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Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight review

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.

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Momodora to have a Reverie Under the Moonlight on Xbox


Playism are buzzing. They have announced that they will be teaming up with developer, Bombservice, to bring the well-loved platform adventure, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight to Xbox One.

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight explores a cursed land, in decline. Evil spreads, the dead rise and corruption reigns. Hope is but a faded memory for all but one; a priestess named Kaho from the village of Lun. An audience with Her Majesty, the Queen would surely save the land, but time is short and each night becomes darker than the last.

This release of Momodora is actually the fourth entry in the Momodora series. The side-scrolling action-platformer has a focus on action gameplay. Throw together melee combos, utilise dodge mechanics and a plethora of items and spells to unleash upon your enemies. Play casually for the rich setting and mysterious story or crank up the difficulty to run your reflexes through a truly brutal gauntlet.

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight will feature beautifully animated graphics with exciting and challenging action gameplay. Engage in intense boss battles with varying attack patterns on an epic scale. Set the difficulty level to suit your mood, from story and setting, to hardcore action enthusiasts. Combine items in your inventory to create new strategies in a widely varied world that you can explore. Search for all of the secrets, uncover all of the treasures. All of this adventure and excitement is set against an established lore and rich backstory in event, dialogue and description.

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight will have you in it’s spotlight on Xbox One, worldwide, on the 17th of March.