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Developer: Banana Bird studios
Publisher: Whitethorn digital
Genres: Adventure, Puzzle
Beasts of Maravilla Island is a little getaway that lasts for a few hours, but its flaws make the trip a little less than memorable. There isn’t any replay value to the game either to make it worth a second visit, so it’s best to make the most out of your first playthrough. While a charming tale embedded with wonder, there’s still room for improvement on this short-lived journey.
I can't describe Beasts of Maravilla Island as anything less than a disappointment on the Nintendo Switch. While performance on the console absolutely breaks the experience, what little is there to begin with feels lackluster and basic. The creatures and its world are without a doubt the highlight of the game, but even so interaction and creativity in your photography is limited from every angle. I've been a huge proponent of photography video games, but with its surge over the recent years I've realized that I've also become more critical of games wanting to evoke that feeling of photography, but don't seem to fully understand how it can be both a tool for gameplay and creativity. If you're looking for a creative photographic experience I'd recommend titles like Umurangi Generation and (New) Pokémon Snap. Heck even other games that have non-essential photo-modes like Blue Fire, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate allow you more creativity than Beasts of Maravilla Island. This unfortunately makes Beast of Maravilla Island an Island I don't ever plan on revisiting.
Simple game with a simple adventure, full of exoticism and magic. An island that seems removed from the history of this planet, to enjoy the flora and fauna to shoot dozens, or hundreds of photos, and even to improve the shots. A brief journey in a game that is perhaps very simple, but also curious and fascinating.
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