Poi is a 3D adventure platformer throwback to the 90s era of classic platforming games. Explore big worlds, compete in challenge levels, meet quirky characters and pull off classic platforming feats on a journey to become a Master Explorer.
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Release Date: Nov 6, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We think Early Access is a great way for us to continue iterating on Poi and also start building a community around the game. We've been working hard on Poi since early 2014 and we're excited to hear what people have to say so we can continue polishing, refining mechanics and adding new content to the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our intention is to remain in Early Access until the game contains enough content to warrant a full release. This will vary based on the scope of the changes, but our estimate is to release in the later half of 2016.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of the game will include more content. We'd like to add additional worlds, challenge levels and explorer tools, as well as flesh out the story with additional characters. Time permitting, we'd also like to experiment with additional features like local co-op and requests from the community.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game currently contains five worlds, ten challenge levels and a work-in-progress hub world. There are 50+ Explorer Medallions to collect, explorer tools, and two playable characters. The game is fully playable with a keyboard/mouse setup as well as a myriad of different controllers (Steam controller included). Some story and characters are introduced but not yet finalized.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The final price of the game will likely increase due to the additional new content and features added throughout Early Access development.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will engage with the community in the Steam forums, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. We'll be actively checking for bug reports and playtest/tuning feedback to improve the game. We're also open to larger feature requests and suggestions from the community, as we'd like to keep an open and engaging dialog with our players.”
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August 26

Mega Medallions Patch Notes

We've got a quick Friday update with some improvements based on everyone's feedback from the big release this week.

Golden Gears in Explorer Book
We've added a new tab to the Explorer Book to help make it easier to hunt down all those Golden Gears!



New Spaceship Art
Here's a sneak peek at some of the new art we hope to incorporate throughout the game. Let us know what you think in the forums!



100th Medallion Added to the Forest
We've added a new medallion to the Forest as a reward for those of you who collect 100 coins.

Developer Twitch Stream
We'll be streaming later today on our official PolyKid Twitch channel, so feel free to hop on over and ask us your questions. We'd like to stream more often if there's enough interest, so we hope to see you there!

User Suggestions & Fixes
  • Keys reset properly during Challenge Levels if you restart or fall off the level
  • Golden Gears are now affected by the Magnet Item
  • Easier to talk to NPCs from any direction (not just standing directly in front of them)
  • HUD shows which key/button to press to exit hanging & over-the-shoulder camera modes
  • Forest tutorial no longer plays again when collecting the first Forest medallion
  • Removed debug sphere that was following the player while soaring
  • Fixed leader board timer exploits due to restarting levels (0:00 bug)
  • Fixed a bug where pushing to turn the Airship was slippery
  • [Possible] Bug fix for options menu disappearing when changing resolutions
  • [Possible] Bug fix for Snails spawning below ropes
  • [Possible] Bug fix for slow soaring speeds during the soaring mini game

Hotfix Notes (build #1306652)
  • Fixed a missing texture on the girl's face
  • Fixed a bug with collecting invisible Golden Gears
  • Fixed a bug where some NPCs (ie, Spooks) couldn't be talked to
  • Fixed a bug where you could get stuck talking to the Archaeologist after playing the Fossil Hunter digging game
  • Fixed a bug where you could get stuck bouncing on an enemy forever after collecting a Medallion
  • Fixed a debug 'test' text on the fossil island in the hub
  • Added missing colliders to some rocks in the Forest
  • Reduced the rolls task from 1000 to 500
  • Prevent hearts from being collected if you're at full health (also applies to the magnet item)

We look forward to hearing your thoughts as we continue to improve Poi based on your feedback!

Have a great weekend,

Paul & Ben

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August 24

Update #8 - Mega Medallions!

Hello, Everyone!

First of all, we'd like to welcome those of you coming from the Humble Monthly Bundle. We were happy to be featured in the August edition.

But let's get right to the update because we've got a lot of new stuff to cover!

Warning: Minor spoilers ahead.

99 Explorer Medallions
Our total medallion count has gone from 50 to 99 for this release!



Golden Gears
We've added a new character to the sky, so be on the lookout for someone new!

