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Poi: Explorer Edition

Oct 24, 2017 - Nintendo Switch

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50 / 100
65 / 100
Nintendo Life
8 / 10
Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5
Pure Nintendo
7 / 10
7.5 / 10
7.5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Poi: Explorer Edition

Poi, gripping with nostalgia, delivers standard 3D platforming in a adorable and relaxing way, putting nothing between you and the thrill of exploration, but this resolve to keep the game simple and to the point leaves it lacking in content. It's a fantastic way to unwind, though not much else. The exclusive content to the Explorer Edition adds little to the experience, and you're better off purchasing the title on Steam or another console, unless you want to pay the premium to have the option of mobility. A charming presentation coupled with dull interaction leaves this specific product mediocre.

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I don't want to completely rag on Poi: Explorer Edition, as it is a competent 3D adventure game with some appeal.

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Poi: Explorer Edition is a great platforming adventure in its own right.

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Poi's greatest weakness lies in its sound design, but the core game is well-crated and a lot of fun.

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With gameplay that is a love letter to classics like Mario 64 and Sunshine, Poi: Explorer's Edition is a good time; even if the visuals lack detail.

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7.5 / 10.0

Most modern 3D Platformers like to add in their own special features and inspirations to help show off it's individuality versus your average Mario game. Poi, however, doesn't. But the real question is, despite this special lack of individuality, is Poi at least a decent Mario clone? Yes! The game plays quite well, doesn't bother you with any complicated story, and is extremely simple to pick up and put down which is perfect for a portable game. Despite looking rather old, and having a less-than-satisfactory soundtrack, Poi is one of those games that's perfect for just a quick, no thought needed gaming session.

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Poi does nothing to move its genre forward and even though its wanting for polish in many areas, its faults are small enough that they will likely prove little more than minor annoyances for those looking to kill some time after they complete Mario's latest.

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Most of the challenges, enemies, and boss fights, have direct parallels in one 3D Mario game or another. Outside of some unique takes on progression you'll rarely find anything that feels entirely new in Poi. When all's said and done Poi is a very well executed clone. It is fun and charming, but feels like something I've played before.

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