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TheXboxHub (May 29, 2018)
With the theme music still kicking around in my head now, the world of Mokumana having surprised with multiple twists and turns, and the puzzling pinball moments standing proudly alongside the many platforming opportunities, this is one game that is going to appeal to a huge range of player. In fact, you don’t need to like pinball to like this, and you don’t even need to like platforming. You just need to like gaming in general to be taken aback by everything Yoku’s Island Express delivers. That’s all down to Villa Gorilla and Team17 having the skills to create and develop a platforming pinball adventure that stands out from the crowd.
XBox Tavern (May 29, 2018)
Yoku’s Island Express is an achievement in itself, effortlessly mashing up two polar-opposite genres that ultimately goes hand in glove to wonderful effect. This excellent foundation is upheld by its endearing, well developed and interwoven locations, bolstered further by a cast of lovable characters and a warming story. Minor frustrations regarding traversal to the side, this is a perfect example of meaningful innovation.
Video Chums (May 31, 2018)
Yoku's Island Express is the best indie game that I've played this year so far. Who would've guessed that Metroidvania pinball would be such an addictive and enjoyable formula? Factor in the delightful visuals and sound and you're left with a must-have adventure.
87 (May 30, 2018)
Unterm Strich steckt in Yoku’s Island Express eine frische, liebenswerte und herrlich entspannte Interpretation des zweidimensionalen Action-Adventures. Dabei passt die Flipper-Mechaniken erstaunlich gut zur offenen Welt und den Spezialfähigkeiten! Es könnte sein, dass mein von der Hitze lahmgelegtes Hirn meine Begeisterung gerade nicht angemessen widerspiegelt, aber das entspannte Spielerlebnis ist genau das richtige bei den momentanen Temperaturen: Einfach das Wohnzimmer abdunkeln, zurücklehnen und relaxt auf die bunte Entdeckungsreise gehen. Die ehemaligen Starbreeze-Veteranen haben viel Liebe und Feintuning einfließen lassen. Schön, dass endlich jemand den Mut bewiesen hat, um das Genre der Adventure-Flipper wiederzubeleben.
XBox Front (May 29, 2018)
Mit „Yoku – Island Express“ hält ein echter Überraschungstitel Einzug auf die heimischen Konsolen. Der Genre-Mix wirkt anfangs ungewöhnlich, entpuppt sich aber als spaßige Innovation. Die eingängige, aber dennoch fordernde Spielmechanik, die kleinen Rätsel sowie die toll gezeichneten Charaktere und Locations sorgen für ein rundum gelungenes Spielerlebnis.
Way Too Many Games (Jul 28, 2018)
One of the most pleasant surprises of the year, Yoku’s Island Express is an adorable little game with tons of heart and originality. It needed an extra tinkering here and there but overall this is a fantastic start to a promising series of games in the future. Who would have imagined that pinballs and metroidvania would be such a match made in heaven?
XboxAchievements (May 29, 2018)
A cool hybrid of platforming, puzzling and pinball, Yoku's Island Express is a bit of a one-off, and therefore well worth seeking out.
80 (Jun 12, 2018)
Le côté ouvert d’un Metroidvania et l’aspect fermé d’un flipper ne peuvent pas fonctionner ensemble ? Que nenni ! Yoku’s Island Express est une réussite inattendue, qui cache sous son doux univers un gameplay original dans un mélange des genres surprenant. Voici l’exemple typique d’un jeu fait avec amour qui se parcourt avec un plaisir certain, sans frustration, à tel point qu’on aurait aimé que cela dur plus longtemps.
IGN (May 29, 2018)
Yoku’s Island Express is 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.
TrueAchievements (May 29, 2018)
The beautifully drawn and wonderfully composed Yoku's Island Express is another nice addition to the Xbox One's library of platformers. There is a ton to unlock and collect on the island's large map, which is rewarding and fun to explore, although the size of the world can sometimes lead to problems. But while the mashup of pinball and platforming is enjoyable to play, players aren't going to see anything in Yoku's they haven't already seen from either genre.