Excerpt: Developer: Renegade Kid Platform: DS ESRB: T for Drug reference and violence. Genre: First person adventure, in the vein of Metroid. Multiplayer: No In 2007, a small developer set out to make a DS game not exactly in the norm: Not only was it survival horror, like the Resident Evil series, but the graphics were supposed to be fantastic for a handheld. Did it work? Mostly. The graphics were lauded, and the play was fun. But several issues kept the game from selling well.
Excerpt: Meet your crater. I don't know how many first-person shooters I've heard about over just the past few years, but only a few of them were on a handheld console, and with the exception of Metroid Prime , I can't think of one for the DS. Except this one of course, but I was getting to that. Moon is fairly simple and straight-forward: You play as a military man in search of fallen and lost comrades down in the bowels of (wait for it) the moon!
Pros: Engaging storyline, Wide-open exploration, Large world, Solid controls, ...though cramps set in, Too few enemies
Summary: Parents need to know that playing this game feels like you're in a science fiction movie. While there's violence, it's always for the greater good and for solving the mystery. What makes this an outstanding experience is not only the lack of gore, but the attention to story. There is a minor drug reference to the fluid in glass canisters you use to regain your health. The music adds to the drama, which can be somewhat scary.
Excerpt: First-person shooters on the DS aren't exactly in plentiful supply. Despite Nintendo proving the genre was perfectly possible and a lot of fun very early on with the DS pack-in title Metroid Prime: First Hunt, it's just not a genre the handheld has been blessed with that often. Moon, from Dementium developer Renegade Kid, is an FPS on DS, though, complete with a control scheme that does the job very well, visuals that impress and some eerie atmospheric audio.
Excerpt: I remember seeing early screenshots of Moon for the Nintendo DS. Developed by Renegade Kid the early indications of what Moon had to offer up was quite intriguing. It looked as though the game, which follows the 2007 release of Dementium: The Ward, also for the DS, was going to be another testament to the development team’s programming expertise on Nintendo's dual-screened wonder.
Excerpt: The DS is not a system known for first-person shooters, primarily because the DS' controls are not a natural fit for shooters. In spite of this limitation, shooters are occasionally released for the DS, one of which is Moon. Moon uses a control scheme that's been employed for DS shooters before, and its a scheme that works reasonably well.