Moons of Madness
Xbox version tested
Review code provided
KLAATUU, BARADA, OROCHI
Developed by Norwegian independent studio Rock Pocket Games and published by Funcom [developers of 2018s ‘Conan Exiles’], Moons of Madness is a Lovecraftian cosmic horror game, set in the isolated confines of a scientific outpost on Mars.
You play as Shane Newehart, an engineer stationed on Trailblazer Alpha – a research outpost built to further the search for intelligent life, but is that all there is to it? Almost immediately you know things are off, as Shane suffers from strange nightmares about strange figures and black, tentacle-like growths all over the outpost. As you venture deeper into the nightmare, you begin to realise that you’re not the first person to have had these strange visions and nightmares, and of all the folk stationed with you – you may be the sanest.
The main gameplay takes the form of exploring the outpost areas, finding notes and piecing together what’s happened, and what’s currently happening – very much like a walking simulator, but with the action kicked up a notch. You can die, and there are game overs, but for the most part the game is very linear – walking from A to B, with the only deviations being if you decide to hunt for documents to explain more of the story.
The important question, however – is the game scary?
To be perfectly frank… it is to an extent. While the atmosphere is fantastic – sucking you into what’s happening on screen, and the visuals are on point – Lovecraftian horror looking its finest, it does rely on cheap jump scares to deliver the big scares. That being said, as a total package, Moons of Madness does keep the tension going throughout its playtime.
You can check out our Let’s Play of Moons of Madness here:
Overall, Moons of Madness is a fun, tension-filled journey through Lovecraftian-esque cosmic horror. The intriguing story, coupled with the great visuals, makes sure your attention is kept throughout the playtime. If you’re a fan of games like ‘Layers of Fear’ then you’ll definitely want to pick this up.
TBG Score: 7/10
Platform: Xbox, PlayStation, Steam
Release Date: 24/03/2020
No. of Players: 1
Developer: Rock Pocket Games
Download link: Microsoft Store