Moonrise - A Real-time Creature Feature

Moonrise is a character capture and real-time battle adventure game created by Undead Labs. This game is currently in Early Access as of this review.


Quick Glance:

  • Platform: PC / Mac
  • Players: 1-2
  • Achievements: No
  • Steam Trading Cards:  No
  • Controller Support: None

High Level Premise - It's the grown-up version of Pokemon, except instead of slow turn-based battles, you now battle in real-time!

Graphics/Style -  The color scheme is very bright, and pleasant to the eye. It has an anime flair to it, but it is not distracting to the overall mission of the game.

Music / Sound Effects - Music and effects work well together with this title. The theme for the battle system really gets the adrenaline going.

Story - You are a Solari Warden, and you need to choose a starting Solari creature and adventure into the open world to find other Solari creatures that have been turned into vicious Lunari creatures.  You must do battle and tame them back to Solari, and capturing more along the way.

Replay-ability - Multi-player is the key here, cross platform multi-player is also available.

Time Commitment - The nice part about Moonrise is that you can do a couple of battles, capture some Solari, save and come back later.  Battles usually last about 3-5 minutes. No random battles or walking around aimlessly.

Value - This is an expansive game, that is similar to Pokemon. There is no time wasted walking around looking for random battles, you acquire Solari quickly and build your army to advance through the game. If you like Pokemon, you owe it to yourself to try Moonrise.

Multiplayer - Cross platform Multiplayer, do battle with other Wardens and their Solari.

Favorite Element - Being able to attack the Lunari as the Warden. Nothing more satisfying then throwing a fireball at a vicious creature.

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Moonrise is an excellent take on the creature capture and battle style of games. This game is perfect for those with limited time constraints, due to the quick real-time battle system.  The strategy involved is similar to other monster battle or card-based games. The learning curve is not very steep, and allows the player to easily learn how to capture and evolve 120 different Solari within the game.  If you are a fan of Pokemon, you should definitely give Moonrise a spin, you won't be disappointed.

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