Antonio
May 19, 2017
Publisher: Grip Digital
Developer: Right Nice Games
Review platform: Xbox One
Release date: May 19, 2017
Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is a platformer along the lines of Voodoo Vince: Remastered and Yooka-Laylee. It pays homage to adventures like Banjo-Kazooie while updating the camera and controls for next-generation devices. Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island takes you on an action-packed adventure which focuses on collecting gadgets to help you save a beautiful paradise from destruction. It’s up to Skylar Lynxe, the nimble and courageous heroine, and Plux Owlsley, the trusty sidekick, to prevent the villainous AI CRT from conquering their newfound home and turning it into a wasteland.

Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island features some of the best platforming in any such game. During my short playthrough, I encountered no issues with the controls and the viewpoint. The puzzles are challenging but doable with a little bit of thinking. The environments are varied too considering that you’re confined to tiny interconnected islands. You traverse tropical beaches, volcanic caverns, snowy mountains and merciless deserts on your adventure.



The plot of the game is quite simple. You have to find three orbs which power an ancient device to restore the island to its former glory—at least that’s what it came across as. However, CRT’s minions try to stop you throughout your journey so there’s a lot of combat. Luckily, you have arm attachments like a magnet and another device which displaces spacetime. You can also upgrade your health by freeing imprisoned natives for more containers.

Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is a fun game if you can look past the flaws. The first of them has to be the blurry visuals on Xbox One. At this point it’s established that the Xbox One is underpowered but there are many developers who provide us with crisp experiences when it comes to less demanding titles. It’s unclear how the game is being rendered because even increasing the sharpness of your television doesn’t help. This muddled appearance detracts from the gorgeous models and vibrant colors. It’s immediately noticeable and comes across as rather odd.



Secondly, the game has many performance issues despite only running at 30 FPS. Most of these problems occur randomly when you aren’t fighting enemies so it’s not so bad. However, a small game should be properly optimized. Hopefully the developers will issue a patch soon for Xbox One owners because witnessing the frequent frame rate drops is quite jarring and a little ridiculous.

Lastly, Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is one of the smallest games we’ve ever played. The title wants you to go around exploring and rescuing creatures but it’s not necessary because even with three to four hearts you can easily complete the game. While the final boss may be challenging because you don’t have enough health, it’s still doable with some skill and repetition. We completed the game in a couple of hours despite struggling when going up against CRT. Should we have gone back to collect hearts? Probably. But it’s not necessary.



Summary

Overall, Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is a good game which is let down by its short duration and technical problems on Xbox One. However, one element that stands out the most is the phenomenal and hilarious voice acting. If you’re looking for a casual platformer which can be completed in a few hours without the need for an extraordinary amount of skill, then this is the game for you. However, in its current form—especially with the frame rate issues—it’s not a title we can recommend. The developers need to patch this game as soon as possible.
Our score: 6/10

Disappointing - May have some fleeting enjoyment, but mostly fails to deliver.
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