Challenge Levels - Key Mode
If you manage to complete all of the Merchant's challenge levels, a new challenge mode will unlock.

Explorer Tasks
After you find and talk to the stow away girl on the airship she'll give you a list of explorer tasks to complete.

Super Soaring Course
Put your soaring skills to the test in this new area.



Mole-iseum
Hone your fighting skills by defeating groups of enemies in the Mole-iseum.



Mystery Maze
Find your way to the end of this mysterious maze.



Fossil Hunter
Try your luck at this digging game of chance.



Story Cards
We've introduced new story elements to shed some light on the Master Explorer's backstory.

Forest Update
There's a new way to return back to the Forest from the Sky, so be sure to check it out and see if you find anything new!



Unity 5
We've finally upgraded to Unity 5. This means there are likely several new bugs we haven't found yet, so please report any issues or differences you encounter over on our forums. This may improve performance for some of you as well.

User Feedback & Improvements
  • The Mount Magma boss fight has been updated and is no longer unbeatable
  • Improved enemy hit detection (enemies are easier to jump on)
  • Improved wall jumping (easier to wall jump from more surfaces)
  • Ability to view Steam profiles for players on the leaderboards
  • New monkey bars/hanging player animation
  • New music added during level reveals
  • Advanced graphics options should no longer reset themselves
  • Improved pushing physics for Heart of the Sandpit Medallion
  • Fixed bug if Magnet was purchased as the first item
  • Fixed several places with broken level geometry
  • Added support for several additional usb controllers
  • Updated and refined lots of text

Linux/Ubuntu/Steam Machines Crash Workaround
If you're experiencing a crash on startup, try launching Poi with the "-force-opengl" launch option. This seems like an issue with Unity 5 that we're working to resolve.
Steam Machine: Manage Game > Set Launch Options... > -force-opengl
Linux: Right click Poi in Steam > Set Launch Options... > -force-opengl

And finally, a big Thank You to all of YOU, our Early Access players who continue to support us!

Sincerely,

- Ben & Paul

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Reviews

“Reminds me of every whimsical platformer I played in the 90s”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Poi looks like all the best 3D Mario games combined into one”
Destructoid

“I can't deny the allure of Poi's colourful, skyborn universe”
PC Gamer

About This Game

Poi is a 3D adventure platformer throwback to the 90's era of classic platforming games.

You'll explore large areas and smaller challenge levels in a search for explorer medallions. Getting those medallions won't be easy though, as you'll need to pull off classic 3D platforming feats in order to grab them. Run, jump, flip, bounce, balance, climb, slide, swim and more to collect them all for every level. Equip explorer tools, defeat enemies and meet new characters to unlock additional worlds to explore.

Pick between a rambunctious runaway boy or girl character as you embark on a challenging journey to uncover the many secrets scattered across the world of Poi.

Key Features

  • Adventure: Explore new worlds and the skies of Poi in search of 50+ Explorer Medallions.
  • Challenge: Set the fastest times in online leaderboards across several challenge levels.
  • Mastery: Learn to pull off wall jumps, triple jumps, rolling long jumps and more.
  • Original Soundtrack: Listen to original compositions from composer Lyndon Holland.
  • Controller Support: Plug & play support for dozens of USB controllers, including the Steam controller (keyboard/mouse supported, too).

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 200 Series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Lion (10.7)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X El Capitan (10.11)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 775M or better
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 200 Series
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series or better
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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rilwal
9.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
This game is fantastic!
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Dorrivix
3.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
such a fun game! even if it is in alpha. heck, it even plays good with the mouse & keyboard and that's saying something! most 3D platformers on the PC that are released aren't up to snuff on their k&m controls.

