The Mooseman [official site] is another one of those games which caught my eye for its colour palette – greyscale plus teal – but then went on to sound legit interesting in the description field. I love it when that happens: “You are the Mooseman and you have the ability to see all that is hidden to the mortal eye.”
I’m going to pop the whole description here because I enjoyed reading it:
“The Mooseman is an atmospheric 2D adventure game set in the mysterious lands of Perm chud’ tribes. The player’s avatar is the Mooseman; a mythological character from perm animal style objects, which we were greatly inspired by.
“You are a shaman and you have the ability to see the mysterious spirit world. You are about to visit three layers of this universe – the first one is the lower world where dwell ancients gods and spirits of the dead…
“The game is being developed by a small team of enthusiasts in Perm city, Russia. We call ourselves the Morteshka team (‘Mort’ – french for dead + ‘Matreshka’ – famous russian toy). We love all things mysterious, historical and atmospheric, and our games reflect that.”
It also keeps giving me little flashes of Year Walk – partly because of the layered 2D aesthetic and wintery colour palette, but also because of exploring older myths and traditions which grew up along a similar latitude and, despite their differences, are rooted in that chill and that darkness.
The Mooseman is over on Steam and via the official site at £4.99/6,99€/$6.99 with a slight launch discount at the moment.