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  • Summary: 'Summer in Mara' is a summer adventure with easy-RPG elements and farming, crafting, and exploring mechanics set in a tropical archipelago.

    'Summer in Mara' is a single player experience in a calm, relaxing environment, with a handmade look and a interesting narrative. You will be Koa, a
    'Summer in Mara' is a summer adventure with easy-RPG elements and farming, crafting, and exploring mechanics set in a tropical archipelago.

    'Summer in Mara' is a single player experience in a calm, relaxing environment, with a handmade look and a interesting narrative. You will be Koa, a little adventurer who wants to explore the world that surrounds her.

    In 'Summer in Mara' you'll have to take care of your own island, harvest your crops, create new tools and buildings, and sail with your boat to discover new islands and secrets.
    KEY FEATURES
    - 'Summer in Mara' is an adventure and farming game, with an archipelago full of islands and secrets to explore.

    - Day and night cycle with climate events.

    - More than 100 quests to make the world a better place.

    - Over 20 characters to meet and trade with. Befriend them!

    - Improve your boat, make it bigger, better and faster.

    - More than 130 inventory items to make, use and trade.

    - Unlock and acquire new abilities and skills for Koa, helping her to craft, trade and explore in an easy-RPG system.

    You'll have your own island, but taking care of something like that is a lot of hard work. You'll be able to plant trees to get wood and craft new tools and buildings with it. Or create crop fields to grow all kinds of vegetables. You'll also have a farm with chickens and pigs to take care of. But be careful, because this isn't as easy as it looks! You'll also be able to fish in a pond on the island, cut trees with your hatchet, build things with your hammer and use a hoe to help you harvest your island.

    Koa will need your help. With an easy-RPG system, she can acquire new abilities and grow stronger. We want you to feel like you're growing up with Koa, bonding with her and with all the other people in the archipelago.

    You'll be able to sail to new islands and find treasures and other secrets in the middle of the sea with your trusty boat which you can upgrade with a little effort and time.
    With new islands comes new people. You'll talk and trade with over twenty characters, each one with their own story and lifes. They'll give you quests, hints about the world or just anecdotes about their life and travels. Getting to know them is a very important part in the game, so we put much effort in making them unique and interesting.

    But not all of the people you find will be friendly. An evil corporation called Elite wants to conquer Mara and exploit the ocean. Napopo is one of their first victims, a strange creature that will seek Koa for help.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 12, 2020
    85
    Summer in Mara is not for everyone; it's charming, full of character, and clearly made with a loving passion, but its focus on the journey may leave some players feeling left behind. With a dash of patience and a hint of dedication, Summer in Mara blossoms into a wonderful experience.
  2. Jun 15, 2020
    80
    Summer In Mara isn’t perfect, as while the plot is generally well-written it can be slow at times, and requires a fair bit of grinding to progress. Still, it is a beautiful game, and there is a calming feeling in ferrying seeds, animals, and supplies from one of Mara's many faraway islands to the player's farm. Overall, Summer In Mara is a nice, quiet farming sim with plenty of warmth and charm, perfect for those who wish to get away from it all for a brief session or two.
  3. Jun 16, 2020
    80
    Summer in Mara is a lovely experience with an abundance of charm and a welcome engagement with environmental and emotional subjects. It makes for a perfect introduction to the genre for younger gamers, and a great relaxing escape from the real world for more mature sorts. It doesn’t have the depth of last year’s My Time at Portia but is both more accessible and has more developed characters. While there may be little prospect of a summer trip to sunny islands in reality, you could do a lot worse than take a holiday with Koa and explore the wonders of Mara.
  4. Jun 12, 2020
    60
    As a farming simulation, Summer in Mara falls short, but dang if its sunny world and characters aren't pleasant to be around.
  5. Jul 6, 2020
    60
    Summer in Mara makes a great first impression with its pleasant visuals and laid-back music but ultimately fails to remain engaging for long due to repetitive quests, a hollow world and plenty of tedious mechanics.
  6. Jun 22, 2020
    60
    Summer in Mara isn’t a bad game. Shockingly, I would actually recommend it…for children. It is definitely “baby’s first crafter” IF it can solve its direction and instruction problems. Everything is so simple and easy that it is perfect for a child. Without the need for combat and violence like other crafting games have, it’s perfect for young people. For the rest of us who have been playing crafting and survival games for 10+ years, there is nothing in this game for us. For almost everything this game does well, there are other more complex games that do it just as well or better. I can tell lots of love was put into Summer in Mara, but there are some tweaks that need to be made to support the audience they seem to be going for.
  7. Jun 16, 2020
    50
    A testament to mediocrity, but not awful. It can be acceptable if you just want to zone out for a while, but the constant stream of tedium and pointless running back and forth will try the patience of most.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jun 18, 2020
    10
    I've loved the time I spent in Mara. SiM is a beautiful tale of summer that fulls your chest with the joy and innocence of childhood. AllI've loved the time I spent in Mara. SiM is a beautiful tale of summer that fulls your chest with the joy and innocence of childhood. All those things that you could miss from the summers of your youth are in Mara: the magic, the beach, the adventures with your friends, petting the pigs, the wholesome hug of grandma.
    The OST makes me cry every time.
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  2. Jun 18, 2020
    10
    It's been a while since I've played a game that made me forget about time. It's soothing and very forgiving, something that as a player IIt's been a while since I've played a game that made me forget about time. It's soothing and very forgiving, something that as a player I really appreciate. I haven't felt punished for my mistakes as of yet and I've been playing more than five hours. As tough as things are right now, I feel there's a place I can protect, care and fight for and where I have a chance to win. It's my new happy place. Expand
  3. Jun 16, 2020
    10
    Me encanta me transmite una paz y una tranquilidad hermosa. el juego me divierte muchisimo y artisticamente me parece precioso. la bandaMe encanta me transmite una paz y una tranquilidad hermosa. el juego me divierte muchisimo y artisticamente me parece precioso. la banda sonora es muy bonita es imposible no tararear esa cancion cuando estas en la isla. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2020
    7
    Summer in Mara is a charming farming simulation game set in a quaint and fulfilling world. The character designs are beautiful and the gameSummer in Mara is a charming farming simulation game set in a quaint and fulfilling world. The character designs are beautiful and the game mechanics are both entertaining and interesting. However, the game is hindered by minor technical and instructional challenges. While not unplayable, certain quests are frustrating or bugged and the overall game would benefit from more precise instructions and quicker pacing. Expand
  5. Jun 18, 2020
    2
    Not much more than a beautiful art concept... The first 3-4 hours of the game are nice, but the rest of the game itself it's a little bitNot much more than a beautiful art concept... The first 3-4 hours of the game are nice, but the rest of the game itself it's a little bit boring. Farming is poorly implemented and not very satisfying... Expand