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Play OverviewPlay Overview

MO: Astray (2019) is a puzzle, jumping and exploration game. Rather than control a character who runs, you control an amorphous blob. To get around you have to use the game's unique movement mechanics to take advantage of the cleverly designed levels.

You wake up in an abandoned laboratory and must piece together what has been happening in this extremely hostile and sinister environment. There's an eerie presence watching from the shadows, and only you can make sense of the mystery.

At first, you can only slide along the ground. But by absorbing energy you learn to jump and stick to walls and ceilings. This enables you to work around the walls of the levels taking care not to land on the spikey elements. More abilities are added to this, like double jumping and possessing other creatures.

What starts with exploration soon reveals itself to be something of a horror game as you absorb characters' heads to take over their body. It's also hard so you are likely to die frequently. When this happens you don't usually lose too much ground, however.

The result is a clever and mature game that feels unique and unusual to play. The controls fit well with the malleable character as you jump around the world. Add to this the meticulous pixel art graphics and smooth animation and it is an impressive experience.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked MO: Astray 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Adventure, Collecting, Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Was rated PEGI 12 for horror on Android devices, but on Switch this rating has been reviewed and increased to PEGI 16 for strong violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB TEEN for Mild Language, Blood, Violence
Rated 12+ on the App Store for Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence and Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes.

The developer states that "This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages: scenes of blood and disturbing imagery."

CostsCosts

MO: Astray usually costs £11.39.
 

MO: Astray

Switch Store Switch £11.39
Steam Store PC £11.39
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure, Collecting, Narrative, Puzzle, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: MO Astray Rayark (@MOAstrayRayark)


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