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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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  1. 90
    Yoku’s Island Express is the open-world pinball adventure you never knew you wanted, but that you desperately need to play. The vibrant art, expansive world, and fun story come together with the best elements of metroidvania and pinball games to create a new experience unlike anything else out there.
  2. May 29, 2018
    90
    Yoku's Island Express is a colorful pearl that emerges from the sea of independent development, a title that demonstrates how much innovation and originality can play a fundamental role in the current videogame market.
  3. 90
    Yoku’s Island Express is a unique take on the pinball, platforming and adventure genre’s. Not only does it blend these gameplay styles beautifully, it matches these with stunning visuals and a vast world that just deserves to be explored. Truly innovative and delightful in every way.
  4. Jun 11, 2018
    83
    Yoku's Island Express is a unique genre mix with enjoyable pinball mechanics and great presentation. A lot of fun for pinball fans.
  5. May 29, 2018
    80
    Yoku's Island Express is one of the most surprising games of 2018. The combination of pinball and Metroidvania is, on paper at least, a little like dipping your French fries into your milkshake; as good as the two elements are separately, they shouldn't really work together. But thanks to an array of smart design choices, a wonderful art style, and some genuinely inventive puzzles, Yoku's Island Express is a game that only rarely frustrates – and frequently delights.
  6. May 29, 2018
    80
    A novel Metroidvania-pinball hybrid that stands out as something wholly unique. It blends those clashing genres with a beautiful island style, and its satisfying flippers and bumpers make uncovering its wide island a ton of fun. Retreading completed areas while hunting for secrets can occasionally get stale, but Yoku’s Island Express has a refreshingly positive attitude that kept me smiling the whole way through.
  7. Jun 12, 2018
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.

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  1. May 29, 2018
    8
    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
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  2. Jun 12, 2018
    8
    This is a charming and fun game, with a beautiful organic graphical theme, and some unique and entertaining gameplay elements.

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    This is a charming and fun game, with a beautiful organic graphical theme, and some unique and entertaining gameplay elements.

    Taking on the role of a dung beetle postman, you go about the job of delivering letters, whilst helping the colorful and cute inhabitants. The main quest sees you working to alert the islands tribal chiefs to prevent a menace known as the 'god slayer' from killing the last uninjured island god.

    Your character traverses the forest island via a little walking, and a lot of pinball-style bouncing around. The pinball areas feature various obstacles that you eliminate using mechanics and tools that are introduced over the game. One core mechanic is the collecting of fruit, which is used to unlock pinball flippers, that are in turn used to access new areas, or to take shortcuts. Additionally, as you gain new tools and abilities, you are able to more quickly traverse the world.

    I found Yoku's Island Express to be a fun and refreshing game, with a lot of heart, and a unique experience that turns pinball style gameplay into more than just score chasing.
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