Moonlighter — money in the morning, evening, monsters. Review
|Publisher||11 bit Studios|
|Minimum requirements||Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66 GHz/AMD A8-5500 3.2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphics card with DirectX 11 support and 1GB of memory, e.g.
|Recommended requirements||Intel Core i5-750S 2.4 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, video card with support for DirectX 11 and 2GB of memory, e.g. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660/AMD Radeon R7 370|
|Release date||May 29, 2018 (PC, PS4, Xbox One), 2018 (Switch)|
|Platform||PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch|
The game was tested on PlayStation 4
Who just became the main hero of a popular “roguelike”: a crying child, who is trying to sacrifice his mother (The Binding of Isaac), it has a variety of shortcomings knights (Rogue Legacy). The creators of the Moonlighter also excelled in their creation, the protagonist is engaged in trade, and the goods he finds in dungeons that bravely protects every night. And replicom game is only half — it is rather action role-playing, which, however, resembles both the above-mentioned project.
The action takes place in the village Rinoka. In the course of excavations, its people have discovered a mysterious gate that lead to other dimensions and attract the attention of brave travellers — still hunt for treasure, sooner or later you will want any adventurer. That dealer will no longer able to restrain himself despite the advice of the elders, he went to the first dungeon and fails, and then eager to go back at least once more.
The dungeon always consists of three floors, and the last of them will meet with the boss. Location each time are randomly generated, and a structure reminiscent of The Binding of Isaac: associated with each other rectangular rooms, divide, indestructible stones and opponents of different types, immediately attacking character. Unlike other games of this kind, there is no drop out of enemies “gold”, just as there are no dealers in these raids you yourself, the seller and the supplier.
But most of the defeated creatures drop materials or other valuable items. That’s only inventory you have is small — there are only twenty cells, some of which is taken about the stock kits. And stuff, you’ll find a lot, including in the chests that open after clearing certain rooms. Fortunately, very soon, will finds a magic mirror in which you can dump unwanted items in exchange for gold. But will give money for this is much less than if you sold the item in the store for a living person.
Attempts to neatly put your things in the backpack are complicated by the fact that found in treasure chests, items often possess negative characteristics. Some of them indicate by the arrow on a neighboring cell and destroy the hosted object. Others must be put solely into the left or bottom of the backpack. There are positive features — there are things like removing curses, or send the item straight to the store. In General, first you score the inventory, then checks all the cells and only then are teleported to the village with all your belongings (for a small fee).
And then the fun begins — you go into a shop and are getting ready to sell produced stuff. At first, the room with the goods is quite small, but it showcases enough to interest buyers. The price of every thing you propose and at first no one clue does not. Whether an empty vessel 100 coins, or it is better to make a thousand? Is this subject such exotic as its name promises, or is it a useless trinket? The longer you play, the harder it is to correctly identify the true cost of your product, as the prices are getting higher.
Get them while you can
Draws this element of gameplay is not a joke — the hero constantly has to run from the counter, where he exchanged money with customers, for Windows, in order to reduce the price. The reaction of the visitors is displayed using emoticons above their heads — if things they can’t afford, they will be sad and leave with empty hands. You can quickly “tweak” a couple of figures and hope that soon will go the other wants. A smile means adequate to the value of the goods, and smiley with coins in the eyes appears, if the price was right and you could earn much more. At such moments, I like a happy grandma finds the hapless shopkeeper complete idiot, sell the rare Tome or the most valuable resource for pennies. And in the shop periodically visited by thieves, who, fortunately, you can quickly choose the stolen item.
To sell too much popular items is not recommended, as in the case of saturation of the market will have to reduce prices. If a particular product weak supply and high demand, the cost can be slightly overstated. Trade Moonlighter paid a lot of attention in the notebook the main character is entered each discovered them a thing, and about each of the painted faces with the prices, so after a successful sale of a material or resource no need to remember how many coins you realized it.
Gold will need a lot, so there’s no point in running to the bosses at the first opportunity — preferably “farm” expensive materials and do all sorts of improvements. It is possible to upgrade your shop by putting in the back and placing more chests in the room for more Windows. Or install a new cash register, miraculously forcing buyers to give will more tips. We also offer beds that increase health or defense after sleep, and stands for selling goods at low prices. Such upgrades are not very many, but they all significantly affect the gameplay, though, and are expensive, so I want to unlock each.
