Developer: Right Nice Games , Grip Digital
Publisher: Grip Digital
Skylar & Plux: Adventure On Clover Island is a short, casual, 3D platforming adventure.
You play as the silent protagonist Skylar. Equipped with a powerful mechanical arm, you must find away to save the island from the evil CRT with your talkative guide Plux at your side. The story is rather cliche, but even still, I didn’t mind it too much.
The gameplay is all about the platforming. You’ll spend a lot of time jumping, hovering, or swinging from one place to the next. Falling or being hit by enemies causes health damage, but you can easily heal this damage by collecting crystals that are found all over the place. If you do happen to run out of hearts, then you just have to restart at the previous checkpoint, so you don’t usually lose much progress since the checkpoints are fairly frequent.
As you play you unlock 3 different abilities that you’ll need to use to access different areas: a rocket jump, a time slow, and a magnetized glove. There are some puzzles to solve as well, but nothing that presents as much of a challenge.
Unlocking the three abilities, especially the time slowing ability, on top of increasing your total health pool does make the game significantly easier as you progress.
- movement and the platforming feels pretty good; it’s easy to control
- good exploration that rewards you with health upgrades (there are also fast travel locations to different parts of the levels that you can go back to find any you might have missed)
- the levels are well designed, and the game is very forgiving, which is great for those looking for a casual experience
- vibrant, lovely, and appealing visual style: environments look excellent, and the character animations are decent
- audio is good: the music changes depending on which area you’re in, and the sound effects are done well – the voice acting is also good, and the voice for the villain CRT did a great job
- full controller support (using a controller feels more natural for this genre)
- (nitpick) very short
- (nitpick) the combat is alright, and you have a few different ways to kill enemies, but there isn’t much in the way of enemy variety to keep the combat exciting
- (nitpick) while it is playable with mouse and keyboard, you can’t customize the keyboard/mouse controls (mouse, space, WASD, F, etc.)
The game took me about 2.5 hours to complete, while finding most of the collectibles. There are still some other collectibles that I can go back and find though.
Skylar & Plux is a short game, but it’s cute, and it was fun while it lasted. If you enjoy casual 3D platformers with nice level design, and good platforming, then you’ll probably like Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island.
Press copy was provided for this review.