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[Nintendo Switch] Marsupilami: Hoobadventure Review

[Nintendo Switch] Marsupilami: Hoobadventure Review
  • On December 21, 2021

Marsupilami: Hoobadventure from Microids and Ocellus Studio is a 2D platformer based on the animated series. Check our Marsupilami: Hoobadventure review!


Marsupilami: Hoobadventure from Microids and Ocellus Studio is a 2D platformer based on the animated series. It’s a French-Belgian cartoon based on the comics from André Franquin. You’ll be playing as Punch, Twister, and Hope, the three Marsupilamis that live in Palombia. They all control the same and have the same abilities, so it’s up to you to pick your favorite character for this adventure. It’s a game that pays homage to 2D platformers of ages past, with the Donkey Kong Country series being the one that sticks out the most.

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As for the game’s story, one day, what seems to be an ancient relic washes up to shore, and one of the characters decides it would be a good idea to poke at it non-stop. After this, an evil ghost entity is released, which starts to wreak havoc over the island with its magical powers. It ends up controlling all of the animals on the island by way of a terrible curse, so it’s now up to you to fix things before it’s too late!


The game is split into three worlds, and you can check your overall progress at any time from the menu so that you can see how far along you’ve come. Marsupilami can be played in one of three difficulty settings. For Easy, your character is immune to attacks from enemies or traps. Normal is the standard difficulty setting, for which you’ll have three hearts before you lose a life. For Hard, you’ll only have two hearts, which means that you can only make one mistake before you lose a life.

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You can move your Marsupilami with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the B button. You can also wall jump by hugging a wall and then jumping with the B button. The Y button is used for hitting enemies with your tail that is rolled up into a punch of sort. You can also roll around the ground by pressing and holding down the Y button. Your character’s tail can also be used for grabbing onto hoops or to grab toucans that will, depending on their color, spit you out when you press the B button or spit you out automatically – another nod to the Donkey Kong Country franchise. The ZR button is for a special spin attack that will send your character downwards like a drill. You can use your character’s tail to grab onto special rings that will allow you to jump again after grabbing onto them.


Levels will have checkpoints that will save your progress up to that point. This is important since you’ll have three hearts to lose before you have to restart from the last checkpoint you activated. Activating a checkpoint will also save how many collectibles you’ve grabbed up to that point. Each of the more than 20 levels that you’ll explore has five feathers for you to collect, so if you want to 100% the game, you will need to search everywhere! You can also win tickets in the levels by completing special mini-games, for which you’ll have to go through several rings that will pop up on the screen before the countdown reaches zero. These areas can also hide huge treasure chests that will contain a bunch of fruit.

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When you’re damaged, you’ll lose a heart. You should keep an eye out for the boxes or containers that have hearts coming out of them because this means that when you break them with your tail attack, roll attack, or the spin attack. Break them, and you’ll get a fish you can eat to recover one of your lost hearts. If you find a golden fish, then you will instantly get an extra life. There’s a lot of fruit to collect in each stage. As expected, if you manage to collect 100 pieces of fruit, you’ll gain an extra life.


After beating a stage, you will unlock the speedrun option for it so that you can try to beat the level as fast as possible within the specified time limit. As you play, you’ll also get a chance to complete the many in-game achievements that the game has to offer. There are achievements for completing each of the levels in the game, for collecting your first feather, for discovering your first secret area, for taking on a level in the speedrun mode, or for spending tickets to unlock some bonus levels. There are 51 achievements in total, so there’s a lot to do during your time with Marsupilami. There’s also a Gallery section you can review from the menu. In there, you can check all of the concept art, 3D art, and music you’ve unlocked. There are 30 pieces of concept art, 21 pieces of 3D art, and 27 music pieces to unlock!

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Marsupilami: Hoobadventure is a colorful and fun all-ages 2D platformer based on the French-Belgian cartoon series of the same name. It pays homage to classic games in the genre, drawing some special inspiration from the beloved Donkey Kong Country series. With more than 20 levels to beat, an in-game achievements system with 51 achievements to unlock, hidden areas with treasure chests and mini-games, and bonus levels to unlock, this is an easy one to recommend. Marsupilami: Hoobadventure is out on Nintendo Switch with a $29.99 price.

This Marsupilami: Hoobadventure review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Microids.

Review Overview

Colorful and fun all-ages 2D platformer that pays homage to the Donkey Kong Country series