secret-maryo
Metacritic: N/A
Release: Jan 2003
Reviewed on: PC

Secret Maryo Chronicles

Site Score
7.5
Good: New power ups – Great level designs – Level editor
Bad: Some small crashes and game issues – Lacks polish
User Score
7.8
(5 votes)
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Secret Maryo Chronicles brings the Mario formula to the open source arena with a project started back in 2003. Playable on Windows, Mac and Linux the variety of this project now extends far beyond Mario inspired game mechanics.

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With much love poured into the experience Secret Maryo Chronicles is a great 2D platform title with all the elements of Super Mario Brothers. What Secret Maryo Chronicles offers above and beyond though is new enemies, a few extra moves for the main character and a whole host of new power ups to help you dispatch the deadly enemies.

The majority of these enhancements have come from the community which although not as active in the present day still lives on through the forums and changelog history. Players without coding or other skills can still contribute with the available level editor which is fairly straight forward to use.

Actual core gameplay is most comparable to Super Mario World with an overworld that moves players between levels. Playing as Maryo, a young kid that looks similar in design to Mario.

Each levels objective has you attempting to reach the far right side of the map to advance forward. Level design is one of the great elements of Secret Maryo Chronicles with challenging layouts to explore. In your way are familiar looking enemies such as turtles, brown furballs, plants that hide in pipes and many others.

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To even the odds you’ve got familiar items like red mushrooms to grow in size and the fire plant to add fire balls. While new items include ice mushrooms and ghost mushrooms to alter Maryo’s abilities.

The free and open source nature of Secret Maryo Chronicles does come with its price though with the odd game crash or issues but these don’t degrade the experience and are well worth it for the rest of the experience.

Summary:

  • Play as Maryo in a Mario themed world.
  • Encounter recognisable enemies and many new ones.
  • Rely on trusty mushrooms for power boosts.
  • Use the level editor to create all new levels.
  • Free and open source for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Secret Maryo Chronicles, 7.8 out of 10 based on 5 ratings
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