Beasts of Maravilla Island Review
Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.
Your grandfather has died. Armed with his journal, you work to save Maravilla Island. To complete your book of photographs you'll need to coax the different animals out of their habitat. This evolves into side-quests where you, for example, play with a rambunctious otter-crocodile, be the wingman for a lovestruck bird-monkey and discover the favourite hiding spots of birds disguised as bananas.
There are over 50 extraordinary creatures and plants to photograph, each with their own appearance and behaviour such as the Sparkling Lamp lily, the Maravilla Mango Kakapo and the Prism-Winged Butterfly. The puzzles you complete also rely on your cooperation with animals, including playing hide and seek with an Otter Crocodile or helping a Bird Monkey find his perfect match.
The result is a game that combines ecology, photography and beautiful hand-drawn records of the creatures and plants you discover. You can explore at your own pace and go where you want in the island by running and climbing to discover and engage with the local wildlife.
Out now on Switch, PC, Xbox and coming soon to PS4
The game is very suitable for young children. Parents may want to note that there is a scene at the end of the game where a griffin character roars and pounces at the player.
Skill Rating6-12 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Very young players will need a bit of help with the puzzles and photography but will still enjoy exploring. Older children will find the combination of exploration and identification a big draw.
Navigation is aided by the game shining a light beam on where to go next. Important items are also highlighted by camera movement.
On Switch (TBC on PlayStation) you can use motion controls to aim the camera.
Holding is only required for one puzzle, where it's used for a prolonged whistle which is required to progress.
There's no flashing in the game, however, at the end, the screen does flood white for a magical effect.
Our Beasts of Maravilla Island Accessibility Report documents 38 accessibility features:
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