I’m sure we’ve all, at least once in our lives, have thought of making our way up to the far reaches of outer space — I know I have. With so many advancements in technology, space exploration is, to put it simply, bigger and better than ever before. Gone are the days when folks were testing out how to launch a rocket to the sky, as otherworldly discoveries are happening every day. I’ll use that as a segue to introduce to you Deliver Us The Moon, an adventure game that’s deeply rooted in space exploration.
The developers created Deliver Us The Moon from a place of love for Outerspace. The game is meant to be a homage to their grandfather who was fascinated with the subject. After strapping on an in-game spacesuit, I was able to explore multiple hazardous locales in a preview build of the game. Deliver Us The Moon aims to capture the feeling of an epic intergalactic adventure full of wonder, discovery, and plenty of tense moments.
Set in an apocalyptic near-future, Deliver Us The Moon will have you assume the role of Earth’s last astronaut who’s on a mission to investigate what happened to Earth. You see, Humans have depleted Earth’s natural resources. To solve the energy crisis, the World Space Agency was in charge of securing a promising new source of energy on the moon. Thankfully, the agency was successful in doing so and had found a way to send that energy source right down to Earth. One fateful night, however, all communications from the agency had ceased, and thus, the energy source was lost. With Earth in dire need of energy, and humanity hanging on by just a thread, it’ll be up to you to be the savior of both Earth and humanity.
While this premise is sort of run-of-the-mill in terms of post-apocalyptic storytelling, it’s presentation is what drew me in. The beginning of the game presents so many questions, which go unanswered in the build I was able to play. That said, the narrative is rather gripping. After scanning objects, collecting documents, and listening to audio files, I was able to get a clearer picture of the details of Deliver Us The Moon‘s overall story.
Throughout the areas I explored, I ended up needing to overcome obstacles, like being in a no oxygen zone, to uncover the many secrets within Deliver Us The Moon. During gameplay, players about to seamlessly switch between first and third-person perspectives. I had to use various tools and solve environmental puzzles with the help of a drone companion, ASE, to progress. At first, puzzles weren’t too challenging. There was a natural progression about them where they increased steadily over time, which was nice.
From what I played, it seems like the developer has done a great job of finding a balance between making Deliver Us The Moon an intense yet relaxing voyage into the unknown. At some points, I was able to admire the stunning graphics and atmospheric soundtrack, whereas, at other times, I was a hopeless, lonely astronaut with barely any oxygen left. If you’re looking for an epic space exploration adventure, Deliver Us The Moon should be on your radar.
Deliver Us The Moon is set to launch on PC-via Steam on October 10 and is expected to release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in 2020.
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