I’m not an adventure game fanatic. Don’t get me wrong– I enjoy Day of the Tentacle, and The Walking Dead as much as the next gamer, but many adventure games leave me feeling cold. I was afraid Twin Moons was going to be just another average point-and-click adventure, but I came away from it feeling impressed with the experience.
You play as Jack, a researcher at the Twin Moons institute. He suffers from memory loss due to a recent car accident, but through flashbacks you discover Jack has participated in some sort of experiment. By solving puzzles and piecing clues together, you start hearing different stories from the people you thought you knew. The story probably won’t blow you away, but it gets the job done.
From a gameplay perspective, you move around from area to area, looking for clues and items that are scattered around. You use items you find to solve puzzles, unlock boxes, open doors, lift statues, etc. As you progress, there are voice acted cutscenes that move the story along. If by chance you don’t want to listen to the dialogue, you can skip it, and any information that played in the scene will be placed in a journal you can take a peek at whenever it’s convenient.
Adventure games can be hard to figure out at times, but Twin Moons tries to keep the game moving. If you stay in one area for a while, you’ll see glowing spots on the screen indicating what you might want to take a look at. You also have the option of skipping any of the mini-games if you decide not to play one.
All of this depends of course, on the difficulty that you choose at the beginning of the game. The easy and medium difficulties give you access to a hint system, in the form of a button that you push when you get stuck. The hint button can only be used a certain number of times before you reach a cool down period.
Twin Moons’ slow pace, serious tone, and relatively high price tag to unlock the full game may not appeal to everyone. But with the ability to try the game before you buy it, it’s at least worth a look if you enjoy adventure games.