The Moon Sliver

This is beautifully haunting.

trinkets
candles trees
homes

While a lot of the reviewers seem more impressed by the current helplessness of the character, it was the long-established hopelessness of the whole world that stuck me. In every snippet of text, it’s there from one angle or another.

8 Comments

  1. illhousen says:

    Oh, hey, I actually recently stumbled upon this game when browsing Steam recs. Apparently, the dev has two other games: The Music Machine and Fingerbones. The latter one is free, though also pretty disturbing when it comes to subject matter.

    1. Farla says:

      I liked most of Fingerbones but it should’ve been less childrapey. Just letting his daughter starve or deliberately killing and eating her would’ve worked for the whole lone wolf going on about how in the new world there would be no morals.

      1. illhousen says:

        Yeah, focusing on more general descentinto inhumanity would be better.

        Also, played the Music Machine. It’s… different from the other two games. I think I liked parts of it (the general design, individual worlds and villains’ motives), but overall it’s weaker than the Moon Sliver. Doesn’t help that it actually provides some answers to the Moon Sliver that weren’t really needed and kinda destroys the ending.

        I don’t know, it may be worth checking out if you have money to spare or can get it through alternative means, but not something you absolutely must play.

  2. Act says:

    Looks depressing; I’ll give it to Mr. Act.

    1. Roarke says:

      Something about that sentence is kindly blackly hilarious.

  3. illhousen says:

    After playing it, I’d say it is well-done. The imagery of a slowly shrinking, dying world is pretty cool and atmospheric: there is nothing to do but to wait for the end, killing time any way you can, and the end won’t even arrive for years and years.

    Though I’m not sure about the ending.

    1. Farla says:

      Weirdly, I feel like the ending is to make it less horrible – it brings it to an end rather than dragging the misery out, and means there’s something else around that has some sort of power, so who knows, maybe its people will be ascendent now? It’s at least possible, while without the supernatural elements, it’s just the slow end of everything for no reason with no possible hope whatsoever.

  4. informash says:
    Is there a game transcript or a TL;DR of the story somewhere? I haven’t got the patience or the reliable mobile Internet connection for 45 minutes of video.

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