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Paradise Marsh (2022) is an insect-collecting game where you explore a marsh to find magical bugs that bring stars back to the night sky. You wander an endless wetland and collect creatures, skim stones and eat mushrooms as the weather and seasons change. Its unique visual style, intentionally slow pace and gentle tone make it an adventure of exploration and discovery.

In a world where all the stars have fallen from the sky onto an expansive marsh, you traverse the ancient land and try to figure out a way to put them back. As you do, you use your net to find new species of animals, from frogs to insects, and add their details to your logbook notes. Along the way, you discover that these animals hold the key to putting the stars back, and are in fact star constellations themselves.

Your Notebook provides clues about the sort of habitat you can find these creatures in. As you find them and interact with a host of other creature-characters you restore them to the night sky and gradually bring light back to the darkness of night. The game features a procedurally generated landscape, meaning you have an infinite amount of marsh to explore and skim stones, read poems, take photos, go fishing pick flowers, or even just sit on a log and contemplate the beauty of the natural world. Then there are little quests to do things like clean up graffiti or find radio towers.

With a tranquil story that mirrors the stark natural beauty of the surroundings, you have the chance to progress at your own pace through the game while giving you time to think and unwind, all in a novel way and setting.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Paradise Marsh 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Narrative and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.

This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete. To see everything takes a lot longer. The never-ending landscape means it's different each time you play and can lead to many more happy hours walking around the tranquil wetlands.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Knowledge as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Some of the prose and poetry have a dark edge. There is one piece of text that talks about drowning.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Very young players need to be able to use the controls to move around the world and spot insects. There is no time pressure so even beginners can find a way to progress. There is a little reading, but the text is quite large.

Young players can enjoy:

  • Collecting wood to get a Harp.
  • Clearing rubbing to get Pan Pipes.
  • Plucking petals to make music.
  • Building a snowman.
  • Finding the perfect skimming stone.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 12-year-olds play this game:


Paradise Marsh usually costs £12.79 to £12.99.

Paradise Marsh

XBox Store Xbox X|S £12.99
XBox Store Xbox One £12.99
Switch Store Switch £12.79
Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/02/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Collecting, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Narrative and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 31 features

Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Hand-Made, Open World and Weather

Developer: Lazy Eti (@LazyEti)

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