Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on my experience with Poi by PolyKid. I received a copy of the game from the developers for video and review purposes but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my feelings towards the game.
Poi is an indie, 3D Platformer that takes a great deal of inspiration from the classics. Most notably is Super Mario 64 but the game has a lot to make it unique as well. Although the game is family oriented I had a blast with it and I think it’s definitely a game that both kids and adults will enjoy a great deal.
Poi follows two orphans, a boy and a girl, who set out on an adventure to see the world. With the aid of an aging explorer, they seek out lost explorer’s medals on many different worlds. Explorer’s Medals are your main collectible and are awarded for performing various actions; completing missions or taking part in mini-games. Collecting them will also unlock more areas for you to explore as well.
There are quite a few different worlds to discover including; The Forest, Cozy Canyon, Mount Magma and Shimmering Sands, just to name a few. There are also two types of areas to explore. The major areas are fairly big in size and house many different collectibles and things to discover. While the second is much smaller in size but has objectives for you to complete. To travel to the bigger worlds you must align the airship with the world you wish to travel to. To get to the smaller areas you must travel to the smaller ships and islands that appear in the hub world by gliding to them.
There’s a bunch of different collectibles for you to find as well; including fossils, golden gears, coins, and gems. Also, certain missions have items for you to collect like keys or seeds.
The mission setup is very much like Super Mario 64 as well. You choose the mission at the start of the level and the objective you’re given changes based on the mission you’re on. One nice thing about the setup is that you can complete all the other missions in each world because all of the mission specific items and characters are located within the map. Which means you can complete missions before you’ve unlocked them on the select screen. This speeds things up quite a bit.
Some improvements to the overall 3D platforming include the ability to swim, wall jump, double and triple jump (the triple jump being an easter egg to SM64), rolling and the ability to glide through the air in the hub world.
There’s also explorer’s tools that you can purchase from the elder explorer which allow you to perform various actions in the game world. These tools include a shovel, camera, compass, telescope and a magnet to name a few of them. They each have their own uses and are often used to progress in the game as well.
Overall, Poi is easily one of the best 3D platformers that I’ve had the pleasure of playing in some time now. Its mechanics are polished, its game world is colorful, and its music is cheerful. The wide range of different activities makes the game that much more enjoyable as well. Definitely something that players both young and old will enjoy. I highly recommend giving it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.
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Happy gaming folks! – Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!