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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, it offers a 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 Andy Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
This game is good if you want to:
- Take notes while you play
- Keep children's rights at the centre of play
- Understand ecology
- Try out family games at MCM Comic Con
- Play with amphibians
- Find digital play to support well-being
This game has helped players develop their Knowledge as part of the following pathways:
This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:
Some of the prose and poetry has a dark edge. There is one piece of text that talks about drowning.
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's not 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:
- 12-year-old: Documenting Habitats
Release Date: 03/02/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Accessibility: 31 features
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Hand-Made, Open World and Weather