Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara is a platformer that is a joy to get through with a few different types of levels to keep it fresh. Here is our Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara Review.
The game is developed by Chibig, Talpa Games, and Undercoders and published by Chibig, it was released on 27 July 2023, for PC, PlayStation4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the Nintendo Switch.
Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara takes place on a few islands where some kids have stoles everything that’s not stuck to something to make a trail to make someone a pirate. You, Koa, are entering this test to make the island as good as it was before and get back all the stuff and people who used to live there. During this adventure, you meet a variety of pirates that have a task for you and that give you a new part of the map after completing their test.
The gameplay takes some elements that reminded me a lot of Crash Bandicoot but made it a lot more accessible and a perfect game for kids to play as well to get into these types of games. There are levels where you can go super fast across with speed pads, levels where you get shot at with canons or lazers that you need to dodge, and more traditional levels where you just platform. Each level is fun and fresh, they have a pretty good flow between them so they don’t get boring within the hour.
Each area was fun to play through, none of them really felt like they were repeats, and also made the game feel fresh continuously as well. The boss levels are all unique and didn’t have repeated as well, something you don’t always see anymore and I really liked that as well. The whole game just kept being a lot of fun from start to finish.
While the game is a lot of fun, 1 major issue I had was that the controls felt strange throughout the whole playthrough. The running button was weirdly placed by default and the rolling mechanic to speed up just wasn’t working as well as I would have personally liked. It just took a bit too long to get a hang of and even then I would mess up more than I expected.
The only type of level I didn’t like was the underwater levels, just like most games that have them, they were the least fun one. They are hard to pull off, so I don’t blame them for trying, when they work well they are great, and in some ways, they did make a type of fun water level where you need to go down and get a sunken treasure.
Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara has some amazing graphics and the characters all felt at home in this uniquely crafted world but also stood out in their own way. In the levels themselves the visuals do get a bit less detailed in some types of the levels. The running levels and the underwater ones were kinda the only offenders of this issue, but because you are going through these at a fast pace, you don’t really notice it. The only “wrong” thing I notices was when something was far back that those objects would move at a strange framerate.
As for platformers go, this game is well worth your time. It’s not a game that you will end up playing for months, but it doesn’t need to be because for the time you spend with it, it works out great, and its a ton of fun. There are a ton of collectibles to collect, times to beat, and races to do to keep you entertained for a lot of hours.
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