• Publisher: Mastiff
  • Release Date: Jan 13, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
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  1. 85
    Its technical offering, story, design, style, and control are all amazingly well done.
  2. Sumptuous graphics and slick presentation meet satisfying FPS action and innovative story-telling.
  3. If you’re looking for a good FPS game on the DS, it’s a recommended purchase.
  4. Moon isn't revolutionary by any means but the overall quality of the graphics and action means this is a satisfying game that affirms the viability of the shooter genre, even on a portable.
  5. Although the shooting sections are fun, and some of the game’s boss battles are very impressive, there’s not a huge amount of variety in the standard levels or the enemies that inhabit them, so although the story is compelling be aware you’ll be doing a lot of the same between the start and the game’s climax.
  6. Moon executes the basics of first-person shooting incredibly well; the touch screen and stylus controls work wonders in terms of accuracy and speed. It’s just a shame that everything else didn’t get as much attention.
  7. There are undoubtedly high points, such as the (mostly) excellent soundtrack, the fantastic controls and the truly impressive engine, but Moon is really just a supermodel in the Emperor's clothes, intriguing at first - but leaving very little to the imagination.
  8. A positive example to other developers, that better things are possible if you merely put in the effort.
  9. One of the best looking DS games ever made, but the gameplay just dosen't live up to the visuals.
  10. Moon is easily the most fun I've had on the DS in over a year.
  11. Moon is by no means perfect; from the lack of variety in enemy types to the repetitive nature of the core gameplay and terrain types, there is room for improvement.
  12. 85
    Moon will come as a surprise to those that aren't familiar with the quality work that Renegade Kid did with Dementium: The Ward on the DS. It's becoming clear that this is a developer that has a solid grasp on the DS hardware and that they're very interested in pushing the DS to its limits while offering a good gameplay experience at the same time.
  13. 85
    Moon is a noteworthy and solid first-person action adventure title that, despite some flaws such as excessive content repetition or some control issues -as well as a simple gameplay concept which remains unchanged through all the game-, turns out to be quite entertaining during its six hours length.
  14. If you're looking for a cool, atmospheric shooter for your DS, I definitely recommend Moon.
  15. There are problems with the overall game design, but there is no denying the fact that Moon is still one impressive game.
  16. Moon is proof that first person shooters can work successfully on the DS. Yes, it will take most gamers some time to get used to using a stylus to aim, but once you do, you’ll wish that more developers would follow suit.
  17. Moon is a solid first-person shooter, especially considering it’s on DS, but it certainly has its fair share of shortcomings and annoyances.
  18. Moon is a well-crafted shooter that blasts off but fails to reach orbit.
  19. A fine game. It seems to lack a bit of polish and charm, the game does become a bit repetitive, and there's some flaws in the game design in some areas, but the experience was still fun overall. Moon won't win any awards for its story, either. But the spot-on control, slick interface, and impossibly smooth FPS play on this little portable game system should be commended.
  20. 80
    The game wouldn't make it on the PSP, or other more powerful machines, but you'll be hard pressed to find a better recent shooter on the DS.
  21. The ease of play, clever design, and memorable plot make this a very successful lunar mission.
  22. For a “deep”, story-driven FPS - on a handheld console, no less - Moon stands out.
  23. Unfortunately, inspiration and programming prowess aren't enough and in the end, Moon starts off strong, but quickly turns into a boring and repetitive experience.
  24. 40
    Moon is a decent time killer and is great for anyone looking for an interesting sci-fi adventure for their DS handheld.
  25. 80
    One for the FPS enthusiast.
  26. The game would be much better and more complete with some kind of a competitive experience. Even without multiplayer, Moon is still worth trying out, and hopefully a sequel will polish up the remaining faults and take another small step towards the creation of the definitive DS FPS. It might not be Halo for the DS, but it’s definitely one giant leap towards that sort of an experience.
  27. AceGamez
    In short bursts, Moon is a genuinely compelling if not compulsory experience, but longer sessions expose the unfortunate simplicity of Renegade Kid's sophomore effort.
  28. games(TM)
    Quite surprisingly, Moon captures the feel of the Metroid franchise more faithfully than Nintendo's own DS effort….But the main quest runs out of steam around halfway through. [Aug 2009, p.122]
  29. The campaign, despite being short, ends up feeling like a bit of a slog and the use of the drone loses its appeal after an hour or so. The controls and presentation are top of their class, but without a really enjoyable game to back them up Moon ends up feeling like a missed opportunity.
