Party games aren't as plentiful as they once were so here's a game that'll help fill the void. Marooners is a simple and silly party game that's sure to delight fans of fast-paced bite-sized mini-games so invite your chums over and let's try it out.
Marooners is played by competing in a rapid succession of random mini-games. However, these mini-games are played in small chunks so you have to constantly juggle between them and be able to jump right back in the action if you want to win. Each mini-game awards players points according to how much treasure they've collected. If you're the last player standing in a particular game then you have a chance to claim a massive pot of gold that'll increase your score substantially. Once all the games have concluded, you finally get to see who won. The controls simply involve running around and jumping as well as an attack button that also throws held objects. It's incredibly easy to pick up and play and the frantic fast pace of the mini-games creates a constantly enjoyable dynamic that the whole family will love.
Marooners' presentation isn't anything particularly special but it is very charming and colourful. You can control characters such as a caveman, Viking, pirate, deep sea diver, and pharaoh. It's great fun to watch them run around while occasionally vocalising to emphasize their actions. Overall, the cheerful presentation is full of lighthearted energy which provides a fitting backdrop for the party fun.
The collection of mini-games in Marooners is what makes it such an enjoyable game. You'll find yourself running from rolling boulders, avoiding getting squished by a stone slab with holes in it, sliding across an iceberg while trying not to fall off, and carrying an explosive object that awards you points but might blow you to smithereens, too. There's even a 2D mini-game that plays a lot like Mr. Driller. The mix of mini-games is well done in that knowing how to play them is usually intuitive even without any instruction. However, there could definitely be more variety. I would have loved to see more genres represented like racing and 2D platforming. Instead, most mini-games merely involve frantically collecting treasures while trying not to fall off an arena or get crushed.
You can play Marooners online with up to 6 players as well as locally with up to 4. If you can't find that many players then bots will happily join in on the fun. One aspect that I thoroughly appreciate is the fact that you can play with a combination of local and online players which is something that many indie developers overlook. It's great to see so many available multiplayer options.
Before I wrap up this review, I should mention a couple of minor issues that took away from the fun. First, the combat is far from satisfying. Basically, all you do is mash the attack button and it never seems like your blows are connecting to your opponents. They just flash and get pushed back a bit while some of their earned coins may scatter about. Lastly, there are 8 characters to play as and you can also choose their weapons. However, all the characters and weapons play the exact same. It makes you wish that each one had their own gimmicks that you can utilize to your advantage but everything is purely cosmetic.
If you're looking for a simple and enjoyable party game that you can play both locally and online then you need to give Marooners a download. Its charming and frantic action makes for a party that you'd definitely be happy to attend.
- + Frantic fast-paced fun that's easy to play
- + Charming and colourful presentation
- + Has both online and local multiplayer as well as a combination of the two
- - Mini-games could use more variety
- - Combat feels a bit off
- - Characters all play the same