Knowing beforehand these five things are going to make your game experience a bit easier, even though the game itself is not too hard. It will also save you a lot of time, gold, item loses and some rage when starting to enjoy this new Indie IP developed by Digital Sun and published by 11 Bit Studios on Steam this past 29 of May (2018).
1) WATCH OUT FOR SHOPLIFTERS
Shoplifting is something real in this game and you gotta be aware of your products if you don’t want them to be stolen. This mechanic is a fun and a very creative way of experiencing what it means to own your own business and behave as a responsible owner by watching over your stock. This can be avoided by charging your client’s items right after they’ve chosen the product they want to buy. You will have approximately 20 to 30 second to cash in the money for the product before the clients (NPC’s) get bored of waiting for you and just move along taking the item they‘ve chosen with them and leaving the store without paying.
2) THE FOUNTAIN MARKS THE WAY
As soon as you start exploring the dungeons you will see that they are randomly generated and somewhat long, with a level designs similar to those of 2-D Zelda games. This means that each dungeon has a variety of rooms to explore and loot, but if you want to go through a dungeon as fast as possible the best thing to do is to search for the Healing Fountains. These Healing Fountains are located in each of the three different floors of each dungeon (one in each level except on the fourth floor that corresponds to the boss battle floor/room) and they mark the correct path to advance through the levels. If you are looking to save time and go through a dungeon in a fast and safer way, look no further than to the Healing Fountains.
3) TIME, TIME, TIME
Even though there is no mention about this, as soon as you start to spend too much time in a dungeon you will see that at the bottom of the screen a yellow eye from a monster and a clock will appear. If you do not hurry up right after these icons appear on the screen, you will have approximately three minutes to react or a green goo monster will appear right next to you and will try to impede your progress. This monster can’t be killed and the only way to reset the timer and the monster is by advancing to the next floor of each dungeon or by exiting the dungeon and coming back again, either with your pendant (one way out portal) or the magical in-and-out portal you will acquire early during your playthrough.
4) MOONLIGHTER PREPARE TO DIE EDITION
Moonlighter is a game that has a similar combat and penalization systems to those of the Souls series. First of all you can’t spam the attack of your swords, staffs, or bows, just like in the souls saga, so you need to time and think each attack perfectly, as well as each dodge and shield block, to avoid getting hit, and defeat all of the enemies and bosses you will encounter. Finally, if you die you will not lose all of your souls, for there are no souls in this game, but you will for sure have to start over the whole dungeon and lose some of the items you’ve collected through that run in a permanent way, for if you decided to restart a dungeon it will randomly regenerate and all of the items you had store in your inventory will vanish.
5) I GOT THE STRAP / I GOTTA CARRY ‘EM
Lastly, to avoid losing your most precious items you can always strap on them to you. When you open your inventory you will see that it’s divided into two different sections. The first section, the top row of the inventory window, is represented by a blue human silhouette. All of the items you store in that row will be protected from being lost if you happen to die during any of your runs through the dungeons, so always try and keep all of your most valuable items stack in there to avoid losing them. If we were to be completely literal about where those items are being stored, they are being strapped on to you and not placed in the backpack, that is why they can’t be lost, while the backpack items can.
With this five tips now in your knowledge, you will find it easier to enjoy, play, and correctly manage your store and adventures throughout the whole Moonlighter experience. Let us know in the comments below if you have any other tip(s) we should be aware of about before playing this game.