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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
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  1. Dec 24, 2018
    7
    I got big Azure Dreams vibes from the early trailers for this game. Don´t get me wrong, it´s a ok game, a nice little adventure. Besides all the bugs I had I was missing some puzzles and more secrets in the dungeons. Hit a wall, move a statue, hit stuffs in a special order, find some strange writings, anything that will give the dungeons more interesting deep and exploration. And why notI got big Azure Dreams vibes from the early trailers for this game. Don´t get me wrong, it´s a ok game, a nice little adventure. Besides all the bugs I had I was missing some puzzles and more secrets in the dungeons. Hit a wall, move a statue, hit stuffs in a special order, find some strange writings, anything that will give the dungeons more interesting deep and exploration. And why not have strange random characters in the town that both give you missions, strange items or whataver, just to make the town more interesting and a reason to explore it more.
    But I can understand, probly money and time like always when you have to kill your darlings in game production. But overallt, a ok game.
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  2. Dec 31, 2018
    9
    Moonlighter is a top-down action rpg, where you play as the owner of a store named Moonlighter, whom has a dream to be a hero. To become that hero he embarks on an adventure to clear four dungeons, each one ruled by a deadly boss, each night to find items to sell, monsters to slay, and glory to hold.

    Beginning with only a broom and a small simple shop, you are dropped into the first
    Moonlighter is a top-down action rpg, where you play as the owner of a store named Moonlighter, whom has a dream to be a hero. To become that hero he embarks on an adventure to clear four dungeons, each one ruled by a deadly boss, each night to find items to sell, monsters to slay, and glory to hold.

    Beginning with only a broom and a small simple shop, you are dropped into the first dungeon where you’re quickly shown the ropes and learn that when you die in the dungeons you lose ‘all of the items you have collected on that run and are teleported back to town. You are then given a sword and shield to better fight your foes, beginning your journey.

    As you play through each dungeon you collect items that will stock your shop the next day. The deeper in the dungeon that you go, the better loot you’ll find. So when stocking your shelves that night when you get home, you price the items accordingly. The common items lower and the rare items higher, monitoring your customers reactions and trying new price points until you reach that perfect number to keep your popularity at its peak potential. Make sure you don’t overflood the market with certain items as then they won’t be worth as much, the same goes for holding back certain items to supply that demand for them.

    At the end of your sales day you’ll get a full rundown of your sales, and robbery attempts! Yes you thieves will steal your goods, but if you catch them in time you can give them a good walloping and send them on their way.

    The earnings for the day are yours to choose the best way to progress forward. Should you upgrade your shop? Allowing you more spaces to have more items on the sales floor at once or craft that new great sword enabling you to slay more golems to collect higher valued items? The choice is yours and boy is it a satisfying one. Saving up tons of greatly valued items after upgrading my shop space to have a HUGE sales day, then using my 500% increase in profit to enchant my weapons and demolish a dungeon boss is rewarding on so many levels that you have to experience.

    Along with the incredibly rewarding progression is the addictive combat. When inside the dungeons the levels are reminiscent of early gen Zelda games, moving from room to room trying to find the door to the next level of that dungeon.

    The combat consists of a light attack, heavy Zelda like 360 attack, shield block, and if you equip a bow, a ranged attack. Personally I used a great sword for heavier damage and a bow. Also having a dodge roll similar to Enter the Gungeon, where you are invincible during the roll and use it to leap over gaps. Truly giving you the complexity of modern melee games and once you get into a rhythm you’ll be blowing your way through dungeons with ease. A perfect balancing of getting good and upgrading your gear.

    Playing on both the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, they both look fantastic and while experiencing minor bugs on the Nintendo Switch, which I put in much more time on, none of them had serious repercussions. I’d definitely recommend the Switch version, because on planes, trains, and automobiles, you can Moonlight.

    Moonlighter is an absolutely amazing. From the moment I started playing I knew this game was made for someone just like me. The systems of shop keep/base building work so incredibly well with the rogue like dungeon crawling that it’s hard to put down and I can happily recommend it on PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch.
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  3. Dec 20, 2018
    8
    I very much enjoyed Moonlighter. Overall, the dungeon crawling mechanic tugged at me to play and I loved and still love every second of it. The graphics are bitty and wonderful and the side job of running your own shop in addition to the dungeon exploration makes this a charming and appealing experience.

    My only complaint is there could be some minor optimizations made to the game.
    I very much enjoyed Moonlighter. Overall, the dungeon crawling mechanic tugged at me to play and I loved and still love every second of it. The graphics are bitty and wonderful and the side job of running your own shop in addition to the dungeon exploration makes this a charming and appealing experience.

    My only complaint is there could be some minor optimizations made to the game. During my 20-25 hours playing thus far, the game has crashed no less than 3-4 times all during points where I was in a dungeon with a ton of hard-earned booty. Additionally, there have been glitches of walking through a door and the character not following and being stuck in the other screen, a dungeon becoming unplayable as it instantly progressed to the boss room every time I entered the third floor, and an unkillable monster that I was stuck in a room with (thank god for the pendant, am I right?).

    Overall though, this game is worth the buy. There is no ceasing of my enjoyment in this title and I highly recommend!
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  4. Nov 11, 2018
    7
    Great game, with great objectives. However the games needs some patching/optimizing, as the game seems to suffer from some insane frame drops.
  5. Dec 6, 2018
    8
    Fun dungeon crawling, tight mechanics (aside from occasional bugs), great soundtrack / art / atmosphere, and the shopkeeper mechanics is truly a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. The world and characters are super charming! If you ever played Stardew Valley and wished there was more to the mine, this will scratch that oddly specific itch. Would recommend to any fan of dungeonFun dungeon crawling, tight mechanics (aside from occasional bugs), great soundtrack / art / atmosphere, and the shopkeeper mechanics is truly a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. The world and characters are super charming! If you ever played Stardew Valley and wished there was more to the mine, this will scratch that oddly specific itch. Would recommend to any fan of dungeon crawlers. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2019
    10
    Bought this on Steam then when it was released on Switch I bought it again. It's just an amazing game for casual play and is perfect for the Switch. Also great for 30 min lunch breaks.
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Dec 28, 2018
    90
    In spite of an ending that arrives too soon, Moonlighter manages to offer an engaging balance of commerce and action up to the very end.
  2. Dec 11, 2018
    80
    With its unique premise of being a brave shopkeeper, Moonlighter creates an entertaining loop divided between two genres. Despite some minor bugs, it is still one of the best indies available on Switch this year.
  3. Dec 5, 2018
    90
    Moonlighter is a fantastic and unique adventure that can be played for either five minutes or five hours at a time. The gameplay works significantly well on the Nintendo Switch, making it a perfect pick-up-and-play game. Whether you just want the simple serenity of running your own shop, or the big adventure of beating each dungeon, you will find a great time with Moonlighter. You should definitely invest your gold into this title.