Within the modern game industry, many genres have had a moment in the spotlight, and then faded away once the next big thing has arrived. This happened in the 90s to the 3D platformer, with titles such as Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot and Banjo-Kazooie giving us fond memories of the times we spent collecting musical notes, Wumpa Fruits and miscellaneous treasure. The genre is now receiving a revival, courtesy of smaller productions and funded projects such as A Hat in Time, Funk Unplugged and Lobodestroyo. Skylar & Plux: Adventures on Clover Island is the latest in this line of new retro themed 3D platformers, and despite some minor faults, it is a highly enjoyable adventure that inspires confidence in titles produced without a triple-A budget.
Like many 3D platformers, Skylar & Plux has a loose plot that ties the game’s events together. After having her memories erased and then converted into a half feline half android hybrid by the villainous CRT, Skylar manages to escape from his space station to a nearby planet. When she lands, Skyler learns that CRT has stolen the three fuses that keep the planet alive. Determined to get back her memories and defeat the evil overlord, Skyler teams up with a cocky young owl named Plux to find the essential items and restore the planet to its original state. While it definitely won’t win any awards for originality, the storyline is filled with heart-warming moments, and amusing anecdotes from CRT and Plux whenever the need arises, such as a crude paraphrase of Charlton Heston’s famous Statue of Liberty scene from Planet of the Apes.