A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Fighting evil to preserve a peaceful world, heroes can come from unexpected places, still save the day as an underdog.
Positive Role Models
Players don't get to know Quill too well, but she's adventurous, brave, noble. She might fight threatening creatures, but it's most often in self-defense.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Players may instruct Quill to use her tiny sword to protect herself from various threats, but it's not often, graphic, or gratuitous. No blood, gore; fighting is mostly in self-defense.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Moss is a downloadable fairy tale-like adventure and platformer for the PlayStation VR. Gamers instruct Moss, a cute white mouse, to navigate around various levels, overcome obstacles, and solve puzzles. There's some light fantasy violence, where Moss must use her sword, but it's mostly in self-defense. While little is known about Moss, she does seem to be a brave and adventurous little mouse willing to save her world from danger. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found in the game. Parents should be aware, too, that virtual reality equipment makers don't recommend VR experiences for kids under 12 due to the potential impact the technology may have on younger players' physiological development.
Is It Any Good?
This is an adorable adventure filled with puzzles, platforming, and some combat, but the addition of virtual reality makes this 3D world even more engaging and immersive. While Moss only runs for about three or four hours, those looking for a bit of a different VR experience will no doubt fall for the game's charm. The first thing players will notice is the majestic set pieces you play in. Truly, this looks like a polished animated movie, and it's a thrill to move your head around (and use motion controls on the DualShock controller) to peek around the level and instruct Quill to move about. It's like you're "in" the adventure with this quiet little mouse. You get a nice sense of scale as part of this awe. The sweeping soundtrack adds to the overall immersion. Of course, you'll soon develop a rapport with Quill, since you must interact with her in many ways while navigating around the levels to perform tasks and solve puzzles.
As an example of a puzzle, you'll find yourself in a jungle cave around statues of heroic warrior mice, which you must move for Quill and place on pressure plates to open up a dungeon door. Once inside, you'll need to destroy five red beetles to reveal a winding staircase. You'll rotate the staircase so that you can climb it to a higher level. Some environmental puzzles are more challenging than this, but that's a sense of the tasks at hand. As hinted at already, the game's VR production values are extraordinary, between the animation, set pieces, and music and voice talent. There are a couple of little glitches that temporarily break the spell -- like adversaries who sometimes get stuck in a wall or a camera that obscures your view until you move around a bit -- but overall, Moss is well worth your time and your money.
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