Yoku's Island Express

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

Wow, what a fun little surprise this game was! I got this game in a Humble Bundle. Like most games that come that way, I activate the key in Steam and forget about it. This game happened to be right next to my last review in my game list so I hit install. I didn't do any research into this game, but by the initial loading screen I and name, I felt it was going to be some platformer game.

I noticed pretty quickly on the main menu that I couldn't use my mouse so I plugged in my controller and away I went. You are this adorable little beetle that is the new mailman for this island. I didn't understand why you were rolling a stone sphere at first, are you supposed to be a dung beetle?

Nope, you are tied to a pinball in a world that is like a pinball arcade where you go from one machine to another. Areas become little mini games to bounce through until you can get out. Now if you are someone that spent their weekends hanging at the bowling alley popping some quarters, I think you will get a kick out of the game. There are a lot of places you have to aim very carefully to get what you want/need to move to progress through the world. It does get more challenging as you progress. Now if you hate pinball machines, you will not enjoy this game.

The point of the game seems to be that you are destined to try and help save the island, but I haven't gotten that far to really know much of the background story. The world is larger than it appears and you learn new abilities and gather new items along the way to help you with your journey. There are also some hidden areas to find along with treasure chests to open. I mean, who doesn't like treasure?

Isn't he an adorable beetle!?

I enjoy the art style of it and the personality of the characters you come across. It is more of a painted scene with soft edges I really enjoy. The music is also calm for what I came across. I still turned the music down in just about every game, but this game really wouldn't have needed it.

Game: Yoku's Island Express

Developer: Villa Gorilla

Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd

Initial Release Date: May 29, 2018

Review: Highly Recommend

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