Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight

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Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
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Developer(s)Bombservice
Publisher(s)Playism
SeriesMomodora
EngineGameMaker
Platform(s)
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Genre(s)Metroidvania
Mode(s)Single-player

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is an indie Metroidvania video game developed by Bombservice and published by Playism.[1] The game was originally released on March 4, 2016 for Microsoft Windows.[2] It is the fourth installment of the Momodora series that began in 2010 with Momodora I.

Gameplay[edit]

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is a side-scroller platformer. The player controls Kaho, a priestess on a quest to stop a curse that has been corrupting the land. Kaho explores a variety of areas collecting items, avoiding obstacles, and fighting monsters. In every area Kaho must also fight a boss. In combat Kaho can perform both melee attacks with a leaf and ranged attacks with a bow. Kaho can also find and equip items and spells to assist her in combat.[3]

Plot[edit]

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is a prequel set 400 years before the events of Momodora I.[4] The story follows a Priestess named Kaho, who travels to the eastern Kingdom of Karst to stop a curse that has been spreading across the land and affecting her village.[5] In Karst City Kaho meets Cath, a Knightess who informs Kaho that the queen of Karst is the source of the curse, and the only way to stop the curse is to kill the queen. Kaho travels around collecting the four pieces of a crest required to open Karst Castle and face the queen. Inside Karst Castle, Kaho is briefly reunited with a dying Cath who failed to stop the queen. Kaho confronts the queen and manages to defeat her. Kaho then sacrifices herself, drawing the curse into her body in order to seal it and save the land.

Development[edit]

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight was developed in GameMaker: Studio.[6] rdein, the developer of the Momodora series funds the development of their games through the crowdfunding platform Patreon.[7]

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of the game were released on March 16, 2017, and March 17, 2017 respectively.[8] A Nintendo Switch version is in development.[9]

Reception[edit]

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight received an 82/100 aggregate review score on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10] Chris Shive from Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 4 out of 5 score saying, "Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is the ideal mix of old and new. The visuals and 2D platforming scream ’80s NES, but the detail that went into the pixel art and the attack combos mixed with fluid animation give this title just enough of a modern feel so it doesn’t feel dated."[11] Destructoid's Nick Valdez rated the game 8 out of 10, praising its "tight, intense combat," but commented that the game's soundtrack was "unmemorable, and not functional at all times."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sykes, Tom (March 6, 2016). "Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight looks lovely, is out now". PC Gamer. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Devore, Jordan (March 4, 2016). "Whao, where did Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight come from?". Destructoid. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Couture, Joel (February 28, 2016). "Face Down Epic-Scale Bosses In Momodora: reverie Under The Moonlight". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  4. ^ Priestman, Chris (January 7, 2015). "Momodora IV is a Prequel To The Trilogy, Still Features A Fighting Priestess". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  5. ^ Couture, Joel (March 14, 2016). "Beloved Characters & Worlds: A Chat With Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight Developer Rdein". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  6. ^ @Bombservice (July 16, 2016). "game maker studio" (Tweet). Retrieved July 26, 2016 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Priestman, Chris (January 14, 2016). "Priestess Action-Platformer Momodora IV Gets A New Title". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "『Momodora:月下のレクイエム』こだわりの2Dグラフィック探索アクションゲームのPS4版とXbox One版の配信が決定!" (in Japanese). Famitsu. March 13, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Lada, Jenni (September 19, 2018). "Bombservice Bringing Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight And Minoria To The Nintendo Switch". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  11. ^ Shive, Chris (March 16, 2017). "Review: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  12. ^ Valdez, Nick (March 30, 2017). "Review: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight". Destructoid. Retrieved March 31, 2017.

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