Orange Moon is an atmospheric action-platformer that merges RPG mechanics with a healthy dose of puzzle-solving, timing and shooting. We have been playing it for a few days and have fallen in love with it.
With the almost retro Sinclair ZX Spectrum style graphic, it has taken us back to the 80’s in a beautiful way. A box overlay on the graphics bring a uniqueness to the game, the graphics outside the box are nearly black and white, but the colours within the box shine brightly, bringing an orange intensity to the puzzle solving and combat action we was not expecting. It is nice to see a game going back to the roots of where gaming really started to showcase its power.
The game gently eases you in to the controls and gameplay, then ramps it up quite quickly, letting you know that the world you are in, well, on the moon, is dangerous place. Just getting to day three is going to test your skills and patience. Learning each of the enemies that come across on your way and their unique weak points adds another dimension to the game dynamics. The huge skill progression tree adds another layer for you to get stuck in to, making you choose between spending points on ammunition or saving to upgrade your weapons, abilities or ammunition stocks.
Simple gameplay mechanics make this game easy to enjoy, a pleasure to play but difficult to master. You will keep coming back to Orange Moon, just so you can have the satisfaction of beating the next section. There are save points throughout each of the levels and when you come back to the game, you can continue where you left off.
You can see where Denys Shyshkin has taken his enjoyment of the 80’s game Exolon – an Amiga game that only sported limited colours.
Exolon on Amiga
The sounds used within the game are nice and give a good indication of what is going on. Gun shots finish with a nice, base felt thud and all other sounds are crisp and clean. Even though the music is nice and unique, we switched it off so we would get more from the in-game sounds.
We would highly recommend Orange Moon, an enjoyable game and a steal at only £6.99. It has enough style to keep you visually happy while the game play will batter you mentally, if you are up for the challenge!
Take the time to check out Orange Moon, you’ll not regret it.
About the Developer
Founded in 2010 by Denys Shyshkin, Betelgeuse Zero is a Canadian development studio based in Hamilton – a port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario. Denys grew up in Kyiv, Ukraine – where he worked as a UI designer while studying design and art at the Kyiv State University of Architecture & Construction. Orange Moon is Betelgeuse Zero’s first game.
Based in Montreal and founded in 2004 by Jeff Giasson, M4 is an indie-game publisher that specializes in the digital distribution of mobile and PC games. Serving independent developers aiming to reach a wider audience without compromising their vision, M4’s team of industry veterans works alongside studios such as Grave Danger Games (AFTERGRINDER), House On Fire (The Silent Age), Zeppelin Studio (Schein), and Frisky Fatal Games (Soulless: Ray of Hope) to deliver modern classics for audiences with a discerning taste.
Pricing & Availability
Orange Moon is now available on Steam for £6.99. The original soundtrack retails for £3.99 – and a bundle with game + OST can be purchased for £8.23 during the launch sale.
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