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Best moons in games

Best moons in games


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landings we thought we would take a look back at some of the best uses of the moon in gaming history. First, here are some moon facts for you.

  1. The moon is the only natural satellite orbiting the Earth
  2. The moon’s diameter is 3,474 km
  3. The moon belongs to no one and is party to the same code of conduct as international waters
  4. The moon has a surface temperature of 107°C in sunlight and -153°C in shade
  5. The moon has a stabilising effect on the Earth’s Axis of rotation, stopping its poles from shifting drastically

But that’s enough of that, here are our favourite moon appearances in games:

castlevania-symphony-of-the-night-alucard-artCastlevania Series: Just about every incarnation of the Castlevania series has featured the moon prominently in its imagery. While it has only ever been a background element to the games, it still looms over the landscape, dwarfing the many castles and monsters of the series. It is the omnipotent presence of the series at once reassuring and terrifying in its vastness.

1051495580-00Duck Tales: The standout feature of the Moon level of Duck Tales on the NES was probably its music, which remains one of the most memorable and enjoyable scores of any videogame of that era. As a whole Duck Tales was surprisingly good. Certainly much better than most of the licensed rubbish we have to put up with these days. Well worth checking out it you’re interested in some retro fare.

3998_gta3_screenshotGrand Theft Auto III: GTA III featured a moon-related easter egg that would go on to appear in both Vice City and San Andreas. Basically you had to aim and shoot at the moon with a sniper rifle. ‘Hitting’ it would make the moon bigger. Shooting it again would make it smaller. It was a completely pointless mechanic, but one we enjoyed nonetheless.

Honorable mentions: We allowed Duck Tales as it came out before PlayStation existed, but there are some non-PS titles out there that deserve a nod, if not a full appraisal. Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is one game that instantly springs to mind given that the moon is  about to destroy the world. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 expansion pack Yuri’s Revenge also features a moon-based level, which is pretty cool. Ultimately though we need more moon-based games.

We’re bound to have forgotten plenty, though, so let us know what your favourite Moon moments are too.

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