely game
+ Charming soundtrack
+ Original and fresh
+ A really good little game to enjoy this season

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  • b0vril
    b0vril @jmd749: yea, Epic Games will be doing a free game every 2 weeks. (20 minutes ago)
  • jmd749
    jmd749 @b0vril: Yes, I've downloaded it on PC for use with my Oculus Rift already. I thought it may have been free cross platform, sadly not. :) (7 Hours ago)
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    b0vril [url] (16 Hours ago)
  • b0vril
    b0vril @jmd749: it's only free on the PC via Epic Games new store front. (16 Hours ago)
  • jmd749
    jmd749 @MrWhite: Hmmm, it seems to be on PS4 but sadly I can't get it free there also. [url] (16 Hours ago)
  • MrWhite
    MrWhite @jmd749: Unfortunately not. The game runs like shit in standard flat mode, so getting that running 60fps on PS4 seems to be above the devs station. (16 Hours ago)
  • jmd749
    jmd749 @b0vril: Thanks for the heads up. :) Is it on PSVR also? (16 Hours ago)
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