Release Date: 7/3/2009
Number of Players: 1
Developer: Renegade Kid
Region: Europe / US
Overview: 2058, Lunar Outpost Alpha. Major Edward Kane, Chief of Military Operations for the Extra-Terrestrial Encounter Organisation, has been called in to investigate reports of strange energy readings and missing personnel.
Aid Major Kane and his men as you head out to uncover the mysteries surrounding the outpost and face off against and unseen enemy.
Welcome to the Moon
- Renegade Kid’s patented formula of a sick and twisted FPS adventure features a cinematic storyline and white knuckle shooting action.
- Built on the Renegade Engine 2.0, Moon delivers rich environments and robust FPS gameplay which screams at a blistering 60 frames a second.
- Collect alien artefacts and challenge insane difficulty levels to unlock premium hidden content – only the hardcore need apply.
- Annihilate alien hostiles as you rip up the lunar landscape in your turret-equipped buggy or pilot the Remote Search Droid to delve into the Moon’s darkest corners.
- Deliver Major Kane’s style of intergalactic diplomacy as you wield powerful alien technology like the LeptonSpread – a particle shotgun that can tear your enemies a new black hole.
Developed by Renegade Kid, creators of the award-winning Dementium: The Ward, Moon uses the Renegade 2.0 engine to push the Nintendo DS to its limits with an epic story, atmospheric environments and white-knuckle sci-fi FPS action.
Gameplay: Moon isn't the first game for Renegade Kid. They also created Dementium: The Ward. Dementium features slick and smooth animation dishing out 60fps with elegant precise controls. Renegade has used Dementium's game engine and incorporated it into Moon with a little overhaul.
Like other Nintendo DS first person shooters, you use the stylus for aiming, the D-pad for moving around and the L trigger for shooting. To switch between weapons, there is a large button on the bottom of the touch screen. When you press this button with your stylus, the game pauses and brings up a menu of your arsenal. Majority if not all of your interactions is with the touch screen and stylus.
When enemies pop up, your reflex are put to the test. When you die, you are taken back to the last save point. As the more you advance deep into the game, the enemies become harder and more of them appear. While you're blasting your way through hoards of enemies, be sure to pick up bonuses, weapon upgrades, artifacts because this will help make you more powerful and unlock extra training missions.
In some areas of the game, Renegade Kid threw in some puzzles to get your thinking juices flowing.
Controls: The controls are fluid. All your aiming is done with the stylus with the L trigger being your shooting button. To move you character around, you use your D-pad. As you advance further, Major Kane gets to drive a 4x4, which has a top mounted laser turret. Controlling the 4x4 feels a bit lose and your vehicle would be going all over the place. In addition to the 4x4, you also get control of a little remote controlled droid. This allows you to get into small spaces such as tunnels to get to other areas or bypass security cameras and trigger buttons and collect bonuses. However, you wont be able to take down any enemies. You can neutralize them though temporarily.
Graphics: The graphics are crisp and are stunning. Each level has a good amount of detail and Renegade Kid did not skimp on the details for Moon. In each of those levels, there are other animations running in the background.
Sound: The music in the game is not annoying and fits the environment that you are in. Thankfully, there is no repetitive annoying tone or music.
Replay Value: It can take about 5-6 hours to finish the game. In terms or replay value, there isnt much of it. You'll probably go back to playing Moon again to see if there is any bonuses that you might have missed that you never saw the first time. The enemies and bosses however tend to be a little repetitive. Sometimes to defeat a boss, its always the same technique.
Conclusion: Overall, Moon is a well polished and great looking game. First thing that popped into my head when I played this was that it looked and kind of played and style was similar that of Metroid Prime. The repetitious enemies and same strategy to defeat a bosses was a downer but still fun. The controls were smooth and precise. The 4x4 could have handled better since the back of it tends to fishtail. Renegade Kid is definitely on the right track.
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