Immersive Sci-Fi Adventure in Deliver Us The Moon – Review
Release Date: September 28 2018
Publisher/Developer: KeokeN Interactive
This game without a doubt is one of the most visually spectacular titles I have played this year. The visuals envelop you in every immersive moment in this Sci Fi adventure, detailed and atmospheric and it all begins with a jaw dropping opening level.
The story contains some familiar elements of post apocalyptic narratives that have become the bedrock of recent Sci-Fi blockbusters. The Earth has ran out of resources and is now dependent on a giant beam of energy which is being fired at it from the moon. This beam becomes the planets only source of energy and from it develops a form of utopia for Earth’s citizens, freed from worries regarding pollution or if they have enough juice to turn on their T.V .sets. One fateful day, the energy suddenly stops and no one can contact the Moon’s base for an explanation why. Mass panic ensues and the Earth’s governments, quite irresponsibly, abandon the energy project and consign Earth’s citizens to an electricity free future.
However, one group of scientists refuse to give up hope and want to solve the mystery surrounding the eerie silence of the moon and resolve this new energy crisis. These rebels work for years at an abandoned base on the means to send someone to the moon and eventually after four years they have created a rocket and have chosen you as the astronaut to sort this mess out!
This is a third person adventure title which is mostly spent exploring a few different areas of the extensive moon base which was constructed in the 2040’s. The opening of the game is a form of tutorial which helps you get used to the control mechanics and puzzle solving techniques. Unlike most tutorials, this is not a hand holding exercise and instead treats you like a gamer, none of the puzzles are incredibly difficult but a few moments may challenge you. It’s in these moments that you begin to realise how special this title is and the thoughtful and inspired design process which has been injected into it.
As you move through the game you will discover the parts of the station which are no longer functioning and you will set about fixing them. These tasks can range from repairing satellites on the lunar surface or by attempting to find access codes which are locked in the crews quarters. One of the most interesting puzzles I encountered in the game was solved by sending my robot companion down access tunnels to activate distant switches.
As you progress and repair more of the station, you will begin to discover what happened four years ago to cause this catastrophe. The story is pieced together through notes, e-mails and environmental storytelling. There’s also fairly well acted audiologs and holographic video recordings to discover. I think for anyone to get the most out of this game, it’s important that I do not disclose much of what happens in the story. I played though this title by arriving on the moon with no knowledge as to what was about to take place and I believe you should as well. The story moves at a good pace, until the end. The ending of this game is the one detractor to my recommendation of this as an amazing adventure title. It ends suddenly and abruptly and seemingly about midway through the compelling story that it was attempting to tell.
Graphics and Audio
As stated before the visuals in the game are compelling, with believable environments and incredible design. The grittiness of the opening giving way to the beauty of the stars as you blast your way through the Earth’s atmosphere. Landing on the Station there’s a feeling of desolation, emptiness and neglect. The only issue I had while playing through the game were with some of the textures. At times, I lifted an object and found it to be a blurry mess and the inscription carved on it impossible to read. These moments do somewhat spoil the almost impeccable nature of the visuals in the title. The sound design further grounds the player in the reality of the environment, audio logs are acted in an adequate manner and there’s moments of powerful in game music which get the blood pumping.
From the opening moments as you race to power on your rocket against an oncoming deadly storm to the final moments on the space station you will find yourself immersed in a beautiful, well crafted adventure. The sudden ending and at times monotonous tasks detract from my scoring below but I do recommend this title as an experience to enjoy and at times marvel at.
Available on Steam