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You enter the world of Calderan as five new moons rise in the sky and bring with them an age of strange gods. The world is represented from above with small pixelated visuals. It's a turn-based game where things only happen when you move or act. In this way, you travel, trade, sneak, fight and sail the world. While this geography is hand-designed, it's scattered with deadly dungeons beneath the surface that reconfigure each time you leave (or die and have to try again).
As you progress you learn how to use your Poise meter to avoid taking Health damage. You also find you can speak with the townsfolk to uncover Caldera's secrets. What's interesting here is how certain phrases result in different responses - and the information you need.
Moonring is an invitation into a game filled with the 40-year-old joy of simple exploration, discovery and venturing into the dark unknown. The modern quality-of-life enhancements and more detailed depiction of things like stealth and encumbrance bring it right up to date. It's from one developer who worked on Fable and has that expansive feel to it the further you get.
Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Moonring 4 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although things are turn-based so there's not a time pressure, you do need to be willing to die and try again. Resilience and perseverance are important as you delve deeper into the challenge. Interpreting what's happening in the world and piecing together the mystery are also useful skills here.
Release Date: 28/09/2023
Out Now: PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 20 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels