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For the Moon Never Beams

by J. Michael

Horror
2019

(based on 8 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

Springtime, 1993. Prom night. A lonely road on the way to the big dance. This should be a magical evening, but your date suddenly seems distant and withdrawn. Is it something you said? Or perhaps something more sinister is going on...

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Current Version: 1.00
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Cruel
IFID: 14D6D04C-29C1-42C5-BE10-4E6D60E3977C
TUID: ypdaxuepuej0q1gu

Awards

22nd Place - 25th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2019)

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A compact teen horror game with difficult puzzles , November 19, 2019
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours
I beta-tested this game.

This game is is a horror story that effectively borrows elements of both games and pop-culture from the 80s. This is a monster-focused horror game set with two kids driving the boy's car to prom, with the date wearing the boy's ring. It brings to mind the music video for Thriller or parts of Back to the Future.

Gameplay-wise, this has elements from older games as well. There are numerous timers on the game (including one that killed me off at 70 points as I was playing the competition version), a maze, and a complex machinery.

I like this game, both as a tester and as a player. It can get frustrating at times, though. I recommend playing past the first scene and seeing if you like the overall feel of the game or not.

Deadly horror puzzler, December 27, 2019
by Stian
Related reviews: IFComp 2019
For the Moon Never Beams is a tricky horror puzzler, though most of the trickiness comes from not really knowing what you are supposed to achieve, rather than from being easily devoured. I would have appreciated some inner thoughts from the protagonist giving clues about the end goal. Should I flee or should I fight? Is there hope of salvation at the end? After having played it twice (earning 10 and 70 points out of 100, respectively) I still have no clue. This, I felt, was also its greatest weakness. On the other hand, both the writing and the implementation are solid, and the pacing emphasized by a constant fear of dying is great.

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