Review - My Little Pony: A Maretime Bay Adventure

Gifted: If you have any My Little Pony fans that love gaming then they will love My Little Pony: A Maretime Bay Adventure from Hasbro and Outright Games. It’s out now on Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Xbox. We received a copy of the latest My Little Pony game on Switch to review and found it was full of friendship and magic.

A 6 year old playing My Little Pony game on Nintendo Switch
The latest console game from My Little Pony

The Story of My Little Pony: A Maretime Bay Adventure

The main game tells a story of Maretime Bay where Earth Ponies, Unicorns and Pegasi live happily side by side in a world full of magic. Not everyone is happy about this though and on the day of the Maretime Bay Day Festival someone is causing trouble by damaging posters, letting rabbits free and causing unrest, but who and why? As the ponies fallout the magic starts to fail, but maybe that was the plan all along? 

In the game you take on the role of Earth Pony Sunny Starscout who helps investigate the mystery while solving various problems and earning her wings. 

Game Play

We played the game on our Nintendo Switch console in handheld mode, at this size the animation is nice and clear and it was easy enough to move the characters. There are times, like to jump, where you need to move the joystick at the same time as pressing a button and this control was a bit tricky for my younger children (but they have the same issue in other games we have too).

In between activities there are small sections of narration, which are just the right length to be interesting and develop a story without slowing it all down.

I completed the main game in one evening so there isn’t lots to it, but even after completing it you can go back to collect any of the bits you have missed and try on new outfits you have collected. There are also five minigames which you can play as different characters (these were my favourite bits anyway). One of the nice things about the minigames (and the game overall) is that the character doesn't die if you don't do it right, you just get more or less points which made my 6 year old happy.

A close up of a nintendo switch with the menu option showing on the My Little Pony A Maretime Bay Adventure Game showing

What Age is My Little Pony: A Maretime Bay Adventure Suitable For?

The game is suitable for children age 3 and up and how easy they find it to play will depend on their experience using the controls. My 3 year old enjoyed watching it, but couldn’t successfully complete tasks, my 6 year old managed some bits, but found others pretty tough and my 10 year old could play it easily, while still finding some of the games challenging enough to make it interesting. 

Playing a mini game in My Little Pony on Nintendo Switch received to review

Multi-Player Option

While the main game can only be played by one player at a time, you can choose multi-player mode for the mini games and have two people playing at a time.  

Review - What We Thought Of My Little Pony: A Maretime Bay Adventure

This game grabbed the interest of all my children (age 3 through to 10). The main game can be completed in a few hours if you have enough skill, but it will take younger children longer. After the main game has been completed it is the mini games that will get most of the focus. This isn’t a game that I can see my children playing for months on end, but it is a well designed game, with an interesting story and good graphics.

If you are playing on a larger screen it would be easier with a one piece controller, rather than the Joy-Con unless you have the comfort grip which converts the Joy-Con into a single controller. My children struggle to coordinate the movements when the controllers are separate.

My Little Pony fans will love this game and even those that aren’t will want to have a play. 

The Switch version is currently cheapest at Amazon (affiliate link), but the game is widely available including from: Nintendo eShop, Smyths and Argos.

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