Yoku’s Island Express PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Yoku’s Island Express by Villa Gorilla and Team17.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from Team17 for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Yoku’s Island Express is a unique mixture of platformer and pinball. You play as a dung beetle named Yoku who has just become the postmaster of an island inhabited by many unique creatures.
The story revolves around the island’s deity figure whose energy is being drained by a mysterious scar. As the postmaster Yoku must not only deliver letters across the game world but he must also find a way to save the deity.
The game is set in an open world, metroidvania style map but to get around the player must manipulate various pinball paddles setup across the world. Many paddles are locked until you obtain enough fruit to unlock them. There are a great many locations that you’ll travel to over the course of the game, many of which require a game of pinball to reach. One thing I will admit is that there’s a lot of backtracking in the game because you often need to travel back to an area to acquire an item or talk to someone before you can progress. This can get it ab it tedious if you allow it to.
In the pinball sections of each area, there are usually obstacles that you’ll need to get through first. These include rocks, rune locked doors and slugs to name a few. The game requires a bit of practice, especially if you’re a bit rusty at pinball, like myself. Once you get the hang of everything, the game becomes a lot easier to navigate through. I will also say that having to go through previous pinball sections to get back to earlier areas can be a bit frustrating at times. Especially if you just want to get a quest finished but you’re currently stuck trying to get back to an area.
The game also features many hidden items and paths that you can discover. Collectibles vary and often have an impact on gameplay. For example, the party blower can be used to activate fans in the game world.
Overall, Yoku’s Island Express is a charming game set in a beautiful side scrolling world. It’s got a great cast of characters, an entertaining storyline and some excellent music. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the game and if you enjoy pinball games, this is one you really don’t want to miss.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this short review for Yoku’s Island Express folks! I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming!
Shaun Meyers out!