A few weeks the Indie game Deliver Us The Moon saw its general release. Offering a mystery in a sci-fi theme git me intrigued. This weekend -- between playing The Outer Worlds -- I decided to give it a try. Deliver Us The Moon is not a very long game. Consider this a mini-review for a mini-game. Deliver Us The Moon is an indie game by Dutch developer KeokeN Interactive. The game is a story driven mystery game in which you explore various Lunar stations. And attempt to uncover the sudden disappearance of it crew. The story is set in a future a few decades from now in which the Earth natural resources are depleted. The lunar stations such as Copernicus and Tombaugh transmit energy created on the Moon to Earth. You have to investigate what went wrong.
The new Firewatch?
Deliver Us The Moon can be best described as an interactive story in the vain of Firewatch and Dear Esther. Though it is a lot more interactive than either. Puzzles include activating parts of the stations and their connecting monorail. Every time you progress you will be able to activate media that fill in the gaps of the story. As it is a mystery puzzler it can at times be a challenge -- it is even possible to die. That said, Deliver Us The Moon is definitely not a shooter.
The Setting of Deliver Us The Moon
The game’s graphics are however very well done. It runs on the Unreal Engine 4. The stations offer a wonderful décor even if at times I feared the Alien from Alien Isolation would pop out of an air vent. Deliver Us The Moon is not a long game. It can be beaten in roughly 4 hours. There may be a little more bit exploring you can do, but there is not much to stretch the experience.
A similar experience to Ad Astra
I find that I cannot help but compare this game to Firewatch. The small setting, uncovering the backstory as you make progress and the prevailing mystery. It just happens to be set on the Moon. The Moon makes for an interesting backdrop, just as Wyoming does in Firewatch. A special treat is the Moon’s surface with its bright monochrome look. The experience coincides with what I had seen in the movie Ad Astra just a few weeks back.
The conclusion of the story of Deliver Us The Moon felt emotionally very satisfying. The game may be short, but it is a highly memorable. Originally the game started as a Kickstarter project in 2016, so I think we can consider this to be a successful conclusion. The game is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One as well as Mac. At $ 24.99 on Steam the price is arguably too steep for the short experience. However, if you seek a memorable game experience you may well consider Deliver Us The Moon this fall.