- System: PSVR, PC
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Developer: Polyarc
- Release Date: June 12, 2018
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Puzzle
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.polyarcgames.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Moss isn’t a very complicated PSVR game to explain. Players assume the role of a strange floating being—that looks like No Face from Spirited Away—as they help a young mouse named Quill. After finding a strange shard, Quill learns that her destiny has become dangerous when her uncle runs off to face a deadly enemy alone to keep her safe. Quill, wanting to prove she can be a hero, goes off with the being—which is you, by the way—and attempts a rescue mission for her uncle all while saving the day from an evil beast. Moss isn’t very unique in terms of the story presented, but the charm of Quill and her interaction with you and the world she’s in makes for a pleasant setting and one you’re going to fall in love with.
Usually, we here at Honey’s Anime don’t start our reviews by talking about graphics—as we firmly believe graphics aren’t everything in a game—but Moss’ graphics need to be discussed. The moment you enter the world of Quill you will be blown away by Moss’ amazing setting, wonderful visuals and breathtaking level of detail, especially for a PSVR game. Quill looks so adorable and fluffy that we smiled widely—or at least, we were told we were—while guiding her through dark castle-like buildings and lush forest settings. Every area in Moss looked amazing and felt like it could be a movie we were watching more than a PSVR game. Moss easily might be the best PSVR game we’ve seen in the fantasy category and it’s one of the strongest elements to the game as a whole.
Now, while visuals for Moss are amazing, the gameplay is also what matters, especially for a PSVR game. Luckily, Moss plays quite well if not a little simply. Players have two main roles in Moss. One is to guide Quill using the controller and defeat enemies that pop up as well as do some minor platforming. The other role in Moss is playing as the No Face-like being where you will use the motion control of the controller to open doors for Quill, save her if her health begins to run low and solve puzzles within Quill’s world. Both elements control great and while the puzzle/action sequences of Moss might be too simple, this is a game made for all ages so we can forgive the simplicity.
If Moss has one weakness, and we mean its biggest flaw, it would be the game length. Moss can easily be beaten in 2 hours and that is even with us occasionally dying, trying to figure out a puzzle and looking for collectibles. We are used to most PSVR games—or any VR games for that matter—being on the short side, but Moss’ quick playtime hurt the experience because we could easily spend dozens of hours fighting alongside Quill and helping her overcome numerous other challenges. Maybe some extra enemies or puzzle types could have extended the lifespan of Moss but equally this is trying to be a short narrative at the end of the day. If Moss would have last 5-6 hours, the game could have become repetitive and tiresome so we do semi understand why it wasn’t made to be extremely long.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Stunning VR graphics
- Simple gameplay for all ages
- Fairy tale story is cute and adorable from start to finish
- Intuitive use of VR controls for puzzles and exploration
- Very short experience
- Can be a bit too easy