Moose are always up to shenanigans and you can now experience what it's like to be a moose via a PlayStation VR game. Neat, huh?
As a bear, I sometimes wonder what it's like to be a moose. I see them in the forest popping pills, turning purple, shooting digitized invaders, herding sheep, deploying barrages of camels, flipping upside-down and running along a plane that only they can see, and all that jazz yet I never understood the appeal of any of it until now. At its core, Moose Life is kind of like 2 Atari classics: Tempest and Defender. What's similar to Tempest is that you move left and right along a linear plane while shooting towards the screen in order to deal with encroaching enemies. It's also a bit like Defender in that you can go forward or backward as you shoot and you also herd sheep which kind of feels like saving humans from aliens but far more crucial to the betterment of planet Earth. What the heck was I talking about? I like Moose Life. It's a cool game that's a lot of fun. Perhaps I should discuss it a bit more so you can see if you would enjoy it, too.
Moose Life's core gameplay is extremely simple as all you do is shoot stuff while moving in 4 directions. You can also flip upside-down to take care of enemies on the plane overhead. While you're at it, you'll find all sorts of pills bouncing around which act as Moose Life's power-ups and they can have some surprising effects. For example, acquiring a spread shot or rapid-fire projectiles turns your standard shot into a force to be reckoned with. There are a lot of power-ups and events to experiment with so being able to survive and get a higher score is quite rewarding as you learn what to do within the many scenarios that you'll face along your perilous journey. Plus, if you manage to climb the online rankings then you'll really feel like a champion moose. Thankfully, the gameplay is complemented with a fantastic presentation that's full of lighthearted text and flashy effects which make playing it a joy if it doesn't make you super-dizzy.
Speaking of getting dizzy, Moose Life can be quite an overwhelming game to take in, especially when the difficulty ramps up in later levels. In fact, it can be easy to lose track of your moose at times as the environment fills with enemies, power-ups, projectiles, and allies. It's also sometimes tricky to discern what's what so here's hoping you don't collect an enemy or projectile while thinking that it's a sheep or a delicious pill. I also wish that there were more modes which played with the core shooting gameplay in clever ways. Instead, it's a mostly arcade setup with varying difficulties and the ability to select any stage that you've previously made it to.
If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to be a moose then Moose Life is the perfect simulation game. However, those who prefer not to pop pills and shoot everything in sight will have a tricky time seeing what all of the hullabaloo is about.
- + Simple and highly entertaining shooting with ridiculous power-ups and stuff
- + Fun-filled atmosphere and text
- + Climbing leaderboards is a challenge
- - The visuals sometimes get so chaotic that it's easily to lose track of your moose
- - Could use additional modes to help mix up the somewhat basic shooting gameplay