After a dry spell for the standard 3D platforming titles of old, 2017 saw a fairly significant influx of the titles. Even in a year of so many competing titles for the genre, Skylar and Plux still manages to stand out among the rest and offer a unique experience.
Many of the other 3D Collect-a-thon styled games this year took this influences from Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie series, but Skylar and Plux deviates from this norm by taking inspiration from both Jak and Daxter, and Ratchet and Clank.
You take up the role of feline heroine Skylar, who has escaped from the clutches of the mysterious CRT, an evil overlord with a fantastic maniacal laugh. After escaping, Skylar meets up with the witty Plux and thus our standard buddy-protagonist relationship is born.
The setting of Clover Island is a mixed bag of quality. The starting location sports a very stylized somewhat minimalist art-style. For the most part, the quality leans more on the better side, but some aspects such as running water can look out of place and unappealing. Luckily, the locations stand out from one another enough that most of the experience will be spent marveling at the next pretty view, rather than nitpicking the smaller details. From grassy islands, frozen peaks, and sandy deserts, S&P always has a beautiful sight to show.