MAROONERS (SWITCH RELEASE)
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on February 11, 2020
2015 was the year in which I discovered a game called Marooners. The very first time I played this game, it was still in its demo stage and I have to admit it was a bit confusing to me. At some point, we even thought the game was bugged. A good year later, I played the game again and I was happy to see that things had improved dramatically; it was still a bit chaotic but now I understood the concept and had tons of fun playing the game. Now that fun is transferred to the Nintendo Switch and I love to tell you guys all about it!
Let me start by explaining the basics of the game; Marooners is a party game in which players compete against each other in multiple mini games, gathering as much points as they possibly can. The player who ends up with the highest number of points at the end of the overall round, wins the game. With the Nintendo Switch version, up to 6 people can join the fun and chaos online or offline (note that your needs a Nintendo online pass to use online feature). You can choose whether you want to play the Arena or the Party type of the game. Both types have their own mini games to play and while the Arena mode is more focused on battling against the other players, the party mode is more like a friendly free-for-all that you can win without hurting other players.
After selecting your favorite game mode, the next step is selecting your character. Can choose between several flamboyant characters, more of which can be unlocked while completing matches. The same goes for weapons; there are several funny items to choose from and again, several more options will follow by progress you make in the game. You can choose a cave man, a fierce female pirate and a character in a diving outfit, for example. You can use their original weapons, cave men club, swashbuckler sword or diver's trident, as their weapon during this crazy adventure. But what to think of a Carrot called The Root of All Evil, or a Balloon of Twisted Potential. And let's not forget about the Fanboy Flag, which carries the logo of developer M2H.
What's that? You want to know more about the mini games of this game? Well, that's only fair, I guess and, as luck would have it, I was just about to start telling you about them. Let me start with one of my favorites, Rocky Road; a mini game in which you and your opponents will have to run for your very lives along a tiled path, all the while avoiding huge falling boulders. Another super cool mini game is Twin Temples, where one player has a bomb in his hands and you have to try to transfer it to another player, because whoever has it in his or her possession when the bomb explodes, will die with it. And last but not least, I simply love Mines of Mayhem, where you need to dig for your life and try to not fall behind. There are many more mini-games to play in Marooners and it's up to you to discover them all!
Now I know that there are a lot of party games out there, especially for the Nintendo Switch, so why should you play Marooners? Well, what really stands out is the brilliant Chaos Mode. Several mini-games will be played at the same time and the game will switch randomly between them, even in the middle of a mini game. As you can probably imagine, this will create a truly chaotic and fun experience, and spices things up tremendously. For people who like an easy introduction into the game (or for people who are afraid of sudden changes), Marooners also comes with a so-called Linear Mode. This variant will first let you play out one mini-game before switching to the next. Now, just say you don't know how to make a choice. Even then, the developers at M2H have got your back; you can set the type of game to "any" and let the game decide your faith.
Marooners offers you the option to play this game as single player, no problem. When playing in single player mode, the other players on the roster will be replaced by bots. But don't expect these friendly-looking bots to have even an ounce mercy on you; I had a hard time to win an actual round and most of the times I came in second or even third. And while running, digging and grabbing your way through the colorful levels of Marooners, I think the real magic happens when you gather a couple of friends in your living room, get some snacks and sodas and have the blast of a lifetime!
September 15, 2016 (PC)
February 6, 2018 (PS4 / Xbox One)
February 7, 2020 (Nintendo Switch)