Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jan 16, 2020
    70
    Overall I wouldn’t recommend the game. If it’s on special, a really deep discount, maybe get it if you really think it will be your thing, but for me personally it just didn’t hit any of the right notes, it promised a lot and failed to deliver.
  2. 60
    Moons of Madness incorporates Lovecraftian-style themes and a desolate planet setting of Mars to offer a creepy experience that, while interesting, falters when gameplay is involved.
  3. Dec 10, 2019
    60
    A barely above-average horror game which wages everything on the Lovecraft licence and its impressive, exotic Mars. The rest of it is just pathos, boredom and frankly not a very good game.
  4. Dec 2, 2019
    60
    Good atmosphere and some nice design, but really poor gameplay and predictable story.
  5. CD-Action
    Nov 25, 2019
    65
    The game is most engaging when it doesn’t actually try to flood us with visions straight from a low budget scary movie. It shines most when Mars itself and the base’s secrets get to be in the center of our focus. [13/2019, p.92]
  6. Nov 22, 2019
    60
    The developers have built themselves a Martian base that would be a pleasure to live and work in — it’s just a shame they couldn’t craft a game that was as enjoyable as their setting.
  7. Nov 20, 2019
    60
    Moons of Madness capitalizes on the Lovecraftian principles that made The Secret World such a great game. Unfortunately, the game play itself can feel tedious, and overly detailed in all the wrong ways. There is a lot of ambiance and depth to the story that is sure to delight adventure horror fans, at least for a time, just be ready to slog through some long, slow stretches of game play to get to the good parts.
  8. Nov 20, 2019
    67
    Technical issues aside, Moons of Madness is an experience that we felt compelled to stick with until the end credits rolled – on the strength of the mood alone. Something it has in spades. And it nails the pacing, striking the right balance between moments of quiet, tension, and revelation.
  9. Nov 8, 2019
    80
    Moons of Madness ditches the cold New England setting of Lovecraft’s eldritch tales for the dry, arid wastelands of Mars, and what results is a textbook example of how “cosmic” cosmic horror truly can be.
  10. Nov 3, 2019
    60
    Moons of Madness is a good interactive experience, but we felt the story wasn't explained in the best way possible and we suffered some technical issues too.
  11. Nov 3, 2019
    70
    Moons of Madness manages, through the atmosphere it creates and its soundtrack, to effectively convey the oppressive isolation of this team stranded on the red star and facing paranormal phenomenons where dreams mix with reality. The graphics, although not the sharpest, are well made. However, it doesn't really give us any freedom in terms of exploration and rarely manages to startle us. And for those looking for a fight, it's essentially a puzzle-game that shows in variety what it lacks in challenge.
  12. Oct 31, 2019
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  13. Oct 31, 2019
    70
    The problem with all puzzle games is that they are almost always a single-play through experience, so that initial run has to be the memorable one. Moons of Madness has some jump scares and other surprises, but its biggest draw might be that it takes Lovecraftian elements into a wholly new environment and replaces combat with exploration, puzzles and a slow-growing sense of confusion and dread. Fans of all those different elements and genres might find Moons of Madness just the right companion for Halloween night video gaming.
  14. Oct 31, 2019
    72
    Though Moons of Madness isn’t the first game to do so and it likely won’t be the last, it’s a survival horror experience that succeeding in giving a grown man nightmares, which is something a zombie game just can’t do.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Oct 30, 2019
    78
    Moons of Madness manages to balance the stylistic elements of the walking simulator with some different game mechanics and its puzzles. Rock Pocket Games has handled the available Lovecraftian material as it should, setting up an adventure that can easily walk alone with dignity.
  18. Oct 30, 2019
    64
    Moons of Madness needed to cut away all of the extra ideas on the periphery and figure out what it’s about. There are so many themes and concepts shoved into the adventure that they sprawl all over each other, taking up time and space, and failing to scare anyone.
  19. Oct 29, 2019
    80
    Inconsistent voice acting aside, Moons of Madness nails the eldritch ambiance and unmitigated madness that its Lovecraftian influence deserves.
  20. 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.
  21. Oct 29, 2019
    70
    There is a lot here to recommend. Moons of Madness delivers, and like the best horror experiences doesn’t outstay its welcome, or let you become too comfortable with your surroundings.
  22. 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.
  23. Oct 28, 2019
    70
    Moons of Madness is a good adventure game with some horror touches. We like the atmosphere, its pace and its Lovecraft-inspired universe, although it feels somehow limited and the story ends up being a bit cliché.
  24. Oct 28, 2019
    79
    Moons of Madness is a solid cosmic horror that knows how to tell a compelling story and promote well designed puzzles.
  25. 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.
  26. Oct 25, 2019
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  27. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    Moons of Madness is a great tribute to Lovecraft's works that will immerse you in a dark and terrifying story on the surface of Mars.
  28. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    Moons of Madness is a wonderfully chilling outing that blends horror and sci-fi to excellent effect, delivering a palpable sense of dread. Most pleasingly, it channels the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft without yelling “CTHULHU!” in your ear every five minutes.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 39
  2. Negative: 13 out of 39
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  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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