After three years of waiting, Mooneye’s long-suffering project Lost Ember is finally out, offering players one of the most meditative and interesting adventures of 2020. Similar in atmosphere and emotions to the brilliant Journey, the story of Lost Ember raises important questions of love, loyalty, hate, pride and responsibility for actions.
In the role of a she-wolf, you must find your own way to the city of light, accompanied by a spiritual companion, a firefly, who will guide you through the world of memories and help you understand the depth of the crime.
Divided into seven chapters, the story tells about a forgotten civilization, the struggle for freedom and the importance of reconciliation, first of all, with oneself. Following in the company of a ball of light, you travel through the ruins of destroyed settlements, explore dark caves, run in the footsteps of a departed people, overcoming expanses of water, cliffs and sandstorms covering the sky.
To find out the past, you activate special bonfires. The she-wolf can inhabit other animals, gaining their unique abilities for a while. Fish can dive and jump on streams of running water, funny wombats can gather in a ball and slide down the mountain or chew blue berries. Birds will help to soar in the air, and sharp-horned tours – to climb the cliffs and break through the hard rubble with their foreheads.
A total of 15 species of animals and fish await you, each offering a meditative immersion in gameplay. Separately, we can note collectible items that are directly related to the plot or its characters, and unique species of animals that differ from the rest in their light color.
The soundtrack, from Rockstar North Music Director Craig Conner and fellow senior engineer Will Morton, features minor instrumental themes paired with atmospheric male vocals. Music played at important moments of plot revelations only enhances the emotional experiences of the player.
Graphically, Lost Ember cannot boast of any special revelations, but the character models and animation are done at a decent level, although the environment sometimes scares with primitive textures.
The she-wolf looks like a coyote from the Looney Toons cartoon, while the rest of the animals look like their real counterparts. In some scenes, due to special effects, the characters are similar to the characters of a puppet cartoon. But this whole game with technology does not cause rejection.
With a short duration, Lost Ember sometimes seems too long. Some sections, in the absence of opponents or dangers, stretch over time, pushing the player in a not too obvious direction.
In addition, certain restrictions, such as the level of flight of birds or the inability to explore the towers of a forgotten civilization, cause slight disappointment. Otherwise, Mooneye’s game is a beautiful meditative adventure in which you can enjoy a unique environment, feel the power of nature and learn the tragic story of two heroes tied by one important secret.
Mooneye’s game is a beautiful meditative adventure in which you can enjoy a unique environment, feel the power of nature and learn the tragic story of two heroes tied by one important secret.