Skully Reviews

Skully is ranked in the 21st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
5 / 10
Aug 18, 2020

Skully's basic puzzle-solving and platforming are mostly benign, with occasional shows of both clever design and poor craftsmanship.

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TheSixthAxis
Steve C
Top Critic
5 / 10
Aug 21, 2020

I hate being that guy who basically says "this isn't the game I wanted to play", but in Skully's case it seems the most appropriate conclusion. So much of the game concentrates on mechanics that were rightfully abandoned and too little fulfils the marble rolling promise of its early footage. Looks like I'm still waiting, like a strangely bearded Cinderalla, to go to the ball.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2020

A good indie platform with interesting ideas, some techcinal problems but very funny to play.

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5 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2020

Skully has some interesting gameplay involving your multiple forms, but is ultimately let down by checkpoint issues, and blurry visuals

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75 / 100
Sep 1, 2020

Skully is a simple platformer that boasts fun characters, a great soundtrack, and creative gameplay; all of which provide a rewarding experience by the end of it. However, good things only last for a while, since the quality of the story drops off significantly by the end, and the poor music looping quickly becomes boring. And yet, it's an underrated gem that you'll likely want to platinum as soon as it's done.

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Ken McKown
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2020

Skully is a game that is easily forgettable and hardly recommendable. It is something that if you got free through a Games with Gold you would be encapsulated for all of 30 minutes and then likely never play again. It had promise with its quirky story and unique mechanics, but it never capitalizes on any of them, making it feel like yet another game lost in the ether of releases in 2020.

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7 / 10
Aug 4, 2020

A very respectable attempt at creating a 3D puzzle platformer but its pacing issues and somewhat frustrating camera design prevent Skully from being a great game. Still, there's some good value there for those willing to dish out the hefty $30 price tag.

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3.5 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2020

Skully is a masterclass in bad platformer design. Characters that are a chore to handle, sloppy level design, lousy camera controls, irritating puzzles, and a general lack of personality combine to create a profoundly tedious experience. If challenge is literally all you care about (even if it's wildly unfair), Skully might be worth a shot at a steep discount. Everyone else should spare themselves the headache.

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5 / 10
Aug 4, 2020

The younger generation is sure to extract some enjoyment out of Skully, but it proves all too basic for those getting on in their years.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2020

Don't be fooled by the nice-looking world, fun characters, or interesting story. Skully is a clever game with fun puzzles, and some of the most blisteringly difficult 3D platforming I've encountered in years. Be ready to challenge yourself as difficulty spikes put you in a blender and spit you back out. Skully is fun, satisfying and well-made, but not for the faint of heart.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2020

Skully has everything it needs to impose himself as a mix between a frantic platformer like Marble Blast Ultra and an original take on Metroidvania genre, but it wastes too much time before showing its true potential. The lack of enemies and situations to deal with does not help to keep you engaged until the game unleashes all its features, and it is a shame because it's a pretty game, and also very responsive to player input. Anyone willing to bear with the first few hours will be rewarded with fascinating gameplay.

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5 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2020

Skully has other issues too. A strange bug meant that I twice lost control of the golems, watching helplessly as they plunged into the nearest hazard. Sometimes when climbing vines, Skully would fall off for no reason. There were invisible walls, times when Skully deflected off platforms at an unnatural angle, and times when the lava would just disappear. A lot of players will likely give up before they reach the end of the game. It's a shame but completely understandable when the game has a heart that's let down by myriad problems.

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4.8 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2020

Skully is an attractive 3D platformer, but that's all it is. The gameplay is hit-or-miss and is severely hampered by poor controls. On top of that, the story is cliché and predictable, and none of the characters — not even the ones you're supposed to root for — are very likable. It's disappointing, but even if you're looking for a throwback to old school 3D platformers, Skully is a hard pass.

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6 / 10
Aug 4, 2020

Skully isn't an entirely lost cause. There's an entertaining enough puzzle platformer hidden underneath its myriad visual flaws. It may be uglier than sin and you may be accompanied by an irritating voiceover throughout, but you'll still have some fun playing through it and the plot does resolve itself in a nice way by the end. You'll just need to be able to roll with a lot of annoyances to get there.

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5 / 10
Aug 13, 2020

Great puzzle design and a sense of wonder isn't enough to redeem Skully from its platforming shortfalls, in this quirky but frustrating title.

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4 / 5.0
Aug 4, 2020

There really isn't much you can say about Skully. It's a rolling platformer that relies on rather simple concepts to sell the experience. It's enough to make the game engaging and in a number of sections challenging, but it really doesn't do anything to stand out. Story is largely just there, dialogue is a bit on the stiff side and visuals often look underwhelming. This isn't to say there is absolutely no reason to play Skully, it actually does a number of things well, it just doesn't stand out in any particular way, ultimately making average feel shine through.

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3.5 / 5.0
Aug 31, 2020

Personally, as mentioned, my interest in this game came to a screeching halt but I still appreciate what it is and I have no doubt that those who don't mind platform hopping  will enjoy it. If that's your thing then certainly consider giving it a go. If like me the term parkour causes an instant eye roll and sigh then I'd suggest giving this a miss.

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Impulsegamer
Top Critic
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 9, 2020

Couple this with some excellent vistas, cool level design ideas and a charming cast of characters, it's no wonder Skully has sucked me into its magical, muddy world.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2020

I was unexpectedly charmed by Skully. With some excellent controls and a story told earnestly, I was gripped throughout its entire run. Sure, its shorter time might turn off some and its collectables aren't that worthwhile, but it more than makes up for that. It doesn't waste time and it makes for a pleasant romp. Suffice to say, I'm curious to see what Finish Line Games makes next.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2020

Even if it's not a perfect adventure, it may still be worth checking Skully out if you're a fan of puzzle-platformers.

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