Moonglow Bay isn’t perfect, but it reminded me why I love indies. This may be an astonishing admission for an Esports website editor, but my personal interest in AAA gaming has dwindled these last few years. I’ll make exceptions for Nintendo and the odd RPG, sure, but there’s something deeply refreshing about indie gaming’s creativity that keeps me invested.
Offering a slice-of-life fishing RPG premise, Moonglow Bay had me intrigued from the start. Marking Bunnyhug’s debut game, this adventure takes us back to 1980s Canada, as we'll attempt to restore a fractured community. It isn’t a perfect catch, but the game still has its plaice.
Block By Block
Without spoiling too much of the plot, Moonglow Bay doesn’t wait before pulling the emotional punches, beginning with a tale of sorrow and grief. Playing as a rookie fisherman, we find ourselves moving to the bay to pursue our partner’s dream, who sadly went missing at sea. Understandably, we’re stuck in a rut, unable to move on from this tragedy.
That is, until your daughter visits, encouraging you to get back into the world and realise that dream. And what a world you’ll find. Boasting a 3D voxel art style, Moonglow Bay is visually stunning and there’s no fixed perspective either, you can fully rotate this town for better exploration. That’s backed up by a lovely soundtrack from Lena Raine, which completely nails the Bay’s ambience.
Unfortunately, the Bay’s community isn’t as vibrant as these graphics, and you aren’t the only person in a rut. When a fishing town fears the sea, something’s gone deeply wrong. We’ll need to rebuild the bridges between this community by solving their problems, making new friends, and slowly restoring the Bay.
A Good Angler
To do this, you'll perform a loop of several core tasks. Naturally, fishing is high on the agenda, and we’ll be cooking/selling food across the village to raise money. Alternatively, we can donate those fish to the local aquarium to help revive it, renovate old houses and assist locals with various tasks, whilst discovering what happened to our partner. This all happens within a day and night system, so ensure you’re getting adequate rest.
There’s plenty to do, even if it doesn’t always present the most original ideas. Moonglow Bay’s premise is a lot of fun, it packs an entertaining loop and there’s reasonable depth to its cooking and fishing games.
There’s a few minigame challenges to navigate here, though unfortunately for cooking, it just isn’t that exciting, slowly becoming repetitive. As for fishing, there’s certainly a joy in discovering new types of fish, but it can feel relatively easy upon hitting some well-timed pulls. Honestly, I’d recommend playing this in smaller bursts to avoid burning out.
Moonglow Bay – Is It Worth It?
Bunnyhug has plenty to be proud of with their debut game. Presenting a charming adventure, Moonglow Bay’s filled with entertaining gameplay and a wonderful presentation that’s perfect for those seeking a more relaxed experience. Though it doesn’t completely nail the landing, this slice-of-life fishing RPG is worth a look.
Review copy provided by publisher.
Reviewed on PC using these specs, played with an Xbox Series controller.