The game Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island by Publisher Grip Digital and developer Right Nice Games is, at its heart, a platformer. Its story is somewhat . . . lacking—although in due fairness most Mario games don’t have much of a plot beyond save the princess and Sonic fans tend to riot whenever SEGA tries to give one of the Sonic games a deep, convoluted story—though I will admit I occasionally enjoyed the banter between the characters Plux, CRT, and Bob. A disclaimer I would like to mention is that this game is short—as in I was able to complete the story and get over half of the collectibles within three hours short.
Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island consists of a tutorial level, three stages, a small hub world to connect the three stages, and a boss fight. You start with the ability to double jump, punch, and swing from grapple points and gain more abilities as you progress through the game. My impression of the tutorial level and first stage is . . . uninspired. Most (if not all) of the content in this part of the game felt like any platformer—which might not be a bad thing if you are a huge fan of platformers, but it left me with a feeling of ‘been there, done that.’
The second stage is where things start to get interesting. The ability you get from that stage is rather unconventional (the ability to make time move at less than half speed for up to 10 seconds) and saw such good use in the stage that I found myself wishing the ability saw more use outside of the second stage. The third stage is likewise interesting in its new ability and level design and, unlike the second ability, this ability sees some use outside of the stage in which it is introduced. The third ability is a magnet, which considering all of the enemies in this game are robots, is fairly useful.
As far as the collectibles, they take the form of 51 inhabitants of the island that have been put in cages. You are asked to find and free the inhabitants with the promise of having your max health increased for every 5-10 inhabitants you rescue. Within my first 3 hours of playing, I was able to rescue 35 of them.
Overall, I enjoyed playing this game—or at least the 2nd half of it. If I were to make any complaints they would be that the game feels too short and that the 1st half of the game feels unoriginal. As such, I think a fair rating would be 7.5/10.
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Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is available for PS4, Xbox One and PC on Steam.