5) Yoku’s Island Express – Metacritic Score: 84
Yoku’s Island Express is a very unique combination of genres. It seamlessly blends classic pinball mechanics with open-world and metroidvania level design. Each area acts like a small pinball table, where you need to collect items and move onto the next section to progress.
Critics have praised the vibrant art style, the wonderfully designed open-world that’s full of secrets to find, and the cleverly interwoven metroidvania elements. You might think that this combination of polar opposite genres is strange, but the result is actually one of the most entertaining and charming platformers of the year.