Parents' Guide to

Moonlighter

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tough action-adventure/sales sim tests skills, patience.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Good for reading and understanding how work a shop

You have two thinks to manage in the game; -Discover dungeons and understand how to fight ennemies -Manage your shop where you sell the ressources that you gather throught the dungeon

Is It Any Good?

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Some players will find this action game difficult and others may wish they spent more time in the dungeons and less time in the store, but this is a fun, unique, tough, old-school adventure. In Moonlighter, you play as a proprietor of a shop in a small village. Since you can't order swords and other items from a local distributor, you have to find them yourself. It's a good thing your village is near some dungeons, and your whole world is set in a fantasy realm. What makes Moonlighter unique is that while you spend a lot of time exploring these dungeons, looking for loot you can sell, you also spend time selling that loot and running your shop. The business side is handled in a simplified way; you don't need a degree in economics to understand this part of the game. The largest and possibly most defining issue with Moonlighter is that everything that makes its gameplay unique could also be a downside to some people who don't appreciate the elements of its gameplay -- which will appeal to certain players. Some gamers will enjoy how unforgiving the combat can be, but others will find it frustrating. That's especially true when you're constantly getting hit by incoming attacks as you're getting swarmed by monsters in a dungeon. Some players will also enjoy running the shop, but others will find it tedious. Moonlighter won't be for everyone, but those who appreciate its unique take on dungeon-exploring action games and commercialism will get a kick out of it.

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