Percentile Rank

Moons of Madness is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 63 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

25%

Critics Recommend

Based on 63 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Echo Boomer
Mixed
Mixed
Mar 30, 2020

This story driven game inspired in the works of H.P. Lovecraft falls into to many tropes to stand on its own.

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Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 24, 2020

Funcom brings to us this horror adventure that reminds SOMA but it's not alike it. An unoriginal story and simple puzzles. Good overall game but its mark is discreet

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Scored Reviews

The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2020

Thoughtful survival-based mechanics paired with some deeply unsettling Lovecraftian horror make Moons of Madness a must-have for fans of scary video games.

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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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RedTieGuy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2019
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GamePitt
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2020

Moons of Madness perfectly balanced the various gameplay mechanics to create a creepy, cryptic exploration-adventure horror game. The audio and visual quality helps immerse you within the dark fantastical world the developers have created, making you feel like you’re all alone, isolated from everyone around you other than the nightmares which live within your head. The story is engaging, the scares will make you jump, and the puzzles are fun to solve, what more could you want from a Lovecraft-themed horror game set on Mars?

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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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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 24, 2020

It won’t revolutionise either the horror or walking simulator genre, but it’s a strong entry nonetheless.

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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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Area Xbox
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2020

Moons of Madness, as an adventure game, as a walking simulator and as a thriller Sci Fy is a fabulous game that you will enjoy from start to finish. As a horror game it is quite weak and mediocre. Too bad it's been touted as a game where you'll feel the horror of space. But it is curious that failing in this they have made a quite interesting game in another way. Graphically and soundly this game is not wasted. Most of the time you are amazed at the quality of details that it has in terms of visuals and sound.

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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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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 24, 2020

Moons of Madness is a welcome addition to the wider Lovecraftian catalogue, and its cosmic aspects really get to the heart of the mythos' insanity. While there are annoying moments when the developers see fit to include some of the worst excesses of modern horror games, the quality of the writing and the atmosphere is enough to justify seeing things through to a conclusion that is as epic as it is satisfying. This is one trip to insanity that you shouldn't pass up.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

An unsettling and beautiful experience, with a pace that's just too slow. If you can get past the walls of text and all too familiar puzzles though, Moons of Madness is good for a few scares.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Mar 24, 2020

Moons of Madness plays more like a cinematic experience than an actual game. Its immersion visually is sublime, and though objects are intuitively interactive, the story lacks the emotional pull needed to match the tone and mood set forth. You will undoubtedly feel as if you are on an alien planet, but that's it. The imbalance of story, gameplay, and interactivity with the enemy becomes apparent the more you play. And with much of the story being told through accessing terminals and listening to banter dialogue, I often felt as if I was no longer interested in what was occurring around me.

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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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PlayStation Universe
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

Moons of Madness is an okay horror game couched within a super science fiction game. While this identity crisis may be a bit off-putting (and there are a few sections of the game that make you wish it would just get on with it), there is some fun to be had with the nice visuals, great writing, and solid puzzles. If there weren't so much Cthulhu, this would have been an even better game.

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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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Just Push Start
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 24, 2020

There really isn't much to say about the Moons of Madness. While it poses itself as a big horror game and that there is a lot to be excited for, it never quite builds off the initial hook. Often times you're stuck dealing with boring scenes that pad gameplay and do such a good job of keeping you guessing, you forget why you were interested, to begin with. For some, it will still be great but for many, it just isn't worth it.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2020

Moons of Madness delivers an intriguing and terrorizing story of Shane Newehart stranded in Mars, where he walks on a thin line between reality and fiction. Once you overlook its shortcomings, the game makes a solid case for itself as one of the best Lovecraftian titles.

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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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Softpedia
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2020

Moons of Madness tries to fit in a genre of experience games like Everybody's Gone to Rapture or What happened to Edith Finch. The potential is there because of the sci-fi setting and the Lovecraftian tale. Unfortunately, Rock Pocket Games did not have the courage to let go of your hand and leave you to explore and discover the world for yourself. They wanted to control the narrative too tightly and also felt the need to introduce some superfluous gameplay elements. As a result Moons of Madness feels like it's trying too hard and trips itself.

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ThisGenGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2020

As a fan of horror games I would recommend you play Moons of Madness at some point if you enjoy the genre.

