Spring 2020 isn’t off to a great start, and what we all need the most is a gentle, calming, heartwarming game about farming, meeting quirky characters, and making the world a better place. Enter Summer in Mara.

After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, Summer in Mara, which has recently appeared on the Nintendo Indie World showcase, will become to warm up our days very, very soon.

Summer in Mara takes us to the archipelago of Mara, where a little girl names Koa lives with her foster grandmother Yaya.

Despite her age, Yaya lets Koa to freely roam around the island as she takes care of it. There’s only one exception – stay away from the mysterious door. After an equally mysterious group known as Elit arrives in the archipelago to ravage it for profit, it comes down to Koa to keep the island and its surroundings safe.

Throughout your adventure, you’ll spend your time taking care of your island and exploring it. Inspired by Stardew Valley, Summer in Mara lets you farm, build fences and craft items as you maintain your island. You will also be able to upgrade your boat, which you can use to travel the seas to reach new islands.

There's a cat too!

Summer in Mara features different islands with many secrets, including a city island and a desert island. The game draws plenty of inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and sailing is bound to be an essential aspect of the gameplay. But unlike Wind Waker, here you can explore what’s under the sea as well. All in all, the game will include over 250 side-quests and more than 20 characters.

I have a good feeling about Summer in Mara. The game was a huge Kickstarter success, with 9,523 backers pledging €233,919 – more than ten times what the developers were asking for. I think we all need a calming and soothing adventure game with farming elements and just chill.

Summer in Mara is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC around May. It will later release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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