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Developer(s)Digital Sun
Publisher(s)11 bit studios
Composer(s)David Fenn, Pablo Caballero
Platform(s)macOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • WW: May 29, 2018
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: November 5, 2018
Genre(s)Action role-playing, business simulation

Moonlighter is an action RPG indie game developed by Spanish indie studio Digital Sun and released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 29, 2018.[1][2][3][4] A Nintendo Switch version was released on November 5, 2018.[5]


Moonlighter has the player manage their shop during the day and go exploring at night. Shopkeeping involves managing goods and receiving money, which the player can invest to upgrade the town and add services like a potion-maker and a blacksmith. These town upgrades allow the player to craft weapons, armor, and health potions, hire a part-time worker to sell things during the day, as well as upgrade the characters' equipment. At night, the player can explore dungeons and confront hordes of enemies, which drop loot upon defeat; loot can also be found in chests once the player clears a room. [4][2][6][7]


Aggregate score
MetacriticPC: 74/100[8]
PS4: 81/100[9]
XONE: 84/100[10]
NS: 83/100[11]

Moonlighter received "generally favorable" according to review aggregator Metacritic.[8][9][10][11] It won the "Best Indie Game" award of GDC 2018,[12] and was nominated for "Fan Favorite Indie Game" and "Fan Favorite Role Playing Game" at the Gamers' Choice Awards,[13] and for "Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game" at the SXSW Gaming Awards.[14] However, it was ranked as the fifth blandest game of 2018 by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw of Zero Punctuation, who called it "a painfully generic pixel art dungeon crawler whose one unique gameplay idea had all the depth of a Netflix crime documentary."[15]


  1. ^ "Moonlighter (IGN)". IGN. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b MacLeod, Riley (May 29, 2018). "Moonlighter Lets You Run A Shop By Day And Kill Monsters By Night". Kotaku. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Frushtick, Russ (May 31, 2018). "Moonlighter beginner's guide". Polygon. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Wood, Austin (May 29, 2018). "Delightful shopkeeping action RPG Moonlighter is out today". PC Gamer. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  5. ^ Romano, Sal (October 16, 2018). "Moonlighter for Switch launches November 5". Gematsu. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Hancock, Patrick (May 28, 2018). "Review: Moonlighter". Destructoid. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Moonlighter (Rock, Paper and Shotgun)". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Moonlighter for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Moonlighter for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Moonlighter for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Moonlighter for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Game Informer staff (May 25, 2018). "The Best Indie Games Of GDC 2018". Game Informer. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  13. ^ Glyer, Mike (November 19, 2018). "2018 Gamers' Choice Awards Nominees". File 770. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  14. ^ Trent, Logan (February 11, 2019). "Here Are Your 2019 SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists!". South by Southwest. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ Croshaw, Ben "Yahtzee" (January 2, 2019). "2018's Best Worst and Blandest". The Escapist. Retrieved January 3, 2019.

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