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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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But Why Tho?
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2020

In the end, Moons of Madness was an interesting game that certainly fed my psychological horror hunger. The game was great at building chilling atmospheres that play with the themes of isolation and paranoia, but small changes to some of the game mechanics would have made this game even better.

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Spaziogames
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2020

The console version of Moons of Madness is not on par with the PC ones on the technical side of things, but it remains a solid narrative based adventure to enjoy.

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Worth Playing
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2020

At the end of the day, if you feel like getting startled and wandering around a horror atmosphere for a few hours, Moons of Madness will serve adequately. The visuals and sounds are well crafted and immersive. Just be aware that the game itself is mainly a walking simulator with a B-movie plot and some minigame puzzles mixed in.

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IGN Spain
6.8 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Top Critic

6.8 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2020

The Lovecraftian narrative and setting of Moons of Madness have tremendous potential that, unfortunately, is not accompanied by gameplay to match.

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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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PlayStation LifeStyle
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2020

I'm not one of those people who wants to jet off into space and attempt to colonize or explore another planet. I've seen the Alien movies. Moons of Madness promised a fictitious version of Mars from the comfort of home, with all of the suspense and jump-scares a girl could want, but unfortunately fails to deliver. As much as I wanted this horror fantasy, I can't bring myself to go back to Mars. My patience has worn thin. Every time I hover over the graphic on my PS4 I audibly groan. Perhaps I'll find the energy to return to it at some point, but much like the game itself, I'm not in a rush.

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GBAtemp
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2020

Moons of Madness promises a lot but only delivers a rather intriguingly beautiful yet trudging cosmic horror title which is ultimately a disappointingly forgettable experience. With just 8 or so hours of gameplay, it somehow feels incredibly short yet overly drawn out due to woefully slow pacing.

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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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LevelUp
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 4, 2020

Moons of Madness is a game whose parts do not end up integrating. The proposal is not bad and it has interesting moments that will provoke the worst of fears, however, its failures and limitations end up acting against it.

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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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Digital Chumps
6.3 / 10.0
6.3 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

Moons of Madness suffers from itself in many ways.

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COGconnected
60 / 100
60 / 100
Mar 27, 2020

It’s just too bad that, for what Moons promises, it so rarely delivers.

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Impulsegamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Apr 25, 2020

Moons of Madness is a concept that unfortunately missed that Elder God spot!

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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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Digitally Downloaded
Mar 25, 2020

It's not that Moons of Madness is without merit, but it does come across as a game where the development team never quite reached creative cohesion and weren't able to quite work out what they wanted to achieve with this game.

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BaziCenter
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 3, 2020

Moons of Madness tries to offer a Lovecraft-style experience, and although it shows potential here and there, it doesn't feel like a complete package. The future seems brighter for the Norwegian studio Rock Pocket Games, and Moons of Madness, despite its shortcomings, is still a good game that can entertain the fans of the genre for a few hours.

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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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Game Freaks 365
Mar 31, 2020

Even with the stage properly set, Moons of Madness ultimately fails to reel you in and demand your attention. It has a pretty high production value, and the setting is interesting. However, I never felt any sort of attachment to the main character and ultimately cared more about the otherworldly environment.

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Geeks Under Grace
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2020

If you're looking for a good horror experience, you'd be better served looking beyond Moons of Madness.

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ZTGD
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jun 9, 2020

In the end, I think Moons of Madness is an ok game that could have used a little more fine tuning with both the story and the horror/survival mechanics.

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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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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 27, 2020

There is something engaging here, but it’s marred by weak scares and, less forgivably, dull as dishwater gameplay.

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VGChartz
5 / 10
5 / 10
Apr 4, 2020

Moons of Madness demonstrates adaptation mismanagement of Lovecraft’s method to leave you haunted by his story’s horrific implications.

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Windows Central
Mar 31, 2020

Lovecraft fans will have to look elsewhere. While Moons of Madness has some exciting ideas and goes a long way on its premise alone, the story is too dense, and the gameplay is too simple to make it worth your time... unless you need to kill five hours.

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Screen Rant
Mar 30, 2020

It is boring and relies too heavily on sci-fi tropes.

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cublikefoot
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
May 20, 2020
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Gameblog
3 / 10
3 / 10
May 21, 2020

If the atmosphere of Moons of Madness is rather well posed successful through its story and its compartmentalized environments, borrows paranoia any Lovecraftian in Martian confinement, difficult not to go around in circles quickly, the fault of a relative monotony in the course disappointing or agreed history and puzzles.

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