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Skellboy is a lovely looking game with an addictive soundtrack and lighthearted story. However, its main gameplay loop is unremarkable, and there isn't much to differentiate itself from the competition.
Skellboy brings what we're used to in similiar adventures but also introduces a little twist - switching body parts with enemies. That, and funny dialogues and cutscenes go well together to create a quite nice experience.
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Skellboy breaks no barriers and raises no bars, but it provides a relatively easy outing for people starting out in the Action RPG genre. Its comedically written script and variety of items lift it up, but dull, monotonous gameplay draws it back down to the depths from which it came.
Skellboy is a Zelda clone with no meat on its bones.
If you put Zelda's action-RPG system, Paper Mario's platforming, and a heavy dash of voxel graphics into a blender, you'd likely get something resembling Skellboy. At times, admittedly, the game lacks polish and can drag quite a bit, especially in the beginning. Nevertheless, it brings new ideas to the platforming and RPG genres, while looking pretty stellar to boot.
Despite the lovely voxel visuals and cute animations, Skellboy doesn't quite hit the mark. Uninspired combat, slow movement and poor objective signposting make it a little bland.
A standard hack-and-slash adventure, Skellboy offers a fun twist on the usual inventory format. Beyond that, though, performance issues and a general lack of polish leave the game feeling underdeveloped
Even if Skellboy ran at a smooth 60 frames per second (which it most definitely does not), its underlying issues would be enough to make it an easy game to pass on. All of gaming’s cardinal sins are present here: unskippable fight intros that play every time you die to a gimmicky boss and try again, a paucity of checkpoints, slow movement speed that doesn’t mesh well with all of the mandatory backtracking, and a story so self-satisfied with its lore that it forgets to tell itself in a natural way and ensure that the dialogue always fits inside of the text boxes.
With an imaginative world and equally imaginative premise, Skellboy is an admirable attempt to provide an alternative to your average Zelda title.
Skellboy is an enjoyable enough adventure title that I’d recommend giving it a shot at some point.