Developer: Banana Bird Studios
Publisher: Whitethorn Digital
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 18/06/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
So after the hype and the must play rail photo experience Pokemon Snap comes Beasts of Maravilla Island, with a similar concept but totally different.
You play as Marina Montez, a wildlife photographer, who has her grandfather’s journal and camera. He wants Marina to travel to Maravilla Island and save it, as the magic is fading.
It will be up to Marina to restore the Island and take photos of its inhabitants and their unique behaviours.
The game is fairly straightforward: you have to travel around the three areas of Maravilla Island taking pictures of all the flora and fauna. With set pictures to take, for example 10 birds and each area has its own unique animal you will need to get different poses or actions of. Once taken you can replace the picture in the journal with another one you have taken, as Marina can take up to ten pictures of each animal before needing to delete any.
Unlike Pokemon Snap Beasts of Maravilla Island will have the player being able to move around the biomes themself. This allows for a more dynamic world and some light puzzle elements. Marina will even have to interact with the environment and wildlife to solve some puzzles.
One of the underlying themes I feel is important to mention is the conservation talk give by Marina’s grandfather. With simple quotes like how can we save anything if we do not see it. Yes, this is a game review but these real world 4th wall breaks apply to today’s world.
Overall Beasts of Maravilla Island is a short trip though a magical island where you can take selfies with weird and wonderful creatures. Beasts of Maravilla Island is a relaxing, cute and relaxing game.
If you liked Pokemon Snap, you could get an animal photo taking fix from this