Review – Moon Diver

Developed by feelplus inc. and backed by the vision of talented director Kouichi Yotsui, Moon Diver was just released on the PlayStation Network. Should you prepare for launch, or just stick to looking from afar? Read our review to find out, after the jump.

At the dawn of the 22nd century, an evil power brought inanimate objects to life, and they turned on humanity. Bridges, automobiles, cities – the whole of humanity’s creations were all made to turn on their makers.  Mankind’s fears of apocalypse became reality!

Hidden amongst humanity’s survivors, an elite unit of specially-trained ninja known as Moondivers has been lying in wait for orders to reclaim the planet.  Today, those orders arrived. Today, the battle to retake Earth begins.

Moon Diver is a throwback to the old school arcade classics with 2D side scrolling, button mashing action, and some platforming thrown in. While the story is entertaining, you’ll probably find yourself not paying much attention to it. The story isn’t what’s important here, the game play is.

You play the game as one of four Moondivers. You can climb walls, hang from ceilings, and kick some serious butt. Just press square to bash and X to jump (X twice for a double jump). You’ll unlock special attacks as you play through the game. You can have up to four of these special attacks at your disposal and these are selected at the player select screen. There are four ninjas to choose from, and each one has its own strength and weaknesses. Completing levels and killing bad guys will level up your current character, and each ninja level;s up separately. Quite a bit of play time will be needed to get all four up to a serious kick ass level,

Mad Offline Ninja Skills

Moon Diver is designed to be played with others. Whether you play online or off is up to you. Don’t expect to be able to finish the game by yourself though. The game gets harder and harder as you mash along, and the lone wolf mentality needs to be checked at the door. You can’t have online and offline mixed, so you either need three other players and three other controllers to play offline, or just jump into someones game already in progress online. You can start your own online game and just start playing until others join in. It only took a few minutes for players to join our games, so we didn’t have to go it alone for long. The special attacks you find are enhanced by having more than one player. The more players, the stronger the attacks.

Online Play

There are twelve levels in all, with a boss at the end of each level. You can change the difficulty setting at any time with the Chaos Accelerator. The boss battles become impossibly hard if you are by yourself, so plan on either playing online, or have some buddies come over to help.

The music for the game is definitely classic arcade tunes. The tracks gave us flashbacks to games like Mega Man. The tempos are very upbeat and fit the game style well. Nothing like bashing baddies to a nice techno beat.

The graphics for the game looked good. Keep in mind this is an old style arcade game, but it did look great on an HD TV. The levels are designed very linear, as you would expect. Finding all of the action moves is the only collectible to be had, but some of them are awarded for achieving goals and aren’t found hanging around.

Moon Diver is a fun arcade game designed to be played with others. The story was a little weak and the gameplay can be a little repetitive at times. If you are looking for a fun game to kill some time, it gets the job done. If you are a fan of old school, side scrolling action, you need to give the demo a try. It just might be what you are wanting.

It is available now on the PSN for $14.99/£9.99/€12.99