Team 17 Games announced a new partnership today to publish a game by Villa Gorilla, Yoku’s Island Express. The only way to describe this game is as a pinball platformer, reminiscent of early Sonic and pinball games.
Yoku the Dung Beetle has arrived on Mokumana Island to relieve the resident pterodactyl postmaster of his duties. He’s ready for the easy life, soaking up the sun and delivering parcels on a tropical paradise!
However, he’ll quickly discover that an ancient Island deity is trapped in a restless sleep, and a host of colourful, quirky islanders are plagued by quakes and storms brought forth by its nightmares. It’s all down to Yoku to traverse the island using a unique blend of pinball mechanics and open world exploration, in an amazing quest to help those in need!
With Team17 we’ve found a publishing partner that cherishes innovation and style – something we recognized way back when we played Alien Breed on our Amigas. We feel that their commitment to quality and fun gameplay is a perfect match for us, and we are incredibly excited to be working with Debbie and the team to finish and release Yoku’s Island Express.
Said Jens Andersson, Co-Founder of Villa Gorilla. Debbie Bestwick, MBE, CEO of Team17 added,
Yoku’s Island Express has such a beautiful, distinct style with a unique twist on the platform genre. It’s a true gem, we’re looking forward to working with the very talented Villa Gorilla and welcome them to our growing games label family.
Yoku’s Island Express will release on Nintendo Switch in 2018.