It is possible to find good cover here, but this map equally displays open areas, where the player can pose as an easy target if not fully aware of one's surroundings. This map is also fairly dark in contrast, so the atmosphere is usually that of stealth.
This map, along with Castle and Roundhouse, was playable in the Call of Duty: World at War Beta.
If a player spawns and then immediately goes to the hut connected to the bridge and looks at the table below the first window to the left, a fish stabbed onto the table with a Hitler Youth Knife can be seen.
If the player goes by the "temple" in the north part of the map, chimes can be heard as well as a bell left of the temple.
In the patch released on February 26, 2009, a map called Makin Day was a bonus add-on with the patch. It is a daytime version of Makin with a few new features and low tide.
In a patch, the building next to the Marine spawn's ladder has been removed due to camping issues.