Let’s face it, video games are best enjoyed with others. As much fun as it is to get lost in a great story, the experience is always heightened when you are playing with your friends. But, you don’t always have time to take on the Horde for a few hours and of course there are the times when you just want to beat the stuffing out of your buddies. Well, M2H has just released Marooners – a party game that will have you battling it out till the curtain drops.
Marooners is a wild collection of party games for 1 to 6 players. You can gather everyone in the same room, play online or any combination thereof. Play either Arena mode in which you try to knock out all the other players or Party Mode where you try to collect the most coins before the level kills you. Either way the person who can last the longest will usually win. If you don’t have any friends, or enough friends to fill a game, you can add bots.
No matter which game mode you play, you will have to pick between linear and chaos switch mode. Linear mode switches between games when the games are complete. If you are looking for something a bit more wild, try chaos mode. In this mode the game switches between mini games every 20-30 seconds or so. There is a slight pause before the game picks back up, but you really must hustle. If you get knocked out of a specific game, you are still out when it returns. No matter the switch mode, or game mode, each match will contain 5 mini-games.
Unfortunately, even after a few games, the games get very repetitive. Each match has 5 mini games, and not every match will include the same the same games. If you play 2 or 3 matches though, you will end up playing each of the games several times. There are a few hidden games that will pop up every once in a while, but not enough to really make a difference. You can break the monotony by switching between Party and Arena modes. One nice thing is that as you play you can unlock new characters to play as and over 50 new weapons to use that are awarded randomly as you level up. All the characters and weapons are just window dressing because none of them hold any advantages. They just allow you to customize your character so it will stand out a bit more.
The graphics in Marooners are good. Colors are bright and vibrant, but occasionally your character can blend into the scene depending on the color you pick for them. Level designs are interesting and fun, but on 1 or 2 of the party mode maps with the ¾ top down view and items falling from the ceiling your overall view of the play space can become obscured quickly. The music is upbeat, quirky and will keep you going while you are playing. Some of the character phrases do get a bit annoying after a while, so you will know which ones to avoid.
Marooners is out now on XB1, PS4, and Steam. Carrying a price tag of $9.99, it is an affordable title but one that will probably only get limited play when you have friends to play against. You can play solo against the computer, but the game was meant to be played with others.