Over the past few days, I’ve been hooked on a little game called Moonlighter. Released by indie publisher 11 bit studios and developed by Digital Sun, Moonlighter is a retro styled action RPG that hearkens back to the days of the original The Legend of Zelda and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. While Moonlighter is graphically much better, it features the familiar top-down view at a 3/4 perspective that made past adventure RPG games so memorable.
Moonlighter thrusts players into the ambitious role of Will – shopkeeper by day, adventurer by night – as he endeavors to reinvigorate the village of Rynoka. Face off against fearsome bosses, collect your treasures, and master the fine art of being a successful merchant in Moonlighter! Moonlighter features rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of the aforementioned Will, Rynoka’s ambitious shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero.
I’ll start this off by saying the Moonlighter is a departure from most games I’ve been playing lately. While I’ve been enjoying games that make the most of the PS4’s power, it’s a nice change of pace to be able to play something that’s more retro and slower paced. I had forgotten just how fun these old school action RPG’s can be as well as how much they can suck you in and eat up your free time.
Gameplay wise, this plays like classic RPS’s. It’s everything you expect from a game like this. Talk to towns folk. Travel to dungeons. Explore dungeons. Kill enemies. Collect loot and materials. Craft items. Sell items. Rinse and repeat. On top of that, learn about the whole backstory and figure out how you yourself can become legend. That’s pretty much the perfect formula for an RPG.
While Moonlighter features the same type of gameplay and top-down style of those classic RPG’s, it doesn’t quite share the look. You see, the graphics are leagues better than anything you would have found back then while still having that retro feel. I honestly love the art style and love how vibrant all the colors are with the environments along with all the character designs. Even the UI looks really nice.
From what I’ve played so far, Moonlighter is really fun and addictive. Most of what I’ve been concentrating on is just collecting material, making money, and trying to craft better armor and weapons for myself. I haven’t even hit the first boss yet so I have no idea what that’s going to be like. Hopefully it’s something epic. I really don’t want to be disappointed with this game as it’s been really good so far.
With that said, anyone else out there pick up Moonlighter or thinking of it? Let me know in the comments below.
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