Posts Tagged ‘Yoku’s Island Express’

Video: Yoku’s Island Express is a bit Metroid, a bit pinball and a bit good

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The pinball platformer is an idea developers like to feed quarters into every so often. If a character is round (Pac-Man, Kirby) or can bunch up into a ball (Sonic, Samus, enslaved Pokémon), then they’ve probably been bashed about by flippers at some point. But these games tend to be reskins of traditional pinball; few reflect their source material. Yoku’s Island Express doesn’t have a known mascot to trade on, but it does have bigger vision for bumper-boosted platforming.

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Yoku’s Island Express is a gorgeous pinball platformer

The title might remind you of famous baby-tending egg monster Yoshi, but Yoku’s Island Express [official site] has more in common with a certain Sega spin-off than anything from the Nintendo stable. This is a game for all of us who wish Sonic Spinball had spawned a thousand imitators, though the trailer shows a much more expansive platform game with pinball elements rather than Spinball’s tiny tables. Developers Villa Gorilla describe it as “an open world/metroidvania-style pinball adventure” and what a handsome open world it is.

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