- System: PS4, PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, MAC
- Publisher: 11 bit studios
- Developer: Digital Sun
- Release Date: May 29, 2018
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Roguelike
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://moonlighterthegame.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Moonlighter has players control Will. By definition, Will isn’t a hero or even a warrior; instead Will is a merchant with dreams of being a hero and being the first to conquer the Gates. This is where Moonlighter fuses multiple genres together in one $19.99 title. You’ll be fighting baddies swinging various weapons like swords, lances, fists and bows—get a bow seriously by the way—earning items to use for more equipment and upgrades. Equally, you’ll be obtaining items to sell in Moonlighter which is simple and fun. Though let’s not get ahead of ourselves and break apart each section of Moonlighter and why both parts are simply amazing.
Action/adventure wise, Moonlighter is about exploring a roguelike series of dungeons via portals called Gates. Each Gate leads to different dungeons that randomize each time you enter. The goal is simple; get to the depths of the dungeon and beat the boss to get further in Moonlighter. However, Moonlighter makes exploring a risk/reward theme where you could just fight your way through and make it to the end—hopefully—or you can keep beating enemies to fill your inventory and go back to the Moonlighter to sell what you have for gold that can be used to gain new weapons, upgrade the town and your own shop. You’ll need to be careful of your greed as dying leads you to lose all your inventory items—though not the ones equipped or in the main part of your inventory—and means you’ll lose possible gold and time. Sometimes you need to just run when you have a lot of items and fight the dungeon later.
Shop keeping is the second element of Moonlighter and while it might seem tough at first, trust us, it’s far from complicated. Initially, your shop can sell four items at a time and it’s up to you to delegate the prices. When you open shop, random NPCs will come in and buy the items or reject them because the prices are too high. You’ll learn from the simple smiling expressions when you’re selling an item at a good—and fair—price or when you’re asking for far too much. Moonlighter also keeps memory of the best prices so when you reinsert the same items into your shop, it will automatically set at the price it last sold at. You also have a compendium which shows what items are worth and when they sell the best. You’ll quickly become a strong shop owner and it will help make your dungeon adventures a bit easier as you can buy items to aid you in your heroic missions.
Finally, let’s talk about the graphic and sound of Moonlighter. In one word, Moonlighter is awesome. Visually, we loved the vibrant colors and lush designs that remind us of older games but in a more modern setting. We also love the soundtrack which makes dungeons and battles really feel like epic affairs. The monster designs are darn impressive too as they might look simple at times but sometimes can be scarier than they look. Moonlighter looks incredible and sounds it too. Seriously, we can’t believe this is an indie title that is how incredible it looks.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Amazing action gameplay with a slew of weapons to choose from
- Adventuring is fun, and risk filled making each attempt in a dungeon worthwhile but also daunting
- Great soundtrack
- Wonderful art style that feels like a fusion of retro and modern design
- Owning a store has never been more fun
- Dungeons always feel different thanks to the random roguelike themes
- Can be a bit tough for those who try to juggle too many responsibilities in game at once