I was excited when the developers of Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island gave me a review key. I had expectations of a Ratchet & Clank like indie that would be a fun ride. It took me just over three hours to beat the game. Here is what I think.
Skylar & Plux: Adventure On Clover Island
Skylar & Plux is a 3D platformer that reminds the older gamers in the audience what it felt like when gaming was fun. You play as Skylar who is joined on her adventure by this little bird named Plux. Together they quest to save Clover Island. While traveling you’ll find yourself using multiple weapons, solving puzzles and beating an evil enemy empire.
Gerne: 3D platformer / Adventure
Skylar & Plux: Adventure On Clover Island is a 3D platformer and adventure game. Best compared to Ratchet & Clank but might also remind others of classics like Banjo Kazooie. Before playing this game I was expecting a quality game and that’s exactly what I got.
During my play through I used an Xbox One controller. This felt as natural and fluid as any genuine console experience. The controls are really well optimized. There’s no contrived or gimmicky control mechanics and everything worked smoothly. The variety of weapons made things extra fun. At first I had trouble fighting certain enemies because I was using the wrong tool for the job. Whoops, my bad. Later in the game this kind of mistake was harder to make.
The visual fidelity in Skylar & Plux is an impressive mix. It has a cartoony 3D style but is also technically accomplished. I played this game on ultra settings at 1080P and my Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB delivered a steady 70 FPS. For contrast my laptop (Nvidia GTX 1050 4GB ) had to be adjusted to medium settings and gave me a playable 40 fps. Higher settings gave me lag because the laptop CPU just lacked the horse power. So for my play though I finished the game on the Desktop PC and it looked and felt great!
The Sound in Skylar & Plux is decent. Although sometimes the music wasn’t the best fit for an adventure game. Example: Calming piano music in an area with difficult jumps. The music fits with the overall feel of the game but sometimes clashes noticeably with specific areas and tasks. I might not have used a piano piece in that situation but it did match the overall tone of the game. Additionally (and this may seem like an odd gripe) Skylar doesn’t really feel like a silent protagonist. But she doesn’t have a voice of her own at all. Meanwhile other characters do. Maybe the cat’s got her tongue?
In the end I did have a good time playing this game. I expected a solid cartoony adventure game and Skylar & Plux delivered. For fans of the genre the game has a high replay value. I recommend it highly. It’s only 15 bucks on Steam and is also available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
To be honest this might be one of the best indie games I’ve ever played. No joke.
10/10 – Awesome
Played on pc
Intel Core i5 6600K 4.4 GHz
Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 6 GB
32 GB DDR4
Played on laptop
Intel Core i5 7300HQ
Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 4GB