To say that Skylar & Plux is a clone of Ratchet & Clank is an understatement. The main character Skylar, looks like a Lombax. She acquires a bunch of different gadgets to aid her on her quest. There’s a ton of humor (mostly self aware). The only difference is that Plux, your sidekick, isn’t a robot. The silent protagonist Skylar, uses her fists, not a wrench. It’s currently available on Xbox One, PS4 & Steam. The big question though, is it worth your time?
Developed by Right Nice Games, Skylar & Plux isn’t a bad game, it’s just you’ve seen it before. Clover Island is a beautiful place to explore, but there’s only 3 areas. There’s a forest/mountain, desert & metallic/lava world to go through, with a hub in the middle. Other than finding your little marshmallow friends, the Loas, and rescuing them, there really isn’t anything else to do besides going through the main story. It just feels empty. It’s also very short, it only took me 2 hours to beat. The definite highlight of the game is the soundtrack. The music is light and catchy, from acoustic guitars, to violins, to piano. It’s very calming to listen to.
The game begins with Skylar, held captive by CRT (he’s a talking TV with arms). Skylar tried to steal something from CRT, so he attached a metal arm to her and erased her memories (I assume to use her as a weapon to capture this special Relic everyone wants). After your new ARM helps you escape, you go through a quick tutorial area to get a feel for the controls. It’s the usual stuff, spin attacks, double jumps. Once you’ve escaped CRT’s space station you crash land on Clover Island. This is where you meet your companion Plux, and the Loa. Gameplay on the island consists of you travelling to each area to collect Fuses to activate the relic and gain new powers to aid you with puzzles that pop up. Over the course of your journey you acquire a Jetpack, a device that slows down time and activates Time Orbs, which restore destroyed areas to what they previously looked like, and a Magnetic Glove that allows you to pick up enemies and giant wrecking balls to cause some mayhem. However, there are considerable frame rate issues when there are too many enemies on screen. The game almost screeches to a halt at some points
Skylar & Plux doesn’t take itself seriously, which can lead to some funny moments. A lot of the humor is more geared towards kids. My son & daughter got a kick out of Plux and all the ridiculous things he would say, which were usually about butts. Most of the dialogue though comes off as corny. The story isn’t anything mind blowing, but the ending is pretty hilarious, especially when you find out what CRT is, but it’s not worth the price of admission.
At $17, I wouldn’t recommend it . It’s on sale right now for a limited time, so if you are interested, you can get it pretty cheap. Like I said before, it took me 2 hours to beat, and I only needed 2 more trophies to get the Platinum. If this seems reasonable to you, then by all means give it a go. It’s not a bad game, it’s just over pretty fast with barely any meat to it. It could be a nice gift for a kid, but you could just splurge and get Ratchet & Clank for a more polished experience, and your moneys worth. – NVJ