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.
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.
You will never be surprised by the deceit of the developers, or even by the non-existent aggressiveness of the enemies.
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.
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.
On Switch in docked mode, the title undergoes some slight drops in framerate visible but never penalizing.
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.
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.
To know :
► Release: 16/11/2021
► Platforms: Multisupport
► Genre: Platform
► Age: From 7 years old
WE love :
► Successful gameplay
► Top for the youngest
► Fairly successful visually
► Too short
► No 2 player mode
► Too easy
► Framerate drops (docked on Switch)