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There are some genres that work brilliantly when combined, and others you wouldn't expect to mash up very well. Yoku's Island Express blends a Metroid-like action platformer with pinball mechanics, and you'd be forgiven for thinking those are two great tastes that wouldn't necessarily taste great together, like peanut butter and ham. But the end result melds the two genres better than I ever could have expected. As far as I know, nothing like this has ever been attempted before, but the development team pulled it off beautifully.
Despite the coprophagial tendencies of the hero, this game is very decidedly NOT a steaming pile. On the contrary, it's one of the most ingenious, original games I've played in a long time.