The Mooseman

Sometimes You, Mikhail Shvachko, Vladimir Beletsky

Fair Man
OpenCritic Rating
71
Top Critic Average
48%
Critics Recommend
Based on 29 critic reviews
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The Mooseman

Rating Summary

Based on 29 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

48%

Critics Recommend

Based on 29 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 18, 2018
Xbox OneJul 18, 2018
PCFeb 17, 2017
Nintendo SwitchJul 18, 2018

Developers: Sometimes You, Mikhail Shvachko, Vladimir Beletsky

Genres: Art, Adventure

You are the Mooseman and you have the ability to see all that is hidden to the mortal eye. You are about to visit three layers of this universe - the first one is the Lower World where the spirits of the dead reside. Welcome to the mysterious world of ancient myth, based on finno-ugric culture of bygone pagan times. Long-long time ago the world was created out of an egg-shell by a god named Yen. In the murky depths of the endless ocean the Lower World was born. The Middle World was made for the men to dwell, and the Upper World was were the ancient gods would reside. Multitudes of spirits dwell among the layers of creation, guarding their secrets in the dark. Embark on a journey through all the worlds of ancient myth, find artefacts of Chud' tribes and solve all the mysteries of finno-ugric tales. • Explore the worlds inspired by Perm animal style • Dive into the deep atmosphere of folk Komi music • Meet long forgotten gods and spirits • Learn the ancient myths of finno-ugric tribes • Don't expect an easy journey, there are riddles in the dark • Unlock new abilities and use them to get to the Upper World • Find all the artefacts that are hidden from the mortal eye
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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.

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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.

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The Mooseman is a game that feels like it accomplishes what it sets out to do, for the most part.

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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.

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