Day 876: March to the Moon

Posted: 2013/04/04 in Indie Games

This is one game that is full of zaniness for zaniness’ sake, unless I miss my guess. “March to the Moon” is a horizontally scrolling shoot-’em-up where you’re, well, marching to the moon apparently. To get there you have to shoot through waves of whimsically-themed enemies.

The game is structured around a mechanic that has you upgrading different stats. That’s been done before, right? Well, this is the first time where I’ve seen a game let you REMOVE points from a stat to transfer them over to another, allowing you to experiment in real-time with different stats strategies (say that six times fast). Taking a page out of games as disparate as Team Fortress 2 and Forza Motorsport, you also have a lot of customisation options surrounding your character as you march to the moon.

Don’t bother trying to make sense of the narrative, it’s just a silly and fun game that, for 80 Microsoft Points, is a good download for casual shoot-’em-up fans (because it’s definitely not going to be challenging to bullet hell fans), and those who like craziness for its own sake.

Here’s what the developer (Califer Games) has to say about the game:

“March to the Moon is a shoot-em-up game where you learn abilities from 12 different skillsets. Turn your enemies into skeletons and vampires as the necromancer, poison them and burn them as the alchemist, shoot and turn them into meat as the hunter. Yes, even the robots turn into meat. Don’t stop there! Learn a second skillset to get the dual-class paladin-necromancer you’ve always wanted.”

  1. Tim Hurley says:

    Definitely a fun, quirky shooter, as you say. Lot of customization in how you play, too. One of the more original shooters I’ve played on XBLIG, which is saying a lot when you consider how many shooters are on the market.

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