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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 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  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 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.
  3. 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.
  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
    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.
  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 13
  2. Negative: 7 out of 13
  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. Mar 24, 2020
    7
    So people said there is to much walking and annoying simplistic repeating puzzles. While i had more feeling from the game that puzzles weren'tSo people said there is to much walking and annoying simplistic repeating puzzles. While i had more feeling from the game that puzzles weren't annoying and are quick to solve. And there were different puzzles, at different locations, while there were also dialogues, so it is not like you would have to do repeatedly annoying puzzles just to move on. You were there to do task, it was very quick, while story was evolving at the same time. Except one puzzle was counter-intuitive.

    Game has amazing graphics and atmosphere. Didn't noticed anything wrong with acting. If you expected master piece like Call of Cthulhu you should look elsewhere, but it is still decent game and fun to play. It doesn't have story deep as Cthulhu. But it is still okay. It is more horror/adventure than about complex story and it does fine in my opinion, tho i expected maybe more monsters, or some scary chase/fight. There is also bug preventing you from finishing the game, not fixed months supposedly.

    Also this should be probably VR as well, that would ramp up sales massively !

    PS: It is pity we don't get better more of an adventures like Call of Cthulhu - old game. Probably because people don't like horrors, or not many studios make them, as they don't sell that well and if they don't do it right, it is problem.
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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. Mar 9, 2020
    4
    Moons of Madness
    Unenjoyable from start to finish
    Moons of Madness is a first person adventiure walking simulator that takes place on mars,
    Moons of Madness
    Unenjoyable from start to finish
    Moons of Madness is a first person adventiure walking simulator that takes place on mars, and basically this is a game about doing spooky chores…
    All 4 hours of this game is a chore to get through, and they aren’t even interesting chores until an hour in.. aka 25% of the entire game… the game starts with you setting out to fix some solar panels, but youre noticing everything unplugged, who would do such a thing?
    Until you find out.. oh.. of course aliens… so this becomes a game of being stalked by these creepy creatures and doing puzzles…
    Moons of madness has glimpses of being enjoyable during these intense chases, or environment based puzzles.. .but those glimpses evaporate as the monotony of this game smacks you over the head…
    constant button prompts, constant putting in and finding power sources.. constant puzzles, unfun and uninteresting traversal and exploration through these space stations…
    Moons of madness will drive you mad…
    Theres really no redeemable quality here… the story is boring and unengaging, the puzzles are annoying progress stoppers more than an enjoyable brain teaser to break the tension.. the environment is intriguing..the game starts out slow, it drags with glimpse of potential, and none of this potential is ever realized…
    I give Moons of Madness
    a 4.5/10
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  6. Mar 7, 2020
    3
    This game looks pretty but unfortunately it is just a boring walking simulator with lots of button pressing and annoying puzzles.
    The story
    This game looks pretty but unfortunately it is just a boring walking simulator with lots of button pressing and annoying puzzles.
    The story is tediously boring and the horror part was just jump scares after jump scares which made this game feel like a boring movie.Voice acting was good but sadly i can't suggest this game since it is so dull
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  7. 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

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