Moon

In the vein of System Shock and Metroid Prime, Moon is a heart-pounding first-person shooter tailor-made for gamers who crave sci-fi adventure.

In the vein of System Shock and Metroid Prime, Moon is a heart-pounding first-person shooter tailor-made for gamers who crave sci-fi adventure. You take on the commanding role of a special space-based task force assigned to a lunar investigation when a mysterious hatch of alien origin is discovered on the moon. In the vein of any great horror film, things take a terrible turn for the worse leaving you as the sole survivor on this ruined expedition.

No One Can Hear You Scream

While the game's setting is very well thought out and the story is quite intriguing, Moon's overall effort seems a bit lacking for a full-fledged FPS. Each new area looks almost identical to the last, and the useless map presented on the touch screen gives you no hint as to where you've been before, so exploring and back-tracking can be very a frustrating exercise. The gameplay is pretty typical: think Doom on your DS but slightly more kid-friendly and less exciting-the complete antithesis to developer Renegade Kid's previous portable hit Dementium: The Ward.

That being said, the controls are simple and relatively easy to pick up on. You move around via tapping the directions on the DS' D-pad and you pan the camera and aim by dragging the stylus across the touch screen. Use the L Button to shoot your gun, and any other available commands or actions will pop up on the touch screen when prompted (i.e. "open door", "examine").

Lost in Space

Moon gives you the choice between three different levels of difficulty in which to experience this creepy shooter. You can pick from Rookie, Normal, and Veteran, but trust me when I say that even the most hardcore of players can find they have their work cut out for them on Veteran. Thankfully, the difficulty curve is rather balanced in Moon, so even the younger and not as advanced players can still have a great time playing Moon on the game's Rookie setting.

Moon is intense and dark without ever becoming too overwhelming. The game's overall tone, combined with the lack of blood and responsive, straight-forward controls makes this game ideal for younger DS owners who aren't quite old enough for Halo-esque action, but crave engaging gameplay nonetheless. I wouldn't necessarily recommend Moon for the more adult DS crowd unless they were just looking for something to keep them busy for a few hours on a long car or plane ride. Moon is a decent time killer and is great for anyone looking for an interesting sci-fi adventure for their DS handheld.

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