#4 Yoku’s Isl and Expr ess

Pinball or noth­ing

Games Master - - Indiemaster -

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.

Flip ser­vice

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.

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