Deliver us the Moon
Developer: KeokeN Interactive (Published by Wired Productions)
Genre: Action, Indie, Adventure, Space, Sci-Fi, Short,
Current Price (as of 1st March): £14.99 (in the 25% off sale - otherwise £19.99)
PC - Steam
I am going to pre-warn you now that this review is going to be short as I don't want to give away any spoilers. However, I felt this game was amazing and felt it was worth writing about. The controls takes some time getting used to being in third person (especially if you are not used to third person gaming). This game has been classed as a sci-fi thriller. Now upon reading this, before I started playing, I was expecting something like Event Horizon or Alien. However, being the big 'woose' that I am, I was jumpy around every corner and not having any weapons to hide behind was a new concept for me. You are accompanied by a robot called an ASE and this little fella can fit into the ventilation to open doors that may seem a little broken from one side.
The story in a nut shell is in 2032, Earth had run out of energy fuels (coal, gas etc) and decided to colonise the Moon in order to extract its resources and send the energy back to Earth via a Microwave Power Transmission (MPT). However, one day in 2054 the energy stopped being transmitted. Five years later, it is your job to travel to the moon and find out what happened and if possible, turn the MPT back on. The story is gripping right to the end, where... I will stop it there and not get carried away in telling you the ending!
You come across many obstacles and challenges but it is your mission to understand what happened and see what you can do. The puzzles can be tricky and there are many puzzles that seem far too simple, but something is thrown in your way to make it that little bit more difficult.
The graphics within the game are great and provide detail, right down to the reflections in windows. Throughout your time on the Moon, you are presented with recordings to listen to, which tell the story and provide you with your missions. These are great to watch and remind me a little of a similar thing to the people / re-enactments during the game "Tacoma".
This game took me five hours to complete from start to finish and the only downside is, there isn't anything more to do in the game. I mean, I could go back through the game and see how quickly I could complete it knowing what I know or complete the outstanding Steam Achievements but I am happy with what I have achieved. I feel that the developers have created a fantastic story and have ended it well.
I enjoyed the game and would recommend it but not at the full price on Steam. Get the game whilst it is on a sale. Some of the puzzles are challenging and with the added time restrictions just adds to the determination of completing the mission. You get to bounce around on the Moon's surface whilst trying to save the whole of humanity. Looking for key codes and jumping from a platform that seems to be just out of reach, with an electric pool below you adds to the fun and I wasn't going to let the game beat me!
It is a shame that with these types of games there is nothing else to do once you have completed the story but to be fair, I can't actually think what the developers could do to encourage their players to play it again knowing the story line and everything.
I am sure that you will complete the game in less time than me. If you do, remember to record your time below. Not that I have a prize for the winner or anything but it would be nice to know if it is 'do-able' in less time.
Trailer can be found here -