Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Clover Island

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Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Clover Island
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Why does everything in this game look so bland?
Genre: Platformer
Platforms: Steam
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Developer: Right Nice Games
Publisher: Grip Digital


Skylar and Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is a platforming indie game made for Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Plot

CRT, an artificial intelligence robot, is planning to dominate the world by using Skylar, a warrior cat with mechanical arm named Bob, but Skylar decides to turn on him and escapes. She gets to Clover Island where she meets an Owl named Plux, who companies her on her journey. Together they try to prevent CRT from conquering Clover Island and turning it into a wasteland. They must find 3 fuse cores before CRT. Cores power the Siphon, an ancient Progenitor machine.

Why It Sucks

  1. Repetitive gameplay that is a rip-off of both Jak and Daxter and Ratchet & Clank.
  2. Speaking of Jak and Daxter, Skylar has the same Punch and Spin attack as Jak and she's also silent like Jak in Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy while Plux is supposed to be the comic relief animal character like Daxter for Jak. Not a coincidence at all.
  3. Incredibly awkward moments, such as the beginning of Clover Island, where during at one point of the cutscene, the characters speed up their dialog, slow down a bit, then instantly cut.
  4. Awful character models, especially the faces.
  5. Most of the cutscenes are just framed pictures with text lines.
  6. Very few roster of characters, Skylar, Plux, Arm and CRT are the only characters in this entire game, and while there is the Village Elder, she only appears in the beginning of the game and is never seen again.
  7. All you get for saving beings called Siphon is an increase in your maximum HP.
  8. Bland and annoying characters who never shut up, including Plux.
  9. Bland plot with some contradictions, some examples include:
    • In the beginning of Clover Island when Plux introduces himself, he said that these islands are his home, but five minutes later on after saving the village elder and preparing to go to Clover Mountain, the village elder said "Plux, I know you haven't embraced Clover Island as your home," suggesting that Plux had just started to live here.
    • Very dumb plot-twist: CRT, the main antagonist, is revealed to be a guber called a "wamster".
    • On that topic alone, CRT is a very strange antagonist; after finishing up the first level, he comments on Skylar and Plux, gives them hints on their adventure and even tells them his backstory, kind of like a supportive character and/or an ally, which is kind of odd as he is supposed to be the main antagonist which (while kind of interesting) is still very polarizing.
    • Arm (Skylar's talking mechanical right arm) is kind of pointless as he doesn't do anything in the plot other than being filler.
    • There's a pointless sub-plot where Plux keeps telling Skylar that his father is coming back; it gets annoying, fast.
      1. It is also filled with plot holes; where did Plux's father go to, and why did he left in the first place?
      2. To add insult to injury, at one point in the level CRT Citadel, Plux outright says that his father is never going to return, making that entire sub-plot completely pointless.
  10. Very limited enemy variety, as there are only three different types of enemies in total.
  11. Poor writing; this game tries way too hard to be funny with cheesy dialog and one liners that are similar to other games like the later Crash Bandicoot games and Sonic Colors.
  12. Questionable voice acting, most notably CRT who, despite being a robot, has a more human-like voice.
  13. Cheap enemy placements.
  14. Pointless power-ups.
  15. Obnoxious pop culture references. One noticeable example is as this one part after the ball drops, Plux says "We came in like a wrecking ball!", which is a reference to Wrecking Ball, a song from Miley Cyrus.
  16. Crappy puzzles that are a pain in the butt to solve.
  17. Framerate that will occasionally drop.
  18. Only one boss fight in this entire game, and that's the final battle with CRT.
  19. Very short length. It can be beaten in less than two hours.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Fantastic graphics.
  2. Colorful visuals and art style that capture the cartoony look.
  3. While repetitive, the controls are tight and well handled, which is needed for the game to be playable.
  4. While not the best, the soundtrack is pretty good.
  5. Some puzzles and platforming challenges can be fun.
  6. Occasionally pretty good and funny dialog, such as that one part in Corona Mountain where there's this rock, Plux says "This rock is just asking to get punch down from here!", and after punching the rock into an area below it, CRT says "Hey! What did that rock ever do to you?".

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