6180 the moon Reviews

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TA Score for this game: 1,072
Posted on 16 March 17 at 20:21
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6180 The Moon is a puzzle platformer that tells the story of our eponymous satellite that sets off to find the Sun after it fails to rise. The journey across Earth, Venus, Mercury and the Sun are presented as a series of platform based levels, first forward and then reversed.

The game's core mechanic involves linking the top and the bottom of the screen, so if you fall off the bottom you'll simply reappear at the top instead of falling to your death. But that's not to say you can't die, because you will. A lot. It might present itself as a relaxing game for the first few levels, but soon plenty of spikes that sometimes require pixel perfect jumping appear between you and your destination. It's here that the big flaw in the mechanics become apparent. If you jump off the top of the screen and appear at the bottom you will lose momentum, which is good since it allow a slower and more accurate descent over an obstacle. However, if you fall down again you will simply keep dropping at such a rate it makes the chances of getting past even a single spike very low.

Graphics wise 6180 is very basic and dull. A very rudimentary graphics style isn't an automatic negative – Thomas Was Alone for example just used blocks, but had a strong enough personality to make it part of the charm. Here it's just rather bland and unmemorable, music and sound likewise.

If I had to pick a word to describe 6180 it would be aggravating. The problem with the design is that you have no time to plan beyond the first jump, meaning a lot of trial and error. The only thing more frustrating than not being able to solve a puzzle is knowing what to do but repeatedly failing, and half the time it just felt like I got through a section by pure luck rather than skill. The checkpoints are at least generous though, and at only 2 1/2 hours or so it is an easy gamerscore boost.

Achievements wise the game is very straightforward, all but two are story related and those are easy to obtain. That 1000g and low price are however the only real reasons I could recommend the game, since ultimately playing it feels more like work than enjoyment.
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