Moons of Darsalon Steam Review

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Recently it appeared that a lot of games are having their inspiration from the games that came out back in the 80’s and 90’s, So now Dr. Kucho! Games have released a puzzle platformer that has took its inspiration from a lot of games from the era and these include Flashback, Lemmings and Earthworm Jim. The game looks like it has a lot of promise and a fun little game to play. So let us take a look below at how it plays.

Publisher: Dr. Kucho! Games
Developer: Dr. Kucho! Games, Astrolabe Games
Release Date: 19 April 2023
Price: £16.67 Steam Store and Epic Games Store

CPU: Intel Core i5 / AMD Equivalent
GPU: Geforce GTX 1060 / AMD Equivalent

Review code was provided for coverage.

Game runs great on the Steam Deck.

Moons of Darsalon is set on the planet of the same name and your goal is to rescue the darsanuts that have been scattered around the world. You must guide them to safety over a variety of terrains with each stage beginning by finding the said darsanuts rescue them. This sounds like the simplest task but in reality, it is far from it. Controls are either keyboard and mouse or controller, with the latter making the gameplay experience more fun. .

As I begin to play my first thought was this is like Lemmings and this was more so when it came to rescue the darsanuts and saving as many as you can. You will find yourself getting easily distracted working through the level as there are a few hidden extras around and also locating them is not always simple. Luckily thanks to the physics and the interactive terrain you are not limited on how you complete the stage, just complete it is the objective.

You get a score at the end of each level and this is based on how much health you got left, time taken and the amount you saved. The levels themselves are not very long, but this is ok as they are replayable so you can get a better score or time. You do get tutorials on the early stages to learn any new elements needed and the learning curve is steady. The speech bubbles can be hard to read at times, especially at busy moments but this is only a minor issue.

The visuals look nice and the detail in the backgrounds are great with a good use of lighting. The soundtrack I liked as it sounded very much like a 8-bit synthesiser. The occasional speech from the main character is not brilliant and it sounds like an impersonation of Arnold Schwarenegger gone wrong. You also get included a level builder, which is fun and then upload them to a community database so other’s can play your creation and vice-versa.

Final Thoughts

Moons of Darsalon is a fun little platform puzzler. If you loved games like Lemmings then this will be right up your street. Yes, a few issues like speech bubbles and jumps can be troublesome or moving objects, but this is nothing game breaking and will not disrupt the fun in anyway. Also, a GIF maker is available in-game so there is plenty of ways to get creative as well as rescue little guys.

[review_summary positives=”Retro Feel
Fun Game
Nice Learning Curve
Nice Visuals” negatives=”The Main Character Speech
Hard to Read Speech Bubbles”][rating title=”Gameplay” value=”8.5″]
[rating title=”Graphics” value=”9″] [/review_summary]

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