The gameplay mechanics are pretty standard for platformers, but with a twist, one you do not see much in video games nowadays. The main premise of The Mooseman is to provide a learning experience for everyone. It teaches you tales of the Chud tribes and the mysteries surrounding the Finno-Ugric myths. Being interested in mythology, I found it very interesting to focus the story on teaching people about an unknown pagan ritual that I hadn’t heard of prior to playing. However, if mythology really doesn’t do much for you, the overall game still has its moments nonetheless.
In addition, you have the option to collect colorful runes, known as artefacts, that do not provide anything besides a brief description and an extra objective to your gameplay. However, some of these collectibles can only be unlocked by doing a secret combination of inputs. This adds an extra layer of exploration to look for clues on how to achieve these mysterious items. I found myself going out of the way to gather them and I found it nice to do some critical thinking in an otherwise peaceful game with few twists and turns.
The visuals and soundtrack of The Mooseman provided me with mixed signals and I wasn’t sure how I felt. For the most part, I was enthralled by the visuals and thought the style the developers chose paired well with the game as a whole. The silhouetted aesthetic remained me of Limbo as did the spooky, enigmatic atmosphere. It also provided a clear distinguished between the good and evil presented in this mythos. The only issue I had was my difficulty distinguishing platforms in a few cluttered areas. It gets a bit difficult seeing some of the environment when everything is in shades of black and white.
Overall, The Mooseman is a fun, educational voyage down a path barely traveled and has the potential to be enjoyable on multiple levels. The game is not perfect but has fewer flaws than achievements. Being priced at $7 USD, I would recommend that you pick this up. The game is rather short, but I feel it tells its story well in that time span. I think it is time to venture into an unknown world full of more secrets than it seems. Are you ready?
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 7.5/10
+Unique Musical Elements
-Technical Audio Issues