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Video GameParadise Marsh Review
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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Paradise Marsh is an open-world collecting game where you explore a varied marsh to find insects to put their stars back in the night sky. You wander an endless wetland and collect creatures, skim stones and eat mushrooms as the weather and seasons change. Its unique visual style and intentional slow pace and gentle tone make it an adventure of exploration and discovery.

In a world where all the stars have fallen from the sky onto an expansive marsh, you traverse the ancient land and try to figure out a way to put them back. As you do, you use your net to find new species of animals, from frogs to insects, and add their details to your logbook notes. Along the way, you discover that these animals hold the key to putting the stars back, and are in fact star constellations themselves.

Your Notebook provides clues about the sort of habitat you can find these creatures in. As you find them and interact with a host of other creature-characters you restore them to the night sky and gradually bring light back to the darkness of night. The game features a procedurally generated landscape, meaning you have an infinite amount of marsh to explore and skim stones, read poems, pick flowers, or even just sit on a log and contemplate the beauty of the natural world.

With a tranquil story that mirrors the stark natural beauty of the surroundings, it offers a chance to progress at your own pace through the game while giving you time to think and unwind, all in a novel way and setting.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/02/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Narrative and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 31 features

Components: Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Lazy Eti (@LazyEti)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete. To see everything takes a lot longer. The never ending landscape means its different each time you play and can lead to many more happy hours walking around the tranquil wetlands.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

 
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:

 

BenefitsBenefits

This game has helped players develop their Knowledge as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Some of the prose and poetry has a dark edge. There is one piece of text that talks about drowning.

Skill Rating

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Very young players need to be able to use the controls to move around the world and spot insects. There's not time pressure so even beginners can find a way to progress. There is a little reading, but the text is quite large.

Young players can enjoy:

  • Collecting wood to get a Harp.
  • Clearing rubbing to get Pan Pipes.
  • Plucking petals to make music.
  • Building a snowman.
  • Finding the perfect skimming stone.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 12-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

Paradise Marsh usually costs £7.19 to £8.49.
 

Paradise Marsh

XBox Store Xbox One £8.39
Steam Store PC £7.19
Switch Store Switch £8.49
Steam Store Mac £7.19
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Paradise Marsh Accessibility Report documents 31 accessibility features:
The join-the-dots aspect of the game is the most fiddly, an example of which needs to be completed before you start. There is some helpful audio to indicate success or failure with this dot-joining.

Also the initial prompt for the RT button isn't high contrast.

Text in the game is large, although at times it is made small for emphasis. Othertimes it shakes again to communicate emphasis. In the Notebook some of the text is smaller. Also, when you view the Notebook at night the contrast is much lower. You can turn general text wobble off.

There is lightening in the game that creates a flash of the screen. When you approach an interactive elements a Eye image is displayed. Secondary interactive elements are highlight with a sparkle and related directional sound. Insects make directional sounds that help you find them. This sound is mirrored by a pulse visal that can be seen if they are on camera - but doesn't offer visual direction if off screen. You can turn off Screen Shake. There is an option to boost the game brightness, but this also reduces contrast.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.

  • Play as Character without stated Gender:: The game’s protagonist’s gender is ambiguous and not stated.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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