  30. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Technically flawless shooter is a catch for your eyes but in no time you realize there are the same enemies and the same environments all the time… Boring it is. [Sept 2009]
  31. Moon is a good start at something great, and while it’s not quite at the level of first-person console games, this game is worth your attention because it’s damn close.
  32. Moon really is a good game for the Nintendo DS. With an interesting story, amazing graphics, solid gameplay, and a nice mix of things to do, it is only the short length and repeated enemies that brings the overall score down a notch or so.
  33. Moon is a great first person shooter for the DS, despite some unfortunate design decisions. It's up there with Metroid Prime Hunters and Call of Duty 4. Well, aside from the timed driving.
  34. Moon is a well-made 3D action/adventure game which is something the DS could definitely use more of.
  35. Moon is not a perfect game. However, even with failures in some technical points, its qualities show it can be considered one of the best DS games recently launched and that it is healthy to find other sources for genres usually stepped aside. Never before a publisher was so categorical at this point, but, definitely, this game must not be forgotten.
  36. Games Master UK
    An atmospheric FPS that's worth a look if you're after something different on your DS. [Apr 2009, p.77]
  37. Moon is a refreshing, solid shooter for the Nintendo DS that will please all the gamers who have been waiting for the next Metriod Prime to come around.
  38. Nintendo Power
    Another stunning technical achievement. [Holiday 2008, p.84]
  39. It's a competent enough first-person shooter on a system that's lacking many first-person shooters, and if you play it in short doses while you're on the go, it can provide a fun distraction.
  40. Nintendo Gamer
    Worth a play if you can put up with the hand cramps. [Apr 2009, p.67]
  41. Renegade Kid's latest adventure is very much the same game as what we saw with Dementium: The Ward, but please note that's set in a different environment. This time your main role is to become Major Kane, a soldier that has to find our why his entire troop disappeared with no reason at the Moon. This time we'll find out.
  42. Moon is a nice ego-shooter, which is graphically o.k. Just try it out, if you look for a good, but not perfect game.
  43. 60
    A darkly methodical FPS on the DS should be entirely refreshing but instead feels phoned in, as though Renegade Kid covered all the basics without tapping into a deeper gaming vision. It's too bad that the proficient Moon is a disappointing example of how technical achievement is not enough to make a compelling game.
  44. 60
    We have mixed feelings with Moon. It's a superb visual achievement with spectacular controls and fun shooting, but we grew tired of the old school "hit this switch to activate this door" gameplay. So long as you go into it expecting a slow-paced first person adventure instead of Doom, you'll enjoy this lunar vacation.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Mar 29, 2014
    The atmosphere in this game is top notch creating a real sense of mystery and tension. The action in this game is great although the enemiesThe atmosphere in this game is top notch creating a real sense of mystery and tension. The action in this game is great although the enemies can get repetitive at the end. Full Review »
  2. Jan 4, 2018
    This technical masterpiece did what mastiff did best, push the DS to its limits. This game is sort of a hidden gem. The controls are fluid,This technical masterpiece did what mastiff did best, push the DS to its limits. This game is sort of a hidden gem. The controls are fluid, and the 60 fps made it a clear win. I rated it an 8 out of 10 because the enemies and levels are repetitive, but with the DS's limitations, its forgivable. If you want to play this game, i would recommend the 3DS's remaster: "Moon chronicles", because the design and the controls are a little bit better (because of the C Stick on the 3DS) Final thoughts: Moon is a great game in the ds lineup, and if you can find a cheap price for it, i would definitely recommend it. Full Review »
  3. Jan 8, 2011
    I thought this game was excellent. Brought back a sort of feeling I haven't had since Quake or DooM. The handheld format it conducive to thatI thought this game was excellent. Brought back a sort of feeling I haven't had since Quake or DooM. The handheld format it conducive to that old-school feeling. I had no problems with control, and I have big hands. Yes, the enemies can be a bit repetitious. But the backgrounds, sound and action are first-rate. The overall feeling is very spooky. The minigames with the bot add good puzzle-work to the game. I couldn't put it down. Full Review »