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  • Summary: Moons of Madness is a first-person, story-driven cosmic horror game where the scientific exploration of Mars meets the supernatural dread of Lovecraft.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Oct 30, 2019
    83
    Moons of Madness may be the best implementation of traditional puzzle-solving we've seen so far in an interactive narrative experience, in a setting that skillfully merges unearthly horrors with more "tangible" science fiction.
  2. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    Moons of Madness may be light on scares, but the great use of its setting and very strong storytelling make for a compelling narrative-driven experience.
  3. Oct 29, 2019
    80
    Moons of Madness is the best of the recent rash of Lovecraft games. It isn’t as dark or atmospheric as some of its macabre competitors, but it’s well-crafted, nicely varied, and builds to a satisfying, pulse-pounding crescendo. If you don’t mind your Lovecraft with a touch of Michael Bay, don’t hesitate to blast off for the Moons of Madness.
  4. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    Even if the puzzle density and technical issues may drive you to madness, this cosmic horror still has something unique to offer.
  5. Oct 29, 2019
    70
    Moons of Madness is an engaging and atmospheric effort that feels like a Love(craftian) child of Half-Life and Dead Space. You’ll be playing more for the cerebral rewards than the scares, though. Despite its seamless merger of cosmic horror and credible sci-fi, the game doesn’t quite match its potential in the consistent emotional intensity of its execution. Plus, the ending feels rushed.
  6. Oct 28, 2019
    65
    Moon of Madness isn't a good horror experience, mostly because it doesn't manage to keep the player stressed more than a few minutes after the game's beginning. That being said, it still has a nice atmosphere and a Lovecraft-like story that will please the fans.
  7. Oct 30, 2019
    50
    Moons of Madness has a cinematic flair to its Lovecraftian horror, but the chore-like gameplay does nothing but get in the way of that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Oct 26, 2019
    10
    I really liked this game Moons of Madness is a first-person, story-driven cosmic horror game where the scientific exploration of Mars meetsI really liked this game Moons of Madness is a first-person, story-driven cosmic horror game where the scientific exploration of Mars meets the supernatural dread of Lovecraft.

    This is also the first time I've played a second-person horror game, and not even something else that I thought was a good game, and in this case that was the first time that I had no idea what was going to happen.

    The premise is that an expedition to Mars has gone horribly wrong.

    But it was really good when you put it on a 4K TV, too. The controls were responsive and the controls for the camera were perfectly optimized.
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  2. Nov 13, 2019
    8
    I enjoyed my time with this game.

    It had a rough start and I found the interface took a bit of getting used to but it picks up nicely and
    I enjoyed my time with this game.

    It had a rough start and I found the interface took a bit of getting used to but it picks up nicely and has good pacing, a mix of scares and nice attention to detail.

    The graphics are above average, from an artistic standpoint, and lighting is used well to enhance the atmosphere, as is sound and ambient music.

    Puzzles are logical and the guidelines to solve them are almost always presented in a way that makes sense given the environment and narrative.

    Voice acting is ok, with the two key characters doing a better job and the script keeps things simple, without straying into over-ambitious territory that might bite off more than it can chew.

    The horror is a mixture of jump-scares and general tension and, along with a variety of horrifying entities, they are spaced out well, which led to me never really knowing what was around the corner.

    It's not very long, around 6-7 hours, but that is sometimes a plus for those who like things short and sweet.

    Worth picking up when it suits your budget, if you enjoy games like Amnesia or Alien Isolation. I'd probably give it closer to a 7.5 but metacritic still don't allow .5's. Why?
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  3. Jan 6, 2020
    7
    Positives:
    - Awesome Graphics
    - Decent Story - Beautiful Environment - Layered Story Telling Negatives: - NPC interaction is limited
    Positives:
    - Awesome Graphics
    - Decent Story
    - Beautiful Environment
    - Layered Story Telling

    Negatives:
    - NPC interaction is limited
    - Little interaction with enemy NPC
    - Little Interaction with Marian Environment

    I enjoyed the game. It was somewhat short, but the Story telling via dreams, flashbacks, and reading was well done. Great to see a Lovecraft Story taken to a different planet, but at the same time, you do have little intersection with it so it more of a look but don't touch situation. Would have loved to see more interaction with Monster or Lovecraft Monster Minions. All in all, it is a great scripted gameplay that has you involved as part of the story that it is telling you, instead of you driving the story. Worth the time and would actually recommend this to any gamer.
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  4. Jan 4, 2020
    4
    While the quality of MOM's visuals are notable, the dialogue, acting, world, soundtrack, animations all felt sub par for a 2019 release. IWhile the quality of MOM's visuals are notable, the dialogue, acting, world, soundtrack, animations all felt sub par for a 2019 release. I stopped playing before the first hour was up. For a game so focused on storytelling, as the player I just didn't feel any connection to what was happening. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2019
    0
    While this games starts off promising, by being more than the expected walking simulator with several riddles and even some action sequencesWhile this games starts off promising, by being more than the expected walking simulator with several riddles and even some action sequences in a realistic Mars setting, it all breaks down with a bug that prevents from finishing the game. Checking out the Steam boards shows that several game breaking bugs are unfixed for almost a month... Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2020
    0
    Unfortunately a game from the a company with the worst support ever, in my experience it can take years to get at least a decent answerUnfortunately a game from the a company with the worst support ever, in my experience it can take years to get at least a decent answer without resolution. I highly discourage buying any product from them. Expand
  7. Dec 21, 2019
    0
    Don't be fooled by all this positive reviews, moons of madness is absolute garbage in many ways. You can always go and find out by yourself,Don't be fooled by all this positive reviews, moons of madness is absolute garbage in many ways. You can always go and find out by yourself, but be ready to refund. Expand

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