PS4 version tested
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Momodora is a fun series of games developed by the team at Bombservice. Reverie Under the Moonlight is their latest instalment and the fourth release in the series. The original game came out in 2010 and was simply titled Momodora I. The games follow the story of several Priestess Heroines who utilise magic maple leaves as weapons against armies of cursed monsters.
The game starts out by giving you just a tidbit of background information in order to fill in the story. You play Kaho, a Priestess trying to gain an audience with the Queen who just so happens to be at the centre of a viral outbreak. The core gameplay elements are very much in the vein of a Metroidvania so I was delighted to get the opportunity to review this as for many years the genre has stuck in my head as being my favourite. As with a lot of Metiodvania’s you will go through the game and get to points where you can’t progress any further. The additional skills that you pick up along the way will help you get through most of the game upon revisiting key areas.
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight also plays a lot like Dark Souls, there’s a reasonable learning curve to quickly master. The gameplay is simple and follows a fantastic loop of you wanting to go just that little bit further each time you set off on a run. Collect items, upgrade and customise weapons, repeat. It has the perfect balance of risk-reward which keeps you going throughout the game and wanting to head back in for more. Make a simple mistake and it will get you killed often.
Even when you get to the first boss fight you will be amazed that you can be beaten so quickly after seemingly breezing through the initial section but as you level up and obtain new abilities a repeat visit will make all the difference. With much of the combat its a case of waiting for the perfect opening to get your combo hits in, roll away and wait once more. If you get overzealous you will die (over and over again) so practice is vital.
There’s a dark comical undertone in the game, without giving away all of the story detail, at one point you must fight and overcome a giant Witch. A Witch so big that your reach when attacking can only manage to hit her underboob. As for aesthetic, its art style is incredible and based on the pixel art style from yesteryear. The look and feel is a big part of what makes this such a memorable experience, one that has stuck with me. The sound is excellent and everything handles as you would expect.
This is a fantastic game that should be bought whichever format you have available to play it on. The game is worth every penny that it costs and is great fun. It evokes memories of Metroid and Axiom Verge which is the highest form of praise I can give it as these are two of my all-time favourite games. It’s a tough game but satisfying. Keep going because when you finally beat that boss on the next attempt it feels so gratifying!
Beard Score: 9/10
PlayStation 4 Essentials:
Platform: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 16/03/2017
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, RPG, Action, Platformer
Download link: PSN