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Odd indie horror game Ode to a Moon has a demo

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Indie dev Colorfiction reached out to let us know their next game has a Steam page (opens in new tab) and one on itch (opens in new tab), and that there's a little demo should anyone want to check it out. Sure, I thought, why not? And that kind of inconsequential decision is how every horror movie begins.

Ode to a Moon is a first-person spooking simulator in which you play a photojournalist who leaves the big city to cover a thanksgiving harvest festival in the country. An eclipse is going timed to occur simultaneously with the festival, and things are going to go wrong.

This all takes place in the 1980s, which is why there are VHS scanlines liberally overlaid everywhere. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be an actual recording, or if the occasional moments of fast-forward and video jumping are purely an aesthetic choice, but it's definitely an atmospheric one. When hours pass in an instant I'm reminded of 30 Flights of Loving.

This 10-minute demo is more of a mood piece than anything, getting you to the town where the Ode to a Moon festival is taking place at the same time as an eclipse, then having everything go woogly.

Colorfiction call their game "First Person Exploration focus with light action and puzzle elements." Less prosaically, they compare it to "Myst meets Silent Hill while on a stroll trough Tarkovsky’s Zone", which sure is a tasty list of influences.

Right now it doesn't have a release date. If you want to check out the demo yourself, here's the Steam page (opens in new tab) again, and here's itch (opens in new tab).

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and actually did play every Warhammer videogame.