Story of Summer in Mara revolves around a small kid that lives happily with her grandmother until an evil corporation looking to explore the ocean threatens the safety of Mara. The gameplay is mainly divided into two sections; farming and adventuring.
Farming takes place on your island. You can expand every new day doing a lot of different activities such as fishing in several fishing spots, crafting new tools or materials, mining different types of minerals or you know… FARMING. As you do these activities your stamina depletes and Koa grows hungry. You can recover your stamina and hunger levels by eating some of the ingredients that you harvest or combine them into a new recipe.
The adventure in part of the game takes place outside of your own island. You can jump into your boat and start sailing and exploring to discover new islands with new activities to do. There is ofcourse the main quest to complete and advance through story as well as a huge amount of different side quests that are provided by other NPC’s you run into. You can also trade with most of them and buy useful items or sell your own harvested goods.
As you progress in this story and in other quests you gain access to new upgraded tools that allow you to harvest items you couldn’t before and do new things like spend your farming area. You may also unlock new activities to do on your Island like raising pigs or chickens. In general we enjoyed our time with Summer in Mara, it combines well farming and adventuring. It has very unique characters and you can even pet the animals.
Game does require potion in certain aspects and better guidance for the player. Even though we really enjoyed farming, aspect of it we didn’t like that venture inside as much for several reasons. Mainly because quests can become really tedious and most involve going back and forth from your Island again and again which as you can imagine isn’t super fun, but regardless of that it still offers a very colorful and chill atmosphere that I’m sure can be enjoyed by anyone.
SHORT-SUMMARY in Mara
Summer in Mara has an incredibly strong narrative with character art and light music that only strengthens it. It’s youthful and vibrant, but it also has more somber notes that aren’t always found in farming sims. The only downside is that music and a character driven plot aren’t enough to get through all the tedious parts.