Percentile Rank

Moons of Madness is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 28 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

32%

Critics Recommend

Based on 28 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

MonsterVine
Oct 28, 2019

Do you enjoy slower-paced, puzzle-driven horror games? Does the phrase “Lovecraftian horror on Mars” get your attention? If either or both of these is true, Moons of Madness is a horror game you shouldn’t miss.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

Moons of Madness is the best of the recent rash of Lovecraft games. It isn't as dark or atmospheric as some of its macabre competitors, but it's well-crafted, nicely varied, and builds to a satisfying, pulse-pounding crescendo. If you don't mind your Lovecraft with a touch of Michael Bay, don't hesitate to blast off for the Moons of Madness.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

Inconsistent voice acting aside, Moons of Madness nails the eldritch ambiance and unmitigated madness that its Lovecraftian influence deserves.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2019

Moons of Madness is a wonderfully chilling outing that blends horror and sci-fi to excellent effect, delivering a palpable sense of dread. Most pleasingly, it channels the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft without yelling “CTHULHU!” in your ear every five minutes.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

Good cosmic horror mix of Lovecraft, and The Secret World universe on Mars.

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Thumb Culture
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

I must say I enjoyed Moons of Madness quite a bit and I thought the length time of 6-8 hours was decent for the price. It wasn’t that scary to be honest, and there were times where the game would try and scare you with something, but I didn’t have my view on whatever it was, so would often miss these things. I only realised this when I watched someone else play through the game. The interactions between characters on the radio is really well done, keeps the story interesting and progressive throughout. Moons of Madness was very easy to play, with no real combat and with just the puzzles that really took a little time to complete, but I liked it a lot. My favourite part was the eerie atmosphere of Mars, always fascinates me what could be out their beyond our planet, and to have a little experience of what that could be in game form, it scares me more. As your character Shane at one point during the game says, “Mars sucks”….yes, yes it does Shane. I am awarding Moons of Madness the Thumb Culture Gold Award!

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 23, 2019

Moons of Madness may be light on scares, but the great use of its setting and very strong storytelling make for a compelling narrative-driven experience.

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Spaziogames
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2019

Moons of Madness is a solid cosmic horror that knows how to tell a compelling story and promote well designed puzzles.

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The Games Machine
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2019

Moons of Madness manages to balance the stylistic elements of the walking simulator with some different game mechanics and its puzzles. Rock Pocket Games has handled the available Lovecraftian material as it should, setting up an adventure that can easily walk alone with dignity.

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Bazimag
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2019

It may not be as good a cosmic horror as you expect it be but as a space adventure it's quite something.

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3DNews
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2019

Well-made adventure that strives to be more than just average walking simulator.

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COGconnected
72 / 100
72 / 100
Oct 31, 2019

Though Moons of Madness isn’t the first game to do so and it likely won’t be the last, it’s a survival horror experience that succeeding in giving a grown man nightmares, which is something a zombie game just can’t do.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 27, 2019

Moons of Madness is a pleasant and very beautiful adventure with nice puzzles and a well-written story, which includes references to the films "The Martian" or "Prometheus", and the legacy of the cult author. It is a pity that the oppressive atmosphere of sticky nightmare and horror failed because of not impressive monsters. Otherwise, if you are a fan of this format of games, it is definitely worth a try.

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Critical Hit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2019

Moons of Madness is an engaging and atmospheric effort that feels like a Love(craftian) child of Half-Life and Dead Space. You'll be playing more for the cerebral rewards than the scares, though. Despite its seamless merger of cosmic horror and credible sci-fi, the game doesn't quite match its potential in the consistent emotional intensity of its execution. Plus, the ending feels rushed.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Oct 29, 2019

Still, there is a lot here to recommend. Moons of Madness delivers, and like the best horror experiences doesn’t outstay its welcome, or let you become too comfortable with your surroundings.

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SelectButton
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 18, 2019

A Lovecraftian horror title, Moons of Madness, is tense, and at times genuinely frightening. It does focus a bit too much on basic puzzle-solving. I did enjoy the stunningly haunting and interactive environments that you find yourself in. What other game allows you to escape from Lovecraftian cosmic horrors, and then proceed to pick up and fill a mug with coffee?

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Impulsegamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jan 16, 2020

"Lovecraftian" horror that doesn't quite stick the tentacled landing.

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GameSkinny
Oct 25, 2019

While very linear and completely devoid of replayability, Moons of Madness scratches that Lovecraft itch, melding science fiction and horror together extremely well.

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Cultured Vultures
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2019

Even if the puzzle density and technical issues may drive you to madness, this cosmic horror still has something unique to offer.

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Darkstation
Oct 30, 2019

The problem with all puzzle games is that they are almost always a single-play through experience, so that initial run has to be the memorable one. Moons of Madness has some jump scares and other surprises, but its biggest draw might be that it takes Lovecraftian elements into a wholly new environment and replaces combat with exploration, puzzles and a slow-growing sense of confusion and dread.

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33bits
70 / 100
70 / 100
Nov 21, 2019

Moons of Madness brings us Lovecraftian terror on Mars, a curious combination that works very well, and that will delight fans of the genre. The first-person adventure lacks exploration and is forced to a linearity that will subtract tension from the action, something unhealthy for a horror game. In spite of this we will live some moments of nightmare, a good story, and a very well achieved atmosphere that will invite us to continue until the end.

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AusGamers
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2019

In this regard the horror aspects of Moons of Madness lie squarely within the realm of forces outside of both human control and understanding.

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Oyungezer Online
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2019

Moons of Madness tries to fit too many different ideas into a single game and that's the exact reason why this game is just average; not too scary, not too fun. Still, a nice alternative for those who like Lovecraft mythos.

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New Game Network
64 / 100
64 / 100
Oct 29, 2019

Moons of Madness needed to cut away all of the extra ideas on the periphery and figure out what it's about. There are so many themes and concepts shoved into the adventure that they sprawl all over each other, taking up time and space, and failing to scare anyone.

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TrueGaming
6 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2019

Moons of Madness is a good interactive, adventure game but the story wasn't explained in the best way possible, and there are technical issues.

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NoobFeed
60 / 100
60 / 100
Oct 29, 2019

Moons of Madness makes you feel like you're on Mars but fails as a horror game.

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GameSpace
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2019

Moons of Madness capitalizes on the Lovecraftian principles that made The Secret World such a great game. Unfortunately, the game play itself can feel tedious, and overly detailed in all the wrong ways.

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IGN
5 / 10.0
IGN
Matt Kim

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2019

Moons of Madness has a cinematic flair to its Lovecraftian horror, but the chore-like gameplay does nothing but get in the way of that.

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