The Moonlight Sonatas is another edition of the Forgotten Riddles series, and it’s as good as previous ones. It’s developed based on a very interesting story that goes more or less as follows: In the town of Godesberg lies the once famous Moonlight Opera House, home to the legendary 19th century composer Francis von Amadeus. Although the Opera House has been abandoned for many years, neighbors can hear beautiful and strange music playing from within its decaying walls. Some even claim that, during a full moon, a gaunt, ghostly figure can be seen standing on the second floor balcony. The city has given you access to the late composer’s documents, including a journal filled with riddles that correspond to the building’s many chambers. Now you have to solve the riddles to uncover the identity of this mysterious figure.
Beyond the story, the game could be categorized into the “seek & find” category. There are lots of games alike but this one is different from others since its particular dynamic. The game basically consists in looking for hidden objects in messy scenes which are the different rooms in the house. Instead of being provided with a list of items to find per scene, you’ll choose a riddle and the answer to that riddle would suggest the object you have to find in the scene. Each level requires you to find a certain amount of items. There are some hints available for you to use if you get stuck at any time. Of course, these hints are limited and will cost you a few seconds each time.
There are some additional puzzles included in the game. Let’s briefly describe them:
1. Transitional: you have to place objects logically into highlighted spots within the scene. Some objects can only be placed once certain scene changes have been triggered.
2. Dollhouse: this scene is interactive, so you can click everywhere.
3. Music Journal: this puzzle is optional. Snap a puzzle piece into the grid by matching its notes with those of the surrounding squares.
When you first enter the game, you’ll be asked for a player name and then you’ll be reaching the main menu with the following options on it:
- Player: the first time there’s no existing player. After you create one or more, they’ll be saved. When you enter into this submenu, you’ll be asked for a name as a new player. It’s possible to have a list of different profiles and record their performance. This way, you can play home tournaments with family and friends.
- Play: to start playing the first chapter of the game, after viewing a game introduction.
- Options: this is the menu from which you can set some game options like sound volume, music volume, and full/windowed screen.
- Help: to access information about the game rules.
- Scores, Credit and Quit: no further explanation required.
You can try this game for 60 minutes before you buy the licensed version. If you like it, you can buy this game for only 19.95 dollars, right from the Oberon Media Game Center, on the Web.
About the system requirements, is not that big computer that you need in order to run this game. Take a look to the list:
• Windows XP/Vista
• 128MB RAM
• 58MB Uncompressed Hard Drive Space
- It has good graphics and sound effects
- It’s a fun game with a great scenario
- You can buy it for an affordable price
- The interface is only available in English
- It’s not a multiplayer game
- Use on network is not supported