Title: Deliver Us The Moon
Developer: KeokeN Interactive
Publisher: Wired Productions
Genre: Action, Adventure, Simulation
Platform: Steam PC
Age Rating: PEGI 12
Release Date: 28/09/19
Price: £19.99 – Rapid Reviews was very kindly provided with a review code for this title.
The thought of being an Astronaut is something that has always intrigued me. Firing off in a rocket to land on the Moon, is something that only a very select few people have, or will, ever experience. Therefore, I was delighted to be able to do this, even in a game.
You quickly discover that Planet Earth’s fuel stocks have fully depleted. To try and counter this, the World Space Agency (WSA), has launched a mission to harvest Helium-3, an alternative fuel source that will become humanity’s saviour. Unfortunately, communications between the Space Station and Earth have ceased. Your role, as an Astronaut, is to fly to the Space Station and find out why this happened.
One of the particular strengths of Deliver Us The Moon is the fact that it allows you to take control of many situations that some games might have used a cutscene for. An example of this is the first time you take off in the rocket. You’re not just a passenger. You get to start the engine, control the thrusters, and make sure that the correct ignition sequence has been completed. The sense of responsibility and tension when trying to control the rocket is palpable, and it certainly one of the strengths of this game.
Alone and Isolated
Indie Developers, KeokeN Interactive, has done an amazing job with the atmospherics of Deliver Us The Moon. Making your way around the Space Station is a lonely, surreal experience. The soundtrack and sound effects add to the eeriness and the feeling that you’re all alone.
There are no enemies to speak of, apart from a couple of automated robots. However, this doesn’t take away from the experience. It also doesn’t mean that there isn’t any threat. Being an Astronaut and being in space is a hazardous task, and this stays with you throughout the experience.
At times, you’ll need to be aware of your oxygen levels, avoid dodgy electrics, and survive being flung into Outer Space. There are a couple of occasions when you need to leave the relative safety of the Space Station and make your way outside. It’s during these moments that you realise the enormity of space and KeokeN Interactive have done a brilliant job of replicating this.
I found myself at times getting close to running out of oxygen because I’d spent too long hopping around in zero gravity and taking in the gorgeous vistas. The countdown on the back of my Spacesuit quickly made me regain focus and reminded me to get to the nearest airlock.
As I’ve mentioned before, there are no enemies to defeat in this game. The Campaign is organised into chapters, and each one is bookmarked with a particular problem or puzzle to solve. This does make the game a little predictable. However, the challenges are varied enough that they never feel stale or pointless. Some of the more memorable set pieces involved trying to realign two satellites, with time and oxygen levels running out.
Whilst you are the lone human being in space, you are joined by an Alloway Systems and Engineering (ASE) Robot. This is a robot, who follows you around the Space Station. You will need to interact and control ASE, to complete puzzles and problems. For example, there might be a door that is jammed, and ASE can be controlled to travel along an air vent and turn on the switch to open the door, allowing you to walk through.
As you progress throughout the game, your Space Suit gets upgraded, adding tools like a torch, scanner, and more importantly a Plasma Cutter. The Plasma Cutter is perhaps your most crucial tool. It’s very satisfying cutting the locks off boxes to access oxygen canisters and to enter blocked off areas.
The storytelling in Deliver Us The Moon is achieved through a series of audio recordings, collections of notes, and video recordings. The video recordings are activated, and shown, by your Digital Companion, ASE. I’m not going to spoil the story, but suffice to say, something has gone seriously wrong.
Finding all of these video recordings will explain the story and the part that you have to play in your expedition to the Moon. On the subject of the video clips, I was impressed with the voice acting, and I found the story being told to be intriguing.
Deliver Us The Moon is one of those titles that for me, falls into the category of an gaming experience. For some people, the game might be too short, and the lack of enemies might be enough to put them off. However, if you’re looking for a unique experience, set on the Moon, and you have a space itch to scratch, Deliver Us The Moon is a worthwhile adventure for sure.
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