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Moonlighter: Between Dimensions

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Expansion adds monsters, items, maintains bloodless combat.

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Consider this modestly priced DLC (downloadable content) pack a gift to players who couldn't get enough of the base game. Moonlighter: Between Dimensions is content to simply deliver more of what fans enjoyed in the original, including Zelda-style dungeon crawling and combat, lots of shop-keeping, and a bit of simple crafting. There's also more challenge. The new interdimensional dungeon is very large and very hard. Completing it requires an awful lot of loot grinding in order to earn the resources -- and money -- necessary to properly gear up for battle. New players will get a taste of what's to come as they fight through the first five dungeons, occasionally transporting to smaller versions of the interdimensional dungeon, where they can earn powerful limited-time weapons that are both a blessing and a curse, such as a scepter that deals big damage but leeches away the wielder's life in the process.

But what the new content doesn't do is change any of the things about the original that might have left some players cold. The most notable of these is the loop-style grind involved in exploring a dungeon, collecting loot, and then either selling it for cash at your shop or using it to craft stuff. An in-game calendar that tracks the days as they roll by indicates that it takes Will months of grinding to develop his store and the town's economy. The new content adds weeks more by doubling down on this repetition. Some players love this kind of grind-y play, and some don't. If you're in the former category, then the Moonlighter: Between Dimensions DLC is an easy recommendation. Members of the latter can safely take a pass.

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