Moonrise Fall | Heartbreak and Puzzles.

Friday 28 June 2019

I used to stay away from playing puzzle games but as of lately I have really been enjoying taking on the challenge of playing them, usually, when I come across one I would be hesitant because I knew I would probably get stuck on the game for a while trying to solve each one but now I'm all for the challenge and will happily give it a go. I wanted to talk about and show you all a game I would love to try out, unfortunately, It's not available on Mac right now so until it is I will happily sit and watch others play it, this game is called Moonrise Fall and yup you guessed it, it's a puzzle game.

From what I gather the game is about exploring as a little boy he had become lost in a supernatural forest, this comes at the cost of losing his parents in a car crash and now he finds himself alone. The only way for him to find his way is through the help of a journal filled with clues, a lantern to light his way and a camera which he uses to take photos of strange and wonderful creature in the forest. What stands out to me about this game is that it's not just focusing on puzzle solving there is a sad and lonely story behind the game. Considering the little boy has just gone through losing his parents loss is a big part of this game and I'm all for games that teach us the different ways people cope with loss, the music I've heard from the gameplay helps you feel that pain of losing the ones you love.

This is a PC game developed by Indie Developers Made From Strings, they have a very unique art style who were able to bring their characters trauma and merge it with a puzzle game in a very beautiful way. Moonrise Fall includes a number of features:
  • Explore an immersive world: Rain pours, the wind blows, leaves fall, insects buzz, the sun sets, the moon rises, and more in this handcrafted world.
  • Night and day cycle: The world seamlessly changes between 5 times of day on its own or at your control.
  • Photograph: Use the clues of the journal to discover and photograph the strange creatures of the forest. Check back to the journal anytime to see your photo collection.
  • Investigate: Uncover many secrets including a cipher to translate an unknown language and the messages it conceals.
  • Kalimba: A playable in-game instrument which can be played at the flick of a stick. Play the correct song to call down rain, summon the wind, and more.
  • Music: Features an original score as well as a music system that generates different layers of music and mixes to ensure no two playthroughs are the same.
  • Puzzler: Explore varied locations that bring there own unique puzzles to solve.
  • Discover: Unearth multiple Easter Eggs and behind the scenes info.

Considering this game is only £11.49 it's packed full of features, I like that they included eater eggs which always make a game more interesting, I'm one of those people who love finding Easter eggs in games it tends to help make the game a bit longer and more interesting. It's also cool but strange how days work differently in the forest you will be exploring, could you imagine the world changing between 5 times a day, I would find that exhausting so I can guess that the little lost boy will be pretty overwhelmed inside of the forest.

If I ever get the chance I will definitely be giving Moonrise Fall a play on PC and more than likely be writing a review up about it, but for now, check out the trailer below:

Moonrise Fall is available to purchase on steam HERE


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