Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight review

3.5

Bad

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is a retro 2D scrolling platformer, and that pretty much says it all.

There’s a plethora of this type of game out for the current generation of consoles – garish looking, 8-bit games with high definition audio, easy to handle gameplay reliant on button bashing and simplistic storylines.

That, however, doesn’t make it great. Sure, there’s the nostalgia of playing a game that harks back to Ghosts ‘n Goblins and the like, but it just feels underwhelming when played on a HD TV!

It’d be perfect for a casual gamer on a mobile gaming platform, wouldn’t feel out of place on the Nintendo 3DS (if it had 3D support), but on the Xbox One, it just feels a bit of a non-event.

The most interesting aspect of the game is actually the 8-bit graphics, more detailed and better animated than fans of the era may expect, but still blocky and occasionally odd looking. The same, however, can’t be said for a soundtrack that seems to meander, with no real sense of urgency.

For scrolling platformer fans, it’ll be easy to get into. Move from area to area, jump, drop and bash away at the buttons to defeat the myriad of bad guys. The same fans, however, will long to play other things, especially in an overly crowded world of emulators, “classic” re-releases and remasters.

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight may have fans who will embrace this one, but for anyone new to the series, there’s not much to recommend.

Thanks to Xbox and Playism for supporting TiX

Good

  • Female lead character makes a change from the overly masculine warrior
  • Different attack strategies add variety
  • Pleasingly retro graphical style

Bad

  • Retro isn’t the way forward
  • Bland soundtrack
  • Will leave you wanting to play something else

Summary

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight may have fans who will embrace this one, but for anyone new to the series, there’s not much to recommend.
3.5

Bad