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Moon

Rating Summary

Based on 14 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

93%

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchAug 27, 2020

Developer: Onion Games

Publisher: Onion Games

Genres: Adventure, RPG

In 1997, the now legendary anti-RPG “moon” launched in Japan. Now, under the watchful eye of its original creators, it's finally in English! Have you ever felt it odd that the heroes of RPGs go around opening villagers' closets and stealing from them? Or that they travel the world indiscriminately killing all monsters they meet? This game looks at the RPGs we all know and love from a new perspective. STORY One moon-lit night, a young boy is sucked into the depths of his television set. He falls into a place called 'Moon World', and thus begins a search for love in order to recover the lost moonlight. Here, the mighty hero of Moon World murders innocent animals for experience, but the boy's growth comes from saving the souls of the animals and gathering the love in the world. Yes, in this game, you level up by loving, not fighting. The inhabitants of this world are all unique. Observe their daily lives and learn where they hide their secret love. "Now, please, open the door!" - An RPG without combat! - Gather love to level up! - Characters with their own lives and routines! - Save the spirits of the murdered monsters: soul catch! - Choose your own music with the Moon Disc system!

Moon Critic Reviews

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Moon's surreal world, fascinating characters, and subversive story make for a cult classic well worth thoroughly exploring on Switch.

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Every time Moon would lose me with its constant waiting around or head-scratching puzzle solutions, it would win me back with its humor, characters, writing, and music. This is a game that exudes joy, and while I wasn't always having fun playing it, I am grateful that I at least got the chance to experience it.

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Moon may look dated and its mechanics and puzzles can be obtuse as hell compared to what you might expect in 2020. Stick with it however and it's one of the most charming and unusual RPGs you can play that's just as influential and relevant as ever.

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Whether or not Moon is for you ultimately depends upon your tolerance level for aspects of late '90s game design and your overall interest in the RPG genre. As a standalone product, Moon has plenty of amusing commentary about RPGs, but much of this is likely to be lost on those who don't much care for them.

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MOON is coming to Nintendo Switch on August 27th, 2020!

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