[PS4] Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Clover Island Review
Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Cover Island is a 3D action platformer that pays homage to the classics of ages past to give us a fun Unreal 4 developed game on PS4. Want to learn more? Then read our Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Cover Island review!
This being a 3D action platformer, you’ll move with the left analog stick while you move around the camera with the right analog stick – and if you want to center the camera, you can press the L2 button. Jumping (and double jumping) is done with the X button, while you spin attack with the Circle button and punch with the Square button. The Triangle button is for interacting with characters and objects – you might, for example, use it to activate platforms. The last set is for switching gadgets with the L1 and R1 buttons so that you can use the one you need with the R2 button. Got it?
CRT is the villain of the game, a bad, bad AI. It has taken Skylar and removed all of her memories while installing an ARM, a powerful weapon, onto one of her arms. After a short cutscene, you’ll be back in control of Skylar and will get a chance to try out the game’s controls in a short tutorial section. After using all of your abilities, you’ll run into a large robot that will try to capture Skylar. You manage to escape and land on Clover Island where you meet Plux, who will become your trusted companion and sidekick.
ARM will let you know you have to find something called a Syphon to be able to regain Skylar’s lost memories. It will also help you by adding Quantum Replicators to the island which act as checkpoints – if you die you will respawn at the last one you reached. After a short platforming section that will have you running, jumping and swinging all over the place, you’ll reach the main village. As soon as you arrive, you’ll realize that the village has been overrun by some of CRT’s minions and that the village elder has been put inside of a cage! You will need to use 300 crystals to open the cage (you HAVE been collecting all crystals on your path, right?) so that you can free the elder and learn more about what is going on.
You must reach the top of the island to defeat CRT and save all of its inhabitants. And now that Clover Island has become Skylar’s home, she must do all she can to save the land. The elder also asks that you free all the Lo’a around the island who have also been trapped inside cages and motivates you by offering an incentive: by freeing the Lo’a the Elder will increase your total health count! Each area in the game has a specific number of Lo’a to rescue, but you won’t be able to rescue all of them at first since you’ll need to get your hands on some gadgets!
These gadgets include a jet pack that will allow you to do a boost jump and boost roll as well as to gently glide down for a bit as long as you have some energy left – it will recharge as soon as you touch the ground. There’s also the magnetic glove which will allow you to manipulate some objects. Oh yeah, and a time orb. You know, because of time and the universe and stuff.
As for the game’s trophies, it’s a list without a Platinum trophy. It features 18 trophies in total, almost half of which are awarded for story progression and finishing the game. The rest are for things such as defeating ten enemies in a row without receiving any damage, defeating 100 swarmbots, doing a ground pound for three seconds (that is without touching the ground for three seconds), and more. It’s a good list that also asks you to free all Lo’a, and since there are 51 of them in total, that will certainly keep you busy during your adventure!
In the end, Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Cover Island is a 3D action platformer that at times feels bit “by the numbers,” but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. You’re looking at around 6-7 hours to complete the game with everything it includes, which is a nice length considering its $14.99 budget price. If you’re looking for a game to scratch that 3D platforming itch with a nice balance of action, platforming, and collectibles, then I definitely recommend you play this one.
This Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Clover Island review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Grip Digital.