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Video GameMario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope Review
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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is a strategy game where you control Ubisoft's Rabbids (cartoon rabbits) and Nintendo's Mario team in turn-based battles. It expands upon the previous game by adding a wider variety of characters and abilities, most notably the Sparks' magical powers and the large, freely explorable world full of secrets. It's a unique way to engage with the Mario franchise and offers up a deep level of strategy, balanced by humour, a charming story and clever puzzles.

You fight the evil henchmen of Cursa who want to absorb the world's energy and cover the land in darkness. Doing this involves a series of tactical battles where you take turns to move, shoot and attack in an effort to defeat the various enemies. It's a classic idea brought to life by unusual and imaginative weapons and delicately balanced battles that need finesse to win.

As you progress you rescue Sparks. These offer a wide array of abilities, such as stunning opponents or dealing huge damage. As the battles get tougher strategic use of these abilities is key to success. You also need to make the most of each of your different characters that offer varying movement, stamina and strengths.

Outside of battles, you have the freedom to explore the many worlds at your own pace, solving environmental puzzles and interacting with the many inhabitants you meet, some of whom need your help. Each world is colourful and unique, and gives you the agency to do as much or as little as you want outside of the main story.

It's a unique game that builds upon the first game by adding a wide array of new mechanics and puzzles, with a more richly detailed world to explore, and introduces many new characters to the series.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/10/2022

Platforms: Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

 

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DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context, pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children, and mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. This game feature unrealistic combat between human-like and fantasy characters. These characters are cartoon-like in nature and the violence itself is over-the-top and unrealistic. Damage is indicated with numbers and characters have health bars which reduce when they are hit. Enemies disappear in puffs of smoke when defeated, without any visible harm. The cartoon-like visuals help in making the violence less disturbing.
The game also features scenes and designs that would likely scare young children, such as a huge monster with tentacles.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very mild fantasy themes and violence.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The turn-based nature of the battles means there is no time pressure or need for quick thinking or reactions. Younger children can immerse themselves in the world and enjoy the famous Nintendo characters in a new setting.

CostsCosts

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope usually costs £74.99.
 

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Switch Store Switch £74.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
You can get two versions of the game: the Regular and Gold Editions. The Gold edition includes some exclusive cosmetics, and also access to extra content that will be released post-launch that includes new story and characters. This content will be purchasable for owners of the Regular Edition as well. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Ubisoft) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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