Moss Meta-Review

Release date: February 27, 2018

Developer: Polyarc

Publisher: Polyarc

Platform: PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure game, Puzzle

“Meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her quiet forest settlement. One day while exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious Glass Relic and an ancient magic is awakened. Dramatic events quickly unfold as a distant evil extends its reach. With her uncle now in grave danger, Quill must embark on an epic journey—and she needs you there by her side. Together, you’ll travel to forgotten realms, solve challenging puzzles, and battle menacing enemies. Alone, no one can conquer what you’re up against. But united, you just may defeat even the darkest of villains. Immerse yourself in the world of Moss to help write the story of a hero in the making.” — playstation.com

Meta Critic Rating: 84%

“For a few all-too-brief hours, I felt like I had a precious little pet mouse. That’s the magic of Moss.

The PlayStation VR action-adventure game cleverly imagines you as a towering “reader,” a sort of benevolent apparition that protects a young mouse named Quill (who so happens to be the protagonist of the book you’re reading). She’s on a journey to rescue her uncle in a miniature fantasy world.

What makes Moss so impressive is that it works on multiple levels. The narrated story and setting could believably exist in a children’s novel not unlike Redwall. The puzzles and combat are well-polished with a nice and breezy feel. And the sense of scale brought on by VR is often astounding.”

Source: Destructoid – Jordan Devore

Digital Trends Rating: 9/10

“While the premise is standard fairy tale fare, Moss’ approach to telling its story still manages to delight. In between chapters, you return to the cathedral to turn the pages of the deftly illustrated tome. A single narrator reads the whole tale, taking on different voices and inflections, and ramping up the tension in a way that is deeply reminiscent of a parent skillfully and animatedly reading a bedtime story.”

Source: Digital Trends – Steven Petite

IGN Rating: 8.4/10

“Moss’ simple story of rescuing Quill’s uncle from a tormenting evil force isn’t its most enjoyable aspect, but it works. I like that you’re reading a living storybook from inside a cathedral between chapters, and the audiobook-style presentation by a talented voice actress kept me interested. You won’t find a ton of world-building, however, and the story doesn’t so much conclude as simply assume there’s going to be a sequel to continue the tale. And I truly hope there is!

The Verdict
Moss made a wonderful first impression and never let up. Spending four hours with Quill in this VR world was a joy, and no one element or environment type wears out its welcome. Its mix of combat and puzzles hooked me quickly, always kept things fresh, and left me wanting more.”

Source: IGN – Ryan McCaffery

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