Moon Hunters (Nintendo Switch) Review
Gameplay - 8.1
Graphics - 7.5
Handheld Mode - 8.6
Moon Hunters is a must have game for parties or to play with friends!
Moon Hunters (Nintendo Switch)
Moon Hunters is a game that I have played before this review and I loved. It is one of those games that turns parties into adventures. It is this epic journey with friends that you will be talking about for a long time after.
"Hey, remember when Coty Screamed at that lion then it followed us?"
"What about when we all nearly died at that boss and then he saved us last minute?"
It is one of those party games that persists into the next week when your real lives have set back in. It is one of the essential games to play with your friend group.
Moon Hunters is a game of choices and consequences. You are expected to make voices on the fly, and those choices effect the way your character is perceived by others and even the events of the story. At the end of a play through, you get an overview of the choices you make and the character you've crafted throughout the events of the story. These stay forever too!
Moon Hunters plays like Gauntlet on steroids. You pick a character out of the 7 available (3 Unlockable), pick a starting area of the 5 (2 Unlockable), then you start crawling through areas and fighting enemies. Each character is nameable and has different colors and skins. You have 5 days to traverse the world based on your starting area and collect money, power ups, and talk to NPC's. Over those days you or your group chooses where to go in the world and then what to do there. Depending on where you go there may be powerful enemies, a merchant with ability upgrades, or a town with many NPC's to talk to.
Different characters have different abilities and traits that set them apart. Some can talk to animals, others are brave and can intimidate people, and others are cunning and can persuade people. It makes each time you play unique. With play there are numerous possibilities and stories for your group to undertake. It is the same sensation as playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons.
At the end of the game, your characters are immortalized based on the group's actions and how the game is played as constellations. You can look back at past plays and reminisce on the times you had. This aura of nostalgia is one of my favorite parts of this game. It is an unmatched feeling in gaming.
Moon Hunters is a 2D pixel style game much like a lot of other indie titles as of late. I love this style and I think this game has some amazing art. Everything seems to be in place and it paints a believable setting for your adventure. Being a programmer, I am not an artist at all but even I can appreciate this! It transitions from tranquil to epic boss battles, to hand painted cut scenes that are all a pleasure to the eyes. It sets a scene and puts you in the state of mind to truly enjoy this game.
From a technical standpoint, I have a couple gripes with this game. There are a few instances of slowdown and frame drops that can sorta hurt this game.
For instance, when you get into a map there is a stutter and the game is slow for a few seconds. This wouldn't bother me, but this is after a loading screen. This could be the game creating all the objects when you enter the level, or any number of things. Are you not loading the level asynchronously? I obviously can't comment too much on this without seeing the underlying code, but it seems like there needs to be a little optimization going on here. This is nothing game breaking, however. Just a small inconvenience. This version performs much better than the previous console ports.
This is a new section I am going to do for Switch games we review: Whether it plays well in handheld mode or not. I think that is part of the appeal of having a game on the Switch. Having a game you can take wherever you want and still play it in a decent manner. Well, this game passes the Handheld Test.
Well, I can certainly say this game is an absolute delight to play on handheld. It preforms the same in handheld as it does on TV, and makes for a great game to play on the go. The only thing is, I highly doubt I'd want four people at college to crowd around my switch to play a round between classes. The vantage point seems a little zoomed out, and it makes the character look smaller. I'd hate to try to keep up with that among 4 of them on that small screen.
Overall though, this is an absolute pass and I have even been making my friends or girlfriend drive so I can play in the car. This is a good fit for the Switch.
Moon Hunters is an amazing game that does way more right than it does wrong. The beautiful art, fun co-op play, and awesome world make for a beautiful game that any Switch owner should pick up. Not just Switch owners, in fact. Everyone!
This is one of the best Kickstarter games I have ever played and it really shows what Unity Engine can do. Kitfox games were also one of the nicest companies I have ever dealt with. If you ever need any developers, hit me up! 😉
Long story short: Pick. This. Up!
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