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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.
Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very mild fantasy themes and violence.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. 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.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
- 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.
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