Poi: Explorer Edition Review - The Other 3D Platformer On Switch To Check Out
Quick Glance - Poi: Explorer Edition
- Platform: Nintendo Switch; (Original game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One)
- Players: 1
- Achievements: N/A
- Retail Price: $29.99
High Level Premise: You need to collect things by traversing perilous areas filled with enemies, platforms, and more.
Graphics/Style: Polygons from the 1990s, looks like it came straight from a Nintendo 64 cartridge
Music/Soundtrack: Upbeat and catchy, although I found some of the sound effects to become tiresome after a period of time.
Story: You and your friend are traveling around the world to become a master explorer.
Replay-ability: Low - Moderate, I think when you max this game out, not much is there in terms of replay value.
Time Commitment: Gaming sessions can be done in short bursts, usually each objective takes no longer than 15-20 minutes.
Value: $29.99 is the perfect price point for a physical retail version of a game like Poi.
Favorite Element: The overall style of the game. This easily could have been a Nintendo 64 cartridge. The style is true and faithful to the gameplay and the genre it represents.
There is a really cool platforming game that came out this week on Nintendo Switch. No, not the guy with the red hat and mustache, but two kids who are trying to become the greatest explorers of all time in Poi: Explorer Edition. Recently, nostalgic gamers have demanded that developers revisit their favorite games from the 80s and 90s, and Poi takes a different approach by emulating all of those collect-a-thon games that we loved. Poi originally came out on PC last Winter, but since the developers have polished the game and added additional welcomed move sets to the player's arsenal.
With the Nintendo Switch release of Poi: Explorer Edition being this same week, as a system-selling major release; It's safe to say this Poi is possible to become overshadowed by the big red plumber, but that doesn't mean it should be. Poi is a love letter to fans of the genre, and incorporating interesting side quests based on other genres, such as one where you need to take photos of creatures (a la Pokemon Snap). And if you haven't played Poi yet, honestly you need to give it a shot, the developers have polished the game up from the initial release last February, patched some bugs and have added additional moves to your arsenal. The exclusive Nintendo Switch Explorer Edition comes with additional costumes and hats, the original soundtrack, HD rumble controls, and more. Speaking of the controls, they feel pretty tight and had no issues making precision moves in the game.
If there is one complaint I have about the game, is that the sound effects of the characters get annoying pretty fast. I am sure this was done by design and not on accident, as it stays true to the whole theme of being a "1990s three-dimensional platformer." It's kind of one of the trademarks. Luckily, you can easily turn them down or off in the menu completely. If you are looking for something exactly like Super Mario Odyssey or even Yooka-Laylee, be aware this is meant to look, sound, feel, and play like exactly like it does, a 1990s platformer. And that's not a bad thing by any means. Sometimes it's great to play a game that you can tell the developer loves a certain genre and time period in video gaming so much that they create their own masterpiece.
Note: We received a code from Alliance Digital Media for coverage purposes.