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Moonlighter (2018) is an action role-play game where you play an adventurous shopkeeper who secretly dreams of becoming a hero. It's a game of two halves: shopkeeping and adventuring. It's novel because of how the two aspects play into each other. The better loot you retrieve the better stock you have for the shop. The better the shop the more money you have for kit and crafting.

You start in Rynoka, a small village positioned near an excavation site of a Gate to another realm. You run a store selling equipment to adventurers who go through the gate to bring back treasures to trade. During the day you run the shop then each night you can go explore the dungeon.

In one part of the game you are conducting your business, choosing items for sale, setting their price and managing your gold reserves. You can upgrade the shop as you go to cope with more stock and even recruit an assistant to run things when you are not around.

In the other part of the game you go through the gate to find wares to sell. Once on the other side you must defeat enemies and bosses, master the mechanics of different weapons, perfect your combat timing and positioning and find the best valuables to bring back. But you can only carry so much and must use the clever inventory system to pack away only the most profitable items.

As you progress in both adventuring and commerce you get to know your neighbours and slowly bring prosperity to the small town. This means you help others establish related businesses and watch them grow and trade with you. You can also learn to craft new armour and weapons, and enchant existing equipment to help with your next trip through the gate.

The result is an unusual combination of shop keeping and adventure role-play. It's a bit like the Mr Ben kids TV Show, only you don't bring things back to help you remember but to sell to those who need them.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Moonlighter 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Strategy game with Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete. There is lots of additional content that extends the game. Once you have finished you can also start again with more equipment in a New Game+ mode.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human-like characters and fantasy characters. Players need to combat fantasy creatures inside randomly created dungeons. Enemies and the human-like player’s character flicker when hit and disappear when defeated, without any emphasis on the impact of the violence.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Younger players need to be able to cope with the timing and accuracy required for combat and dungeon exploration. They also need to be able to consider how to gain enough gold to progress and craft in other areas. You need to find specific items for specific customers to progress well, which requires more attention to detail and management.


Moonlighter usually costs £15.49 to £22.49.


XBox Store Xbox One £16.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC £16.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch £22.49
Steam Store PC £15.49
Steam Store Mac £15.49
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/05/2018, updated in 2022

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Strategy (Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Traversal)

Accessibility: 33 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Developer: 11 Bit Studios (@11BitStudios)

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