A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Encourages patient exploration, deliberate, considerate action. Weigh options, trust your instincts.
Positive Role Models
Though you can choose any number of actions, kinder path yields "better" rewards, more positive outcomes.
Ease of Play
Tougher to go alone; far smoother to play, make way with backup teammates.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoony thwacks, hits with projectiles, weapons, but no blood, gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some endings allude to homoerotic bonding, but it's only very vaguely hinted at.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moon Hunters is a downloadable adventure game that's a lot like The Legend of Zelda, if it were an online multiplayer game where you get matched up with strangers or friends -- or can choose to go solo -- to explore randomly generated areas. Players level up a character, interact with people they pass by, and cross blades with enemies. It's an easy game to pick up and play, and though there's violence with swords and other melee weapons, the cartoonish thwacks and lack of blood limits the impact.
Is It Any Good?
This is such a well-designed game perfectly suited to group sessions and an appealing solo game for action fans. A big thing that boosts the desire to come back and go through again and again is the fact that the world and maps are randomly generated -- so you'll never see the same level twice. The fact that there are multiple character classes (plus extras you can unlock) and that your decisions and interactions affect your character's leveling trajectory along with how others perceive you just encourages you to experiment and see what you could do differently next time. For example, if you are polite and kind and don't steal soup from an unattended tent, you earn a reputation for being honorable and considerate, which means people are more likely to trust you. The more people you can talk to, the more things that are possible in the world. Or you can choose to play as a cruel savage, which opens up other possibilities. It's all up to you.
Still, no matter what you choose to do, it's most fun when you're playing with others. Everyone playing as different character classes just adds more and more wrinkles and opens more doors for things you can do. The combat is straightforward, clearly intended to be as inclusive as possible to new and seasoned players alike and to encourage you to explore, explore, explore. The game's built-in length of a few in-game days before the big showdown gives a bit of tension to the gameplay; if you've played well and strategized, you'll be ready for the big fight. If not, well, that, too, opens up other possibilities. Like the best games, Moon Hunters acknowledges you and how you play and makes the world open up in a way that's specific and rewarding to you.
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