Moonlighter is an Action-RPG roguelike game and adds quite a unique spin on the genre and is available this month on PS NOW. The story of Moonlighter is that you’re the son of a store owner that used to go dungeon hunting and sold tons of wares. Apparently, he passed away and you have to take over the shop. There are 2 major differences of gameplay styles in this game, one is that you’re a store manager trying to sell your wares by day and the other is a hack and slash dungeon crawler by night with each being very important.
Upon entering your first dungeon, the Golem Dungeon you’ll notice that it’s very similar to the old school Nintendo Zelda games which isn’t a bad thing. The whole point of going into these dungeons is to get as much loot as possible and fill up your bags with loot and get out of the dungeon alive of course. Once you enter the dungeon there’s a couple ways to get out like beat the bosses, die or the recall location. If you end up dying you lose everything in your inventory except for anything in the top row.
Once you get back home and you get back to your shop you have to put all your wears on display and open up your store to sell all the sweet loot you just got. While you’re trying to sell your stuff be aware that thieves will come in and try to steal your stuff. You have to maintain customer relations and there’s this one thief that will steal money directly from your till instead of just items. People will browse your products and get confused so you have to cater to their needs.
There’s also a bird that can enter your store that you have to take care of that scares off your customers. As you are selling your items you have to pay attention to what the customer’s reaction is as sometimes the prices are too high and sometimes the prices are way too low. You always have to adjust your items to find a good balance between too high and too low. You are able to saturate the market so be careful of bombing the prices.
Once all your products sell out you go to sleep, wake up and go to the dungeon and do it all over again. Moonlighter has received a lot of support from the developers even after its initial release. There are a variety of weapons to suit your needs for the dungeon crawling adventures you’ll be going on. You get the classic sword and shield which is again another throwback to the Zelda games. It’s simple and easy to block attacks and do some damage.
You got a heavy long sword that is super slow but does major damage, a spear for long range attacks so you have less fear of getting hit from melee monsters and you get the unarmed weapons which give you fast attacks. There’s also a bow for super long-range combat. Each randomly generated dungeon has a variety of enemies to fight and sometimes when you enter a room, you’ll see a sparkling flicker over a hole which means you can jump down to a secret floor.
Moonlighter controls very well as the attacks, dodging and blocking are fluid. After you get through one floor of a dungeon, you’ll find a mini boss and when you get to the third floor you will face the final boss for that zone. Once you beat that boss you will unlock the next zone which unlocks better loot and sells for more gold. You can upgrade your shop to hold more items, get more gold from sold items or have more customers, it’s just the circle of life for dungeon hunting.
Moonlighter decided to go with the cool 2D retro style pixelated graphics and it has a beautiful art style. The whole game looks fantastic as each zone and floor has a lot of detail to keep you engaged and entertained as you explore each zone. The music and sound effects of Moonlighter are fantastic as well because it fits the style of the game. Each zone has its own theme and I don’t think there’s was a background song that I disliked.
Between selling and dungeon crawling it’s always good to explore the home town that you’re in as there’s blacksmiths, alchemists and other vendors you can buy stuff from if you don’t feel like running through the dungeon. As you talk to the blacksmith, you’ll see that he can upgrade your gear which is really important. Make sure of what you need before you go to the dungeon and make sure you don’t sell it because I did that a lot. The Alchemist or Enchanter will enchant your gear that you recently made from the blacksmith which makes your gear a lot more powerful.
The Enchanter can also make you potions but they’re super expensive so I would only buy them if I really need them as you can find some while you explore the dungeons. I think Moonlighter is a great game to play through and it takes about 10 hours to beat. There’s some great DLC out for it as well if you want to support the developers. Overall, I feel like Moonlighter hits all the right notes for that retro nostalgia feeling and if you enjoy games like Zelda or even Enter the Gungeon then definitely check out Moonlighter.
Moonlighter has been permanently added to the PS NOW service.
Moonlighter is an Action-RPG Roguelike game that's quite unique as it has you crawling dungeons by night for loot and running a shop by day selling that loot. It combines those two genre's in a great way and is well worth a playthrough.