Beasts of Maravilla Island

Banana Bird studios, Whitethorn digital

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
55
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0%
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Based on 5 critic reviews
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Beasts of Maravilla Island

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Based on 5 critic reviews
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Available on:PCJun 12, 2021
PlayStation 4Jun 12, 2021
Xbox OneJun 12, 2021
Nintendo SwitchJun 12, 2021

Developer: Banana Bird studios

Publisher: Whitethorn digital

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle

Beasts of Maravilla Island is a 3D adventure game where you take on the role of a young wildlife photographer who traverses Maravilla Island's magical ecosystems to discover extraordinary creatures, learn their behaviours, and, most importantly, photograph their majesty! The protective magic of Maravilla Island is waning, and the only way to save it is to restore humanity's belief in the magical. Assume the role of Marina Montez, an aspiring wildlife photographer who is armed with her grandfather's journal of Maravilla and his camera. To save Maravilla Island, you must climb, explore, and solve puzzles with the island's flora and fauna to find and photograph its fabulous beasts. You'll also need to coax out their unique behaviours! Play with a rambunctious otter-crocodile. Be the wingman for a lovestruck bird-monkey. Discover the favorite hiding spots of birds disguised as bananas. Beasts of Maravilla Island is filled with enchanting opportunities to engage with creatures in unique, wholesome ways! Capture your magic moments with majestic animals, and share Maravilla Island's magic with the world! - 50+ Unique Creatures, big and small, to engage with and photograph - Exploration of 3 distinct ecological zones, each containing their own unique species! - Endless possibilities to photograph the game’s beautiful ecosystem. - Puzzles that emphasize interacting and cooperating with creatures and plant life

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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.

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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.

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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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Journey through the jungles.

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