The same can be said about additional merchants: one creates weapons and armor from certain materials, the other can make the potions and improve performance of equipment. There is a merchant, the range of which consists of the same resources that drop in dungeons, but the price he ache quite high. Is the banker to invite, it is necessary to pay a huge amount, but in return, he promises to significantly improve the financial situation will. Local merchants most of all I liked two things. First, all of their products, and improve you can make a list of what you want to see the right resources special icon and accidentally put them in the mirror while traveling. And secondly, there is no need to go back to the house and pull resources to “craft” out of the box helpers see absolutely all your crap.
The strength of mind and
That may be good for not for everyone, so this combat system. It is not bad, but deep it cannot be called. Will can cause damage in only four directions — diagonally, he is not able to beat, although does somersaults in any direction. At first to get used to it was difficult, as in recent months I went through a lot of “roguelike” with greater freedom of action in battle, but the radius of the bumps in the Moonlighter is great, so get used to it pretty quickly.
The weapon the player chooses their own — what is forged at the blacksmith, such a and take. With gloves dealer quickly fight, but needs to be close, and archery can shoot from afar, but then an aggressive “melee” troublesome. There is a short blade with a shield for protection against projectiles and has a large sword with a heavy attack.
As such combinations in the game, but the mobility of the hero and the ability to perform roll make fights dynamic and fun. You can bring two types of weapons and switch between them on the fly. A separate button controls the use of potions, but only if you move them to the appropriate cell in the inventory surrounded by enemies you can’t open it. But at least teleport in case of danger is not obstructed.
Constantly a dilemma: explore the dungeon further and try to find something more valuable than what is already in the backpack, or not to risk it and to go to the village at the first opportunity. Even after a few hours, I have repeatedly chosen the second option — Yes, when you move you lose a few hundred coins, but can earn much more. Fold the right materials in the trunk, to open a shop to sell all the stuff to forge new gear or enchant available — for a small amount several times to improve the performance of armor or weapon. There are no lengthy downloads, and walking from one building to another does not take much time.
The gameplay would not be as entertaining, if not great music and beautiful pixel art. It’s hard not to notice how the melody in the village turns on different instruments — depending on who is talking. In conversation with the enchantress, the music becomes more mysterious, and in the dialogue with the bankers and shopkeepers — a little more joyful and loud. In visual terms too, nothing to complain about — though dungeons and similar to each other, but this is compensated a sufficient amount of detail. Animated the main character is also great (especially in battle), as well as visiting his shop buyers — Moonlighter in such a comfortable atmosphere that even the blankets hiding.
In Moonlighter, you can spend a lot of time and not regret about any minute. Here aren’t upset because of the death in the dungeon — well, I lost the collected items, no problem, happy to try to walk again. After half an hour when you fully understand the game and understand the basics, the game gets harder. It is necessary to improve the village, we need the armor to buy, need all the bosses to win and how you can earn more money. This is one of those games that preferably take place in parallel with someone, to share impressions and to share stories about his adventures. It’s safe to say that the Moonlighter will be called one of the best indie games of the year, especially after the release Switch for a portable platform, it is ideal.
- great visual style;
- pleasant and comfortable atmosphere in the village and in the dungeon;
- very exciting process of sale of the goods;
- gameplay improvements that we really want to get.
- the combat system is not too deep.
|Graphics||Moonlighter looks great, and among the pixel games of the year it can easily be called one of the most atmospheric.|
|Sound||Sometimes in the village spend a lot of time not because of some cases, and longer to listen to the music — so wonderful the soundtrack turned out.|
|Single game||For a few hundred hours the game will not tighten — it is not The Binding of Isaac, though at times Moonlighter her and reminds. But how long will you get to the finals, depends on the level of difficulty. In any case, the time you spend with great pleasure.|
|Overall impression||To be a trader, as it turned out, not so boring — Moonlighter equally interesting and destroy hundreds of monsters, and to set the price they collected trophies. Definitely one of the best indie games of the year.|
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