That said I ran into a couple of bugs, not really major, for example I was shot up into the stratosphere by hitting a moving platform in just the right spot. some sounds I noticed are missing, such as certain enemy noises, and a boss lacked any noise whatsoever, but this is early access, I don't mind it one bit.

only thing I'd complain about would be the way the camera jerks toward "protagonist A/B" when you place it next to some geometry, it's just kinda jarring. other than that i've really got nothing.
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The Penguin
1.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
Got this in my humble monthly subscription. Played it for a little bit and it's looking good so far. Control is solid and movement doesn't feel stiff. It's satisfying to jump around. The game visually looks better than I anticipated, and the music is pretty ok. Nothing spectacular but it isn't sub par for a 3D platformer. The closest thing I can compare it to so far is like Super Mario 64 except with tight, immediately responsive controls.
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OlJackBurton
2.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
Just started playing it today and totally love it. If you liked Mario 64/Banjo Kazooie/Ocarina of Time this game is for you. Fun, relaxing, amazing level design. Awesome game.
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Derpson
6.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
Poi is a really fun 3d platformer that is heavily inspired by 3d mario games. Poi plays very similarly to them. The controls feel very good and the gameplay is exactly what you would want in a 3d platformer. The music is very good, it perfectly fits the mood of each area. Overall Poi is a lovely experience that I had a lot of fun with.
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whynout
4.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
Excelent game. You'll get hooked up :)
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Murmanox
12.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 27
A good homage to old platformers. A few optimisation issues (I get higher framerate on black ops 3 than this) but fun gameplay. Recent update from the dev added a good few hours worth of content, so it might be worth checking in on every once in a while if you manage to beat it.
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gjhall71
0.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 27
Buggy - not yet. 2 game stopping bugs in first 30 minutes. I got the game through Humble Bundle monthly - I typically avoid early access games as the high number of bugs and many never finish or release a final version that is not polished.
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Takashishiful
12.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 27
Product received for free
Do you like Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie? If no, you should probably see a doctor, that sounds serious. But if yes, you should probably buy Poi. It's like a game straight from that era. But with better graphics and leaderboards. If you've played those games, congratulations, you've already got a head start in this one. This game is early access so expect some issues, but those are frequently fixed with new things added as well. I'd say something bad about it so you'd take me more seriously, but I can't think of any problems with the game that won't be patched soon. If you think you'd like this game, you probably will. I'd say it's about worth the money.
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BlazinBlack
3.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
Though it's still in Early Access and still needs some minor tweaks, it's already better than Super Mario 64! Also, it's got a super awesome soundtrack! <3
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 5
If you loved Banjo Kazooie, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Super Mario 64. You are in for a real treat.

This nostalgic (if yourre 27 like me) game will bring a big cheesy kid smile to your face as you explore this new world that brings back the memories of your childhood.

If you are new to the platforming genre, this game is a great way to break the ice.

nothing more to say except that I've already had a blast =)
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 6
Product received for free
A 3D Adventure Platformer
https://youtu.be/uGvFD-JAuZ0
+ Absolutely full of charm! If you enjoyed 3D platformers from the N64/Playstation->Gamecube/PS2 era you will feel like a kid again when you play Poi. ♥
+ Heavily influenced by Mario 64 / Sunshine. To some, this may sound like a bad thing, but everything just feels so right almost like you are playing a new Mario game. There are tons of references I could list, but triple jumping, and jumping on enemy heads to defeat them are things you will notice right away.
+ Visually the game is just full of appeal. Somewhat "polygonal" in nature, but I feel like this was to mimic games of old, and personally I just think the game looks fantastic.
+ The gameplay or I suppose I should say "the controls" feel almost perfect! Plenty of ways to jump, hop, climb, run, roll, and lunge around. Really shows off the right way to make a 3D platformer, and is a ton of fun to play.
+ The level design is spot on. You really couldn't ask for better obstacle courses, and areas to jump, flip, and collect all sorts of things. Also, very similar to Mario, you can replay areas with new objectives to get additional medallions (stars). Along with this, each time you play a level the weather / day / night cycle changes so you get a new perspective of the stage each time.
+ The soundtrack.... feels so nostalgic... it is sooooooo goood! Good enough to be background music in movies! The composer Lyndon Holland deserves a reward! The music fits the game so well, I loved every moment!
+ The game is a bit casual, but I honestly thought this was a good thing. You rarely every have to replay stages or reset your progress. There's plenty of checkpoints, and enemies are not very hard to avoid or defeat. (This is also a great game for kids!)
+ Lots of side-levels or challenge stages that are short and sweet that help keep the game feeling fresh. (I especially liked the slide level)

