Yoku’s Island Express Review A Pinballing Platforming Adventure

This product was reviewed on a PlayStation 4 Pro, it is also available on PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Code for the game was provided by Team17 for review purposes.


The game is about a Yoku, the Dung Beetle that is set to take the place of the present Postmaster of Mokumana Island. Once he arrives he introduces himself to Posterodactyl, the present postmaster and relieves him of his duties. Yoku will quickly see the easy life he thought he signed up for is not all it’s cracked up to be. He will soon learn of an ancient island deity that is trapped in a restless sleep. It will be up to you to traverse the island using a unique blend of pinball mechanics and open world exploration to help all those islanders in need. You will flip and bump your way around the hand-painted island on your adventure to rebuild the post office and wake an old god from his slumber.


First let me start this off that I cannot stand pinball games. When I see them, they just don’t interest me. However, this one did and I’m very happy it did. This game uses some unique takes to make the pinball mechanics in a game fun and exciting. Mix that in with a big open world to explore with a great load of quests from the different NPCs you will come across and you have yourself a gem in the making. They simply perfected the art of pinball and the mechanics with the bumpers and flow of the ball to perfection. This is also used to platform your way around the island. The map opens up as you find new areas and speak with new people. You are assigned tasks that will take you across the map and back as you help out your fellow islanders. This allows you to not only unlock most of the map through gameplay but gets you familiar with where you need to go and what path to take to get there. I never in my life thought I would have fun playing any game with pinball mechanics but I surprisingly have. This game has now opened my mind towards the possibilities that this genre could very well be one that I would like to explore, provided the mechanics are done exceptionally well as in Yoku’s Island Express.


The graphics in this game are beautiful. They are all hand painted and done with exceptional detail. The colors are beautiful with the background and setting blending so perfectly allowing the colors to pop off the screen. To know so much effort went in to painting this world is just amazing to see and witness.

The sounds of the game aren’t what you’d expect with my mention of pinball. You’ll find yourself with a methodical melody playing as you are when you are playing a regular platformer. No need for them to put the sounds of the pinball in the game as the music they picked is masterfully done. This is one game that I didn’t find myself getting annoyed and turning the music either down or off.


Even if you aren’t a fan of the pinball genre, you will want to give this a try. It’s action gameplay, open world exploration, and platforming sections brought together in a wonderful and fun package. This is a game you can sit back and relax while enjoying the melodic music playing. You won’t find yourself so frustrated that you are raging and you won’t find that you have a game that will be completed in an hour. It truly is the best combination of mechanics and the best way to get those wary of the pinball mechanics to ease up and open their minds. This game is definitely a must have on your list of games.

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Yoku's Island Express











  • Great Pinball Mechanics
  • Beautiful Open World
  • Unique Platforming
  • Great background music


  • I really have nothing bad to say about this title

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