On a recent flight, I’d foolishly forgotten my Nintendo Switch and was desperately downloading mobile games at the gate. I turned to Twitter for recommendations and of the ones I got, Night of the Full Moon has stuck with me long beyond the 2-hour flight that I needed it for. While there is a PC version available, I’ll be talking about the mobile version.
Night of the Full Moon is a deck-building RPG where you play as Little Red Riding Hood and use the cards in your hand to defeat a variety of different enemies and monsters as you progress through the story.
So is it worth downloading?
- Easy to play
- Excellent character design and visuals
- Great audio
- Small and difficult-to-read text
Since Night of the Full Moon is a deck-building game, you might think that you’d need to be an avid card game enthusiast to give it a go. Fortunately, it’s really easy to play and since it’s a digital game, you don’t need to work out all the compounding status effects, buffs, debuffs, etc. that can make these games inaccessible to those who’ve never played them,.
While the text can be difficult to read on some of the cards and the menu items (at least on my phone), colours are used effectively to convey information to the player. Similarly, you can also zoom in on the cards or current effects to read more about.
Other than that, the visuals are also really nice to look at and the cartoony style of works well to take the edge off the dark setting.
Additionally, the character design in this game is fantastic. I’ve found a lot of RPGs to be held back by poor character design and a limited number of enemies. Nothing sucks the fun out of RPGs more than running into the same Zubats, Slimes, or Cactuars!
The variety of characters is not only helped by their visual design, but also by the great audio design of the game. I really enjoy the hammy and daft voice acting that they’ve chosen for the game and it really helps give enemies more life. When this game says “Wearing headphones is recommended”, listen to it. You won’t be sorry!
Once you’re done playing the free version, there is DLC you can pay for and I think a lot of players will be happy to pay the small amount their asking for in order to get even more out of this great title whose only real criticism is that it the game is quite short.
Night of the Full Moon isn’t just a good mobile game, it’s a good game, full stop! Despite having plenty of other great indie games to play on other platforms, I keep finding myself picking up my phone to play this game which seems odd since I didn’t even have to pay for it!