The Mooseman Reviews
The Mooseman is a unique, significant, and often beautiful indie game that proves there's room in the video game space for all kinds of different experiences. There's every chance you won't have heard of the Perm region of Russia or its pagan mythology, but this is a game that places you within its traditions and iconography with sympathetic artistry.
As a game, The Mooseman falters, but its atmosphere, tone, and storytelling all take huge strides to make up for the lacklustre gameplay. All-in-all, it's certainly not bad, and I don't feel guilty recommending it.
The Mooseman is a game that feels like it accomplishes what it sets out to do, for the most part.
If you're the type to burn through the Louvre in an hour and wait for your companions in the cafe, The Mooseman may well try your patience. If you're more inclined to wander around with an audio guide, reading every accompanying plaque and information card, you'll likely enjoy its sedate pace, workaday puzzles and catalogue of artefacts. A clumsy UI seriously hampers the experience but, if you're willing to work around the irritations at its core, it offers an interesting, sometimes beautiful journey.
Overall, The Mooseman is a wonderfully crafted adventure puzzle game that has stunning music and visuals. It's apparent that Morteshka put a lot of research, time, and care into the game. While it may seem too short to some, I feel that it is the perfect length to explore these myths of old. I found The Mooseman to be a work of art and an ingenious way to explore a tale that was woven in perfectly with the game's different puzzles.
The Mooseman is an interesting experience for patient players. It doesn't pose a challenge, but offers a chance to learn about another culture's mythology – and all of this with really great soundtrack.
Review in Polish | Read full review
A parallax scrolling edutainment title, heavy on interesting lore but light on engaging gameplay.
At only 7 dollars, The Mooseman can be a very entertaining experience, specially if you are a fan of Limbo or Inside.
Review in Persian | Read full review
The Mooseman is a different and new experience in the world of video games. The great atmosphere of the game, drown us for several hours in Russian old stories and myths. Music, sound, art style and visual design are all masterpieces. Perhaps, if the game was a bit longer and the gameplay had more elements and features, the final value of the game would be more, but yet, The Mooseman is highly recommended to people who are interested in puzzle adventure games with unique atmosphere, amazing art style and also ancient myths.
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The Mooseman feels like a set of cave paintings that have come to life
If you are a person interested in history and mythology, you will find good entertainment in The Mooseman, as the purpose of the game is to pay homage and spread throughout the world the interesting folklore present in the Russian Indian tribes. It is admirable all the affection and effort put by the developers to create such a work of art. Despite this, its poor gameplay, lack of challenge and short duration certainly can ward off casual players.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
The Mooseman is very brief (but cheap) game that somehow seems aimed at achievement hunters. You could easily 100% complete this for 1000G in one hour if you know where to go and I expect most of the perceived value to come from this aspect. The gameplay was too boring and repetitive for my sake but an interesting visual style and a haunting soundtrack manage to save the title in the end.
Short, minimalist and endearing game
The Mooseman was a beautiful adventure that gave me an appreciation for a culture I had never been aware of before. The art and story told through The Mooseman kept me extremely engaged for my relatively short time with the game. Overall, The Mooseman is a game that offers a fun puzzle mechanic wrapped in a pleasing package.
Focusing on its strengths makes a huge difference, as it turns out, and there are a handful of miscellaneous elements that only serve to elevate it further despite one or two minor issues that take a little getting used to. Overall, The Mooseman is a great experience that’s artsy without coming across as pretentious, unfamiliar without becoming overcomplicated and confusing the player, and easy to pick up without sacrificing a number of optional challenges for those looking to obsess over hidden collectibles.
Those who invest the time and effort into The Mooseman will find a deep narrative adventure.
The Mooseman is a thought-provoking insight into the myths of old, with flourishing environments, entrancing soundtracks and visually stunning set design, The Mooseman is a trip into the past that you don’t want to miss.
While not really considered a game per traditional sense, The Mooseman is still a great educational experience that will introduce you to the myth of the ancient Chud tribes.
A unique and artful celebration of Russian folklore.
The Mooseman is a game which you can not afford to miss if you are into long forgotten gods and spirits, ancient myths and some weird history.