Conclusion: While not the best game in the world, together with titles like Scott Pilgrim VS the World and Final Fight Double Impact, Moondiver shows the potential of the brawling genre for the new generation of gamers. With downloadable characters, online leaderboards, and multiplayer goodness, this may be a title worth checking out. If you plan to try the demo, I suggest you grab a friend or three to make it worthwhile!
Summary: While it's easy to compare it to Capcom's 1989 hit Strider, Moon Diver certainly stands on its own. The game does suffer from repetitive gameplay and a bit too much grinding, but the fact-paced action and four-player mode more than makes up for the shortcomings! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Excerpt: It’s hard to tell exactly what the heck is going on in 2081, but apparently some supernatural schmuck has left most of Europe a smoldering ruin. Four neon-hued heroes rise from the rubble to leap, dash, slide, and slash their insanely monotonous side-scrolling way through legions of evil machines.
Pros: + Online co-op; some cool bosses; fairly slick visuals; dozens of collectible abilities.
Cons: - Unnecessarily long stages filled with dim drones; occasional insta-deaths., - Solo play is a hopeless grind; customization points take forever to make a difference., ? Why do stages unlock separately for each character?
Moon Diver Review: Feelplus Falls Just Short Of The Strider Legacy
4 May 2011
Conclusion: Concept: Strider creator tries to modernize his classic Capcom arcade title with Square Enix
Graphics: Think anime meets Power Rangers
Sound: A forgettable soundtrack, and thankfully there’s no voice acting
Playability: The full Strider move set is here and feels just as tight as the original
Entertainment: Drastically more fun with four players
Replay: Moderately High
Excerpt: Moon Diver, directed by Koichi Yotsui of Strider fame, breathes life back into those classic, button-mashing, ridiculously difficult side-scrollers of old. With graphics and sound that will take you back and fuelled with a modern 4 player co-op, Moon Diver could relive some great memories – if you have friends to play it with. To start off, the story is largely ignorable.
Conclusion: By invoking the spirit of Strider, albeit with some careful considerations for contemporary values, Moon Diver is generally a success. Its biggest accomplishment is not the good use of online, but perhaps its use of the supposed parameters – compact structures, delineated mechanics – that downloadable games are supposed to work within.
Conclusion: The sound design is a bit of a mixed bag. The sound effects are really good - you hear some really nice metallic-clashing sounds when you shove the business-end of your blade into the torso of an enemy, and explosions have an awesome “sci-fi futuristic” sound to them (just watch out for the yellow guys who blow up like BomberMan when you hit them a couple of times!) and all that.