If you’re into games based on other cultures of bygone times, you might want to check out Sometimes You’s latest, The Mooseman. Developed my the team of Vladimir Beletsky and Mikhail Shvachko, The Mooseman is an atmospheric 2D puzzle adventure game based on finno-ugric culture.
A long time ago, the world was created out of an egg-shell by a god named Yen. In the murky depths of the endless ocean the Lower World was born. The Middle World was made for the men to dwell, and the Upper World was were the ancient gods would reside. Multitudes of spirits dwell among the layers of creation, guarding their secrets in the dark. Embark on a journey through all the worlds of ancient myth, find artifacts of Chud’ tribes and solve all the mysteries of finno-ugric tales.
The Mooseman is a side scroller, but not one in which you’re probably used to. It starts off very slowly with you mainly just walking and reading interesting tidbits about the culture. You will eventually reach a point where you begin to see what the game is about. There’s plenty of environmental puzzles you must solve to progress as well a figuring out how to avoid dangerous animals and strangers.
You do this by using your special ability which which allows you to see all that is hidden to the mortal eye and can switch between the real world and the spirit world. While the gameplay is a bit slow, it’s actually very interesting to see this adventure unfold. I didn’t get to a part a that had any combat or anything, but I believe that might happen a bit later in the game.
Aside from the gameplay, the art style is actually really good and gives off a really dark, ominous vibe. I also really appreciate the atmospheric sound effects that really match the dark tones of the game. The soundtrack is also really excellent and features authentic songs of the culture.
- Explore the worlds inspired by Perm animal style
- Dive into the deep atmosphere of folk Komi music
- Meet long forgotten gods and spirits
- Learn the ancient myths of finno-ugric tribes
- Don’t expect an easy journey, there are riddles in the dark
- Unlock new abilities and use them to get to the Upper World
- Find all the artifacts that are hidden from the mortal eye
While I’ve only played about 15 minutes of the game, it’s got me really intrigued to see what else more it has to offer. I do really dig the art style so that’s got me hooked on that front and the music itself is really interesting as well. I’m just hoping that there’s more to the game as I progress.
Received preview code from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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