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In this explanatory review, we’re covering Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara by developer, Talpa Games:
Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara (The Explanation)
The Mara series has evolved from its early Summer in Mara and Stories of Mara games available on consoles and PC. Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara is set in the Mara world revisiting past characters and introducing new ones as well. In Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara you play as Koa and embark on an exhilarating escapade through the vibrant world of Mara. You will team up with the beloved Koa and her trusty friend Napopo in the thrilling video game, Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara. Get ready for an action-packed platforming adventure that pays homage to classic gaming!
The main gameplay loop consists of traversing small islands which reminded me of The Legend of Zelda Windwaker via your boat and walking around the small open world islands talking with characters and doing quests. Once you arrive on the islands you will have opportunities to play through short burst levels that closely resembled the Mario 3D world games crossed with Banjo Kazooie style collectibles and race to the end style platform levels.
You will traverse each archipelago, one at a time, where each island is more alluring than the last. You will visit sun-kissed beaches, cannon-filled outposts, and bubbling volcanoes, the islands of Mara are brimming with charm and color. Prepare to be mesmerized by the lovingly crafted visuals, boasting intricate details and a sense of depth that immerses you in the breathtaking scenery.
Your journey won’t be a walk in the park, though! As Koa, you’ll need to outwit cunning traps, maneuver through treacherous environments, and ultimately face off against the gnarliest pirate bosses! Brace yourself for heart-pounding action and pulse-pounding challenges as you strive to overcome these formidable foes.
The various islands have a half dozen or so levels within them that you need to complete by racing to the finish line. Some levels had me racing against NPCs to prove myself and collectibles to find that will unlock outfits, backpacks, and other upgrades. As you play through Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara you will unravel the mysteries hidden within, and keep an eye out for precious treasures scattered throughout your adventure.
Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara caters to gamers of all skill levels. Whether you’re a newcomer eager to savor the captivating storyline or a seasoned speedrunner looking for a challenge, this buccaneering escapade has something for everyone. Dive into the action-packed gameplay, filled with excitement and adrenaline-pumping moments. Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara works really well as a game for everyone looking for an action-packed platformer game. While newcomers will find the game easy to control and levels short and sweet, seasoned veterans will find the challenge in beating levels for gold and silver medals and uncovering the various collectibles within each map.
Prepare to set sail on a remarkable journey with Koa and Napopo in Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara. With its engaging gameplay, captivating graphics, and universal appeal, this action-packed platforming adventure promises an unforgettable experience for all gamers. So, hoist the sails and get ready for an extraordinary and memorable voyage through the islands of Mara! This game is a welcome addition to the Mara Universe and the characters and writing is well done. If you are looking for a game to hold you over until Super Mario Wonder, Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara is a must-play on the Switch and a Miketendo64 recommendation!
Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara (The Gameplay)
Developer: Talpa Games
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Platformer, Adventure
No. of Players: 1 (Single System)
Release Date: NA & EU: July 27, 2023
File Size: 1.4 GB