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Our examiner, Eamon Gaudio, first checked Yoku's Island Express 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
You play Yoku, a beetle attached to a ball who has a new job as a postal worker for Mokumana Island. When you start work you discover that the locals need more than their mail delivered. The island god has fallen into a restless sleep with nightmares causing quakes and storms for the islanders. You explore the island making deliveries all while trying to help the islanders by awakening the island god.
As you progress you use the pinball paddles and bumpers to get around the world. As you explore each screen is a distinct area that is just like a mini pinball table. They have their own obstacles to avoid, lanes to fire down, and skill shots to unlock secret areas and items.
The joy of the game is how these elements come together to tell an endearing story. You may only be pinging Yoku around with the flippers, but in doing this you are saving the day for the island folk you meet.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very Mild Fantasy Themes.
7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to have good aim and timing to progress through the levels. Some puzzle-solving skill is useful. It's a game where you need to experiment and learn so patience is important to progress.
Release Date: 29/05/2018
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Accessibility: 12 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Open World
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