|System: PS3 (PSN)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Fluffy Logic||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 29, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Control in Savage Moon is very straightforward and features a simple point-and-click system that allows you to use the directional button (or left thumbstick) to scroll around the map and highlight menu options. The X and O buttons are used to confirm and cancel, and that is about it. If there was one thing I would complain about, it would be the lack of shortcut buttons to help speed up going through the game's menus. But aside from that, the control works well.
Even though the gameplay in Savage Moon is very good, there are a few areas where there could have been some improvement. One such area is the graphics. The entire game has a very rustic color palette, and the reds and grays that dominate each level can definitely wear on the eyes. Another problem with the graphics is that they are far too simple. While I realize that Savage Moon is a downloadable title, only having a few recurring sand and cave structures in each level makes this game a very boring one to look at. Even though the little insect aliens do make things a little more interesting, these insects are all very small from the standard birds-eye perspective, and they don't do much to enhance the visuals.
Another area where this title comes up a little short is in the audio department. The background music is okay if you are only playing a few rounds, but it is very repetitive and can wear on you after awhile. The same is also true of the different alien bug sound effects, which are inoffensive at first, but lose their charm after a few rounds.
Of all the new tower defense games that have come out out recently, I have to say that I was very impressed with Savage Moon. Sure, it may not be a beauty in the graphics or audio department, but the layered combat and multitude of tactical options make Savage Moon a must for fans of the ever-evolving tower defense genre, and it isn't a bad choice for those who are interested in RTS-style games in general. As long as you can overlook its aesthetic shortcomings, you'll find a lot to love, and blow up, in Savage Moon!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor