Moon: Remix RPG Adventure (1997) is a role-play adventure set inside another role-playing game where "the hero" has wreaked destruction, killing hundreds of creatures and looting homes. Unusually, you play a supporting character in the game who tries to undo the murder and horror the main character has perpetrated.
Play proceeds through a series of days that change with the real time. This means you need to play on certain days of the week to discover the routine of the characters in the game. Doing this enables you to follow the routine of inhabitants to discover (and then grant) their secret wishes.
This might be falling in love with someone through particular events, or being in the right place at the right time to intervene with something. As you progress, you increase your Love meter and can level up. Doing this grants you more time to do things in the world each day.
There are other ways to progress and discover what is happening in the world. Chips, for example, act as sacred texts that reveal the past, present and future to aid you in deciding what to do next.
The result is a game that's peculiar and enjoyable in its own right. It's a role play game with no combat, where you gather love to power up. But also, it's a chance to reflect on the killing, stealing and breaking and entering that usually has no lasting consequence in the games we play.
After being release in Japan on PlayStation in 1997, it was ported to Switch in 2020 and comes to PC and PS4 soon.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson
, first checked Moon: Remix RPG Adventure 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson
and updated 24 months ago.