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Deliver Us The Moon

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Stunning visual excursion with lots of intrigue.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The story is a race against time to save humanity. While the positive messages aren't overt initially, there's satisfaction in accomplishing the tasks and beating timed elements inside the game. 

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Your mission is to restore power, uncover the mystery of why the power feed stopped, and save Earth from extinction. To that end, there are no positive role models other than the main character who's undertaking the task. 

Ease of Play

The game has simple adventure elements and isn't hard to control initially, but it does get harder as you make progress in the story.

Violence

Violence involves rogue robots that can shock and kill the main character. There are images of body bags and small amounts of blood on the ground. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Deliver Us The Moon is an adventure game that available for download on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The story involves the main character trying to save the Earth by restoring power which has mysteriously been turned off. The game has some violence, with some sequences where the main character can be killed by robots. It also features scenes with body bags and blood on the ground. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content. While there can be a lack of direction in some sections of the game, it's generally very easy to get a handle on the gameplay, although the challenge does increase as you make progress in the story.

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What's it about?

DELIVER US THE MOON is an adventure set in a bleak future, where Earth's natural resources have run out. While a source of energy to sustain the Earth was discovered on the moon, the microwaved transmission of that power abruptly ends, throwing the world into chaos. A private group sends a lone astronaut into space to find out what happened and to restore the power feed. Deliver Us The Moon contains a rich story with some undercurrents of topical subjects such as climate change. But while some elements are tucked neatly into the story to encourage exploration, the game also features wonderful eye candy with sequential timed missions that require some thought and reasoning. 

Is it any good?

The visual elements of this adventure are dessert for the eyes, while the story will keep players hooked and coming back for more. Deliver Us The Moon tells a story about a lone astronaut and his robotic companion who try to outwit rogue robots, uncover the mystery behind the shutdown of the Earth's power feed from the Moon, and overcome the shock of what happened. Levels feature a mix of timed missions, some of which are easy to understand, while others are confusing. There are also some moments during the story that can be intense and potentially too much for younger players. Take, for example, the early timed quests in the cockpit. There's little direction and yet, you have to figure out how to scan the cockpit of the rocket for anything that can be used to activate the machine. Or when you first get to the space station and you're trying to restore power, there's no clear indication of what you should be collecting or what to do with the items once collected. All the while, the clock is ticking down, increasing the pressure on you. The only saving grace is that if you fail the task, it simply restarts. 

The musical elements are terrific and the graphics do a wonderful job in transporting players into the ​​​​​​sci-fi realm. The game uses environment lighting and music to drive the sense of urgency during some missions. Helping to boost the tension is the fact that the point of view alternates between first person and third in some sections, which works well to draw you in. Some visuals are a bit choppy and ugly, but the game scores overall with its graphic presentation and is a fun experience. The biggest drawback is that Deliver Us the Moon doesn't have a lot of replayability value, so once you're done, you may not return to this one. Obviously, the game's strengths are only minimally diminished by its faults. If a solid story, and terrific graphics carrying a long an evolving adventure story are appealing, this is definitely worth checking out. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. What do you consider as an appropriate amount of time to play Deliver Us the Moon or other games? What else could he or she be doing instead of playing a video game?

  • Do you think the moon will ever be colonized? How hard would it be to live on the moon? Do you think it might happen this century?

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