It’s been a while since we’ve had two new platforming characters to celebrate. Just like when we had Ratchet & Clank hit our screens and Jak & Daxter announced to be on their on the way, Skylar and Plux are the latest duo to enter the fray. Grip Games and Right Nice Games bring a dazzling and colourful new 3D platformer in the hope of stealing our hearts.
Your task in Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is to prevent CRT (a villain of course) from conquering the world and turning it into a stinking wasteland. You play as Skylar. Skyar is from the feline species, and has little memory of how she got into the situation she’s in, but she still wants to help out and save the planet. Good kitty. Oh and she also has a robotic arm – how could we forget that? Accompanying her is Plux Owlsely who’s not so blessed in the robo-cop department; this one just continually flaps about and follows her every move. Each of Skylar’s moves is a familiar one: jump, double jump, gracefully float down from high ledges – It’s all there, even down to the smashing of crates and whacking enemies from a launching high jump. You will have seen it all before but this is not a bad thing as Skylar & Plux is made with oodles of love and care.
The first thing to strike you when you enter the world is just how gorgeous the game looks. The environments bustle with colour and life, and the smallest details can be seen far into the distance. It’s a magnificent sight. The mix of different zones create different atmospheres. From the cold snowy mountain tops to tropical beaches, the contrasts and variations are great.
As you would have expected the game is a mix of platforming, puzzles and combat. Nothing taxing at all. It’s a sit back and relax experience that lets you soak up each moment with pleasure. You do have some moments of chaos though, so there’s ample of opportunity to use that bionic arm of yours. You also have a handy spin attack to take care of the bad guys and smash even more crates. Skylar & Plux has its surprises and new gadgets. You have the ability to slow down time and there is a handy fast travel option that teleports you to different areas.
The journey is not a huge one and as we said earlier it’s hardly a changeling game. There are collectibles to lengthen your time with the PS4’s newest duo. You’ll encounter different characters who have been imprisoned, and collecting crystals that are littered throughout the land helps you free these poor blighters. There are plenty of them to free and some play peek-a-boo, hiding in far off beaten areas. Sorry, trophy hunters, there is unfortunately no Platinum.
Skylar & Plux is a short refreshing 3D platformer and, most importantly, it’s fun. It’s a beautifully crafted game and we wouldn’t say no to seeing more exploits from these two guys. Purrr-fect family entertainment.
Lizard Rating 7/10
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