If you thought Moo Lander was going to be a friendly and easy ride, you’d be wrong! This 2D adventure platformer is much more than that, taking the gaming genre back to its roots and presenting challenges that require in-depth thought and analysis.
In development by The Sixth Hammer, Moo Lander is due for release in Spring 2022. It will be available to play on PC (Steam), PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
As Lander, you’ll converse with Hamilton (the ship’s AI), and control the last remaining spaceship in an effort to find milk. In doing so, you’ll need to locate the Milk Generating Device (any guesses as to what that could be?).
Milk is one of the key elements of the game. It powers your ship’s defense and skills, unlocking new lethal and non-lethal abilities along the way.
Soon at the start of the game, you’ll unlock the Milk Shield. This is especially useful when facing enemies in blocking attacks, and deflecting attacks back at them.
Gameplay On Mars
Playing the first five minutes of Moo Lander, set on normal difficulty, resulted in me dying around 20 times. There are three difficulty levels to choose from: easy, medium, and hard. I’m sure glad I didn’t choose hard.
In addition to single-player, there is also Mooltiplayer where you and your friends can enjoy different game modes, including taking control of cows.
Searching for an eternal supply of milk, you’ll start exploring the planet with some really enjoyable and funny commentary.
Along the way, you’ll be faced with challenging puzzles and conundrums you’ll need to complete to progress further in the game.
Almost everything in Moo Lander will kill you, so my recommendation would be to not touch anything.
You will need to continue exploring the planet for missing parts and weapons. The ultimate goal is, of course, to harness enough cows to provide your planet with a sufficient amount of milk.
A Visually Appealing Experience
After playing the Moo Lander extended demo, I feel this game has a lot of potential. It’s certainly not “just another platformer”.
The graphics were incredible; it definitely had an Ori vibe about it, offering a complex array of monsters, environment, and management in order to equip your ship with the tools to save your people.
Moo Lander’s leveling system offers up milk points that can be spent on new skills and upgrades. You’ll need to consider your approach carefully in order to confront demonizing enemies, bosses, and cows.