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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Beasts of Maravilla Island 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 6 months 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.
6+ 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.
Release Date: 12/06/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Accessibility: 36 features
Components: 3D First-Person, Hand-Made and Open World
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