- The one thing that is sort of missing from Poi is that there doesn't seem to be any challenging enemies or bosses to defeat. Most of the enemies are just distrations that you try to avoid, or you jump on them to kill them easily.
- I was frustrated a bit with the hitbox when jumping on enemies. Sometimes you will go to jump on something only to get damaged when you land. This happened a lot with the mole creature.


[Side Note: This review may be a little biased as I have not played a good 3D platformer in a long while]
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 21
Edited for the most recent patch.

Tl;Dr Cute little game a true platforming great. Main flaw being Its too short and no tracking for new collectables.

Poi is a very charming game. A very Solid throw-back to 90's platformers and collect-o-thons (hell the gameplay is almost identical to Mario 64).

The art-style/character design is quite childish in my opinion but again, thats more than likely to fit in with the type of game its going for so it doesn't really bother me, however I can see it turning a lot of people off if they haven't played it yet.

The music is actually very good, not something I was expecting for a game looking like this, with each world having its own theme and giving the correct ambiance.

Controls are solid and gameplay is very smooth, making play this game for extended periods at once, which is something I don't get from most current games anymore.

I only really have 2 major gripes with this game though. First being that its incredibly short. I get its still in early access but I almost feel a game like this can't really get away with it, Its fun, charming and engaging but because of that it ends far too soon. More worlds and such are going to be added but for now, lets just say I'm glad I got this through the humble monthly and not paid outright for it.

The second thing being they just added in a new collectable (50 Golden Gears), which is lovely, it adds more time to the game however is now the only collectable without any tacking of how many are left in a world.

So for right now, its a fun time killer however be cautious paying full price for now as the content isn't exactly plentiful.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 6
I learnt what noise to make when jumping.
10/10

Would Hup Again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 12
A game for those who like the gameplay of Super Mario Galaxy, but want the enemy knockback of Ninja Gaiden.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 5
Beautiful game, brought back many childhood memories. Also has a lot of really interesting mechanics, especially to do with The Sky piece of the game. Would definitely reccomend. Had a smile on my face the second it booted up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 7
Poi is like a spiritual successor to Super Mario 64 on the PC.
Unfortunately it falls short in that regards. While its a fun game, it does not hold a candle to the Mario game. The levels here while are clearly inspired by Super Mario 64, are nowhere near complex enough to be challenging. The monsters also are more of an annoyance than presenting an actual challenge.

Like Super Mario 64, each map has 7 medals (stars) to get. While, Mario had a large number of big maps, Poi only has 5 maps which are very basic along with some challenge maps which are even smaller and usually give you less than a couple of minutes of playtime unless you wish to beat the top guys on the leaderboard.

I bought the game for $2.50 from someone who bought the Humble Monthly Bundle, and for that price, I am going to say that I am satisfied. While it was very easy and basic, it certainly did satisfy the Super Mario 64 itch I had, so it succeeded in that regards. The controls and camera are much better than Super Mario 64, and I have no complaints on that front. On the whole, I would hesitatingly recommend this game if you can find it on a sale or a cheaper price like I did. It has its fair share of bugs, due to which I am unable to complete the game, but considering its an early release, that is to be expected.

Basically if you really liked Super Mario 64 or other 3d platforming games, its worth a shot, but if you are not a fan of the genre, this game will not make you change your mind.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 5
Hidden Gem, Enhanced SM64 Clone, No Bugs at all, Get it now.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 6
I got this game from Humble Monthly. Great game that does not require a beefy pc. Very nostalgic and has a lot of the same mechanics as Mario on the N64. Some of the viewing angles could be better though.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 6
Exactly the right feel if you grew up on N64 adventures. Even the default X360 keymap is perfect. I played for a grand total of 10 minutes before my kids took over. I hope I get to finish it one day!
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