Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is a 3D platformer developed by Grip Digital for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while Right Nice Games developed the PC version. The game was released on May 19 on all three platforms.
With the relatively recent releases of Ratchet & Clank, ReCore and Yooka-Laylee, 3D platformers have been on a roll. One game, however, that many may not know about is Skylar & Plux. Can it match the polish of those previous games? Read on to find out.
Skylar & Plux is what we’d get if there was an updated Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. You even get a spin attack like Jak has, but there are also new gameplay elements that Skylar has to help her stand apart. Skylar wields a jetpack that can be used to reach higher places and platforms that are further out, or do a rolling jump. You can then get the ability to slow down time, probably the biggest surprise for me, which adds a whole new level of depth to the game. Platforms that were previously spinning too fast to jump on can now be traversed more easily. Puzzles like this are peppered throughout and add a welcome layer of challenge to the platforming aspects of the game.
The story in Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is nothing groundbreaking. You have to save Clover Island by going around four areas (tropical beaches, volcanic caverns, snowy mountaintops and merciless desert) to recover three fuses after the game’s villain, CRT (yes, like a CRT TV), has taken them, which causes Clover Island’s life force to begin dying off. You must also rescue the native creatures of the islands, called Lo’s, who CRT has locked away throughout the world. While this is a tale you have probably heard before, it’s the characters that help make this world wonderful, most specifically CRT and Plux. CRT is probably one of the best characters I have seen in awhile, even though he is evil and wants to destroy the world, he is also extremely funny. Skylar doesn’t talk, instead Plux, much like Daxter, does all of the talking. Plux also isn’t used as frequently in comedic relief like Daxter was, he has more of a grounded personality, but still throws in the occasional quip, which was nice to see. The story is short, however, as I was able to beat the game in about 3 hours or so, which I was disappointed with.
Skylar & Plux doesn’t have a massive budget like Ratchet & Clank, Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario and so forth. However, that doesn’t mean that the game looks bad – it actually looks pretty good, assisted by a distinct art style. It isn’t cel shaded, but something similar. Given a higher budget, I’d love to see a future game be able to have a higher-quality look. There are some textures that do appear low-quality though, even with the bright and colorful look.
Skylar & Plux is an okay 3D platformer. It doesn’t do anything groundbreaking, and has some issues with frame drops as well as not having an deep story. The game costs €15/$15 at the time of this review (you can buy it for 33% off on the PlayStation Store/Xbox Store and Steam on Windows). If you’re a fan of 3D platformers from the early 2000’s then you may enjoy Skylar & Plux. If not, or if you have never played them before, then it’s harder to recommend as I would say to try other games first, such as Ratchet & Clank as you will have a much better time.
A few things I want to note: The game aims to run at 30FPS on consoles. I did get slow down when a lot of enemies started attacking, but apart from that, FPS was okay with frames only dropping a little bit. Music was good, lively and upbeat. And while not a massive issue, there were a lot of long load times.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][review_summary positives=”Bright and colourful graphics
CRT was great” negatives=”Long loading screens
Story is disappointing as well as short
Some textures are lower quality then others”]Skylar & Plux is an okay 3D platformer that doesn’t do anything groundbreaking, If you’re a fan of 3D platformers, from the early 2000’s then you may enjoy Skylar & Plux. It does, however, have annoyingly long loading screens and a disappointing story. [/review_summary][/vc_column][/vc_row]