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Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara: A Solid 3D Platformer

In 2020, Chibig released Summer in Mara, a slice-of-life farm sim game that didn't receive great reviews. However, the studio decided to continue the IP and create a successor in the form of a 3D platformer called Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara. Surprisingly, this decision paid off as the game turned out to be substantially better than its predecessor.

The story takes place after the events of Summer in Mara and revolves around a competition hosted by a group of pirates. Players control Koa as she competes in the trials to become an official pirate. While the narrative is not particularly noteworthy, it doesn't distract from the gameplay experience.

Before entering a level, players are presented with a world map resembling an ocean, similar to The Wind Waker. The map allows players to explore and collect items, with a treasure-hunting minigame reminiscent of the salvaging in Phantom Hourglass.

Each island on the map features one to three levels, offering concise platforming challenges that are enjoyable and not overwhelming. Players can complete these levels quickly, but those seeking more difficulty can hunt for hidden collectibles and strive for gold medals within a time limit. The controls are responsive, contributing to the satisfying platforming experience.

Visually, Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara adopts a simplistic art style reminiscent of PS2 platformers. Although not groundbreaking, the game maintains a solid 60 FPS, enhancing the overall quality of gameplay.

While Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara may not revolutionize the 3D platforming genre, it excels in its execution. With smooth controls, diverse levels, and plenty of collectibles, the game is an easy recommendation for fans of 3D platformers. If you're looking for 7-10 hours of solid and colorful platforming, give this game a try.