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Video Game / Moon Chronicles

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The DS cover for Moon, back before it was turned into Moon Chronicles.
In 2009 developer Renegade Kid published the Nintendo DS game Moon. Several years later the game was re-released as Moon Chronicles for the Nintendo 3DS, with plans to make it an Episodic Game, with the content from the original game making up the first "Season" and all-new content making up the second "Season." However this never panned out.

The year is 2058 and a strange underground alien complex has been discovered on the moon. Major Kane is sent in alone into the alien complex to uncover its dark secrets.

Tropes present in this work:

  • Aliens Are Bastards: The aliens in charge of the complex have been abducting humans and melting them down to make a narcotic.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Health pickups normally only restore a small amount of your health. If your health gets low enough, however, picking one up will bring you back up to full health.
  • BFG: The Seeker Pod launcher fires an energy projectile that creates a massive shockwave that kills anything in its path. Fortunately, the explosion doesn't affect you.
  • Bottomless Magazines: The Super Assault Rifle has unlimited ammo and never needs reloading. The Remote Access Droid's stun gun also has infinite ammo, though it still has to cool down after a certain number of shots. The other weapons in your arsenal avert this trope, though there's no manual reload button (though you can still reload by opening your weapon menu and moving the stylus over your current weapon).
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  • Boring, but Practical: The default weapon is the Super Assault Rifle or SAR. While it does the least amount of damage of Kane's guns, it makes up for it with it's rapid 3-round burst and unlimited ammo. Since it doesn't use ammo enemies will be more likely to drop health pickups when you use it.
  • Cool Car: The LOLA-RR10 is a moon buggy equipped with a laser and is used to traverse the surface of the moon.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Kane looks a lot like Dwayne Johnson.
  • Drone Deployer: At any point Kane can deploy the Remote Access Droid which can sqeeze into areas too small for Kane to enter. If the drone is destroyed it's gameover, but unlike Kane the drone's health does replenish and every time it is deployed it will have max health.
  • Episodic Game: Season one contains four episodes which repackage the content from the original DS game. The second season was intended to pick up where the first season left off and feature all-new content. Unfortunately, Renegade Kid never made it to the second season before shutting down in 2016.
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  • First-Person Ghost:Despite Kane having a third-person model in cutscenes and when using the Remote Access Droid, you can't see your legs when you look down.
  • First-Person Shooter: Very much in the vein of the Metroid Prime series, Moon Chronicles features exploration mixed in with its combat.
  • Hand Cannon: The Muon Pistol can kill most low and mid-level enemies with a single shot. When he picks it up, Kane notes that it seems to have been designed for hands larger than human-size.
  • Heart Container: There are artifacts that increase your health meter's capacity hidden throughout the game.
  • Human Resources: Turns out the complex has been abducting humans for decades, perhaps centuries, and processing them into a restorative fluid that's used by the aliens as a narcotic and acts as the games' health pickups.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: By the end of the game, you'll be carrying seven weapons and one drone rover in that space suit of yours.
  • Latex Space Suit: Averted. All human characters wear a spacesuit that is visually identical to modern day astronaut wear.
  • Longevity Treatment: It is eventually discovered that aliens have been harvesting humans for centuries in order to make a substance that restores health and prolongs life.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The majority of enemies you face are robots designed to guard the facility.
  • Mission Control: During the game you are in contact with your CO General Lambert and your tech guy Tsukigami. Later, an "unknown voice," who may or may not be an alien themselves, joins in.
  • Photoprotoneutron Torpedo: Some of the alien weapons you pick up have names like Muon Pistol, Lepton Spread or Fermion Sniper, implying they fire sub-atomic particles.
  • Religion Is Wrong: According to one of the information terminals, the aliens have been covertly introducing religious ideas to humanity to keep Earth politically divided.
  • Roswell That Ends Well: It's stated early in the game that mankind has known they weren't alone ever since the Roswell Incident, and that there may be a connection between that and the alien complex on the moon.
  • Ranged Emergency Weapon: The Remote Access Droid is equipped with an eight shot stun gun that replenishes ammo to defend it's self.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: The Lepton Spread basically functions as an energy shotgun, firing a spread of projectiles that deal heavy damage up close.
  • Shout-Out: The names Kane and Lambert are likely references to John Hurt and Veronica Cartwright's respective characters from Alien.
  • Space Marine: Kane is the head of a special task force and wears a traditional astronaut suit.
  • Taking You with Me: Alien soldiers will attempt this if you destroy their suits, charging the player and exploding. You can avoid this by aiming for the head.


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