#4 Yoku’s Isl and Expr ess
Pinball or nothing
If ‘metroidvania pinball adventure’ has always been your dream mash-up then it’s your lucky day. The combination of flippers and sidescrolling might not be the most conventional, but the adventures of Yoku the dung beetle in his new job as a postman will be enough to convince you. Welcome to the tropical island of Mokumana, where physics are your new best friend. Inspired by the world of Studio Ghibli, Mokumana is a beautifully lush hand-painted environment for Yoku to fire his way around. While he starts out just delivering letters, it’s not long before ancient gods are awakening and he’s got far more on his plate than a few missing postcodes. With flippers intuitively placed on the triggers, the island quickly becomes a fast moving playground in which you perfect precision pinging to reach new areas.
Mokumana is fully non-linear, complete with plenty of mystical hidden quests amid the jungles and springs, and picking up the delicious tropical fruit of the island will let you unlock new abilities. From former triple-A devs – one of whom was lead designer on The Darkness – Yoku’s Island Express is our surprise must-play of next year.
“He’s got far more on his plate than a few missing postcodes”
New abilities come via sacrifices to the fruit altar. Try not to feel too guilty about that banana, eh? It’s gone to a better place.