Marsupilami, the secret of the sarcophagus, a French Donkey Kong like!

Remember the 90s when platform games were the rule on consoles. Most of those created in France came from the publisher and developer Infogrames and featured characters from the Franco-Belgian comic strip. These most popular titles produced in France have often left lasting memories for players, but not always for the right reasons. At the end of 2021, a wind of nostalgia blew with the successive releases of “The Smurfs Mission Malfeuille” and “Asterix & Obelix slap them all!” Marsupilami has also pointed the tip of his tail, with this third game published by Microids in the space of two months.

Screenplay from the 90s

Platform games have never shone with their history serving only for gameplay, Marsupilami is no exception to the rule. The scenario is nonexistent. Punch, Twister and Hope release a skeleton mummy which casts a curse on all the animals of Palombia and the three marsupials therefore set off in pursuit of him in 3 worlds made up of ten levels each sometimes housing bonus zones, an alternative level and concluded with a boss fight.

Marsupilami, available on Switch to the delight of the youngest

Marsupilami, available on Switch to the delight of the youngest
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Copiey, Collie, donkey!

The title does not hide its inspirations. Those of Rayman and Donkey Kong are obvious. Jump, charged attack, roll, walljump, everything has already been seen and reviewed with three playable characters whose gameplay is identical. To complete the game 100%, you will need to find the 89 game feathers hidden in the levels. Regulars of the genre will have no trouble finding them.

Tropical forest atmosphere

Tropical forest atmosphere
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You will never be surprised by the deceit of the developers, or even by the non-existent aggressiveness of the enemies.

Donkey Kong like French !!

Donkey Kong like French !!
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The challenge being almost nonexistent, the lives being collected by “packet of ten”, you will easily reach the last two levels of the adventure which finally go up a notch in intensity. One is optional, the other constitutes the final boss fight of a satisfying adventure but which does not shine by its originality.

Chests full of fruit

Chests full of fruit
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Nice, but … technically variable

Developed by the Ocellus studio in Lyon, the title running on Unity is successful but struggles to visually renew itself despite the work in the background. The first two worlds resemble each other while the last is sorely lacking in inspiration.

The difficulty intensifies slightly at the end of the adventure

The difficulty intensifies slightly at the end of the adventure
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On Switch in docked mode, the title undergoes some slight drops in framerate visible but never penalizing.

A world map that has only three levels

A world map that has only three levels
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A team with potential

Intended for lovers of Franquin or young players new to video games, “The Secret of the Sarcophagus” is a visual and gameplay success.

Rayman Legends inspired boss fights

Rayman Legends inspired boss fights
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It demonstrates the studio’s potential which could gain notoriety with a more ambitious project aimed at a more demanding audience. While waiting for 30 € and the target audience, there is no deception on the merchandise.

There are only two cutscenes during the adventure, it's a shame

There are only two cutscenes during the adventure, it’s a shame
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To know :

► Release: 16/11/2021
► Platforms: Multisupport
► Genre: Platform
► Age: From 7 years old

Toucans are the same as Donkey Kong barrels

Toucans are the same as Donkey Kong barrels
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WE love :

► Successful gameplay
► Top for the youngest
► Fairly successful visually

Some areas are hidden

Some areas are hidden
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We regret:

► Too short
► No 2 player mode
► Too easy
► Framerate drops (docked on Switch)

100% on this level!

100% on this level!
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