MirrorMoon EP is a game about mystery and exploration set in outer space. These space travels begin on a red planet and its unique moon and extend across galaxies. The single player part of MirrorMoon EP blends adventure and exploration with navigation-based puzzle solving.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (162 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 4, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"An artful mystery where the exploration is infused with a real sense of wonder."
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Reviews

"Genuinely invokes the early days of human exploration"
9/10 - Eurogamer

"With beautiful artistic touches throughout and gameplay that doesn’t feel traditional at all, the experience that is MirrorMoon EP is one that will likely stick with me for years"
10/10 - Shogun Gamer

"[...] one of the most dazzling moments I’ve ever experienced in a game"
Indie Statik

"When I was a kid, I was deathly afraid of space. The stark, vast beauty of the night sky both entranced and terrified me [...] While I have long since overcome those fears, MirrorMoon brought the memories of them back with a vengeance. I have never played a game that captures the simple and dangerous beauty of space quite like it."
Game Front

"More Abstract Puzzle Games Like MirrorMoon EP, Please"
Kotaku

About This Game

MirrorMoon EP is a game about mystery and exploration set in outer space.
These space travels begin on a red planet and its unique moon and extend across galaxies.
The single player part of MirrorMoon EP blends adventure and exploration with navigation-based puzzle solving. The multiplayer of MirrorMoon EP lets players share Galaxy Maps with other players: the first explorers to land on a planet will be able to name its Star System and that name will be forever bound to the star for any other fellow traveler who encounters it.

Each Galaxy consists of a thousand Systems: it will be possible to fully discover the mysteries of MirrorMoon EP only while collaborating with other players.
Through the apparently indecipherable cockpit of an unknown spacecraft, players will be able to locate and travel to mysterious planets. Each planet has artifacts, buildings, and puzzles on its surface, hidden in astonishing low-poly sceneries.



MirrorMoon was nominated for the Nuovo Award for innovation in games at Independent Game Festival 2013 and was also part of the Official IndieCade and Fantastic Arcade 2012 selections. Since then, MirrorMoon has grown considerably. EP stands for Extended Play, representing all the new content that we added for the official release.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: XP SP3 +
    • Processor: 2.0GHz CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6 +
    • Processor: 2.0GHz CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10
    • Processor: 2.0GHz CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
122 of 150 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
This game is beautiful and i really want to like it.
there seemed to be some kind of story and coherency at the beginning, but as far as i know the game has no end and goes on forever, you endlessly explore randomly generated planets (the bad kind of randomly generated i.e empty feeling and seeing the same things on multiple planets) and give them a name once you've found a white orb, why and for what? once you've explored an entire galaxy you just rinse and repeat with a new galaxy. finding those damn orbs on those empty planets with simplistic puzzles

i like art and slow burning exploration games. but in this case i can't help but ask: is there even a point, a goal?
and from what i've read on forums there isn't. and if that's the case this game just might be 2avantgarde4me. i heard about some kind of anomaly that you can find though, and i've seen ringed-in stars in the sky, but it's impossible to triangulate their position based on the information you are given. and if finding the anomaly is the point of the game, the journey getting there is too bland and empty for me to want to bother

i'm all for mystery, no handholding and a "the journey is the goal". but this game just might take those to such an extreme that it comes off as pretentious, farfetched and frustrating, it took me hours to even figure out how the ship worked, (most of that time went to trying to calculate what the numbers on the screens meant, finally understood that they were parsecs, fuel and coords etc) i've read interviews and i know that they wanted the ship to be a mystery and something you have to figure out, but to me, making it a mystery seemed only to serve as a filler to extend gametime and keep you intrested. and understandably so, because learning to operate the ship is more fun than actually exploring the planets. not only because the planets feel empty, but because the cockpit actually is one of the strenghts of the game, it is very detailed and everything you see inside it has meaning and every button does something. which even real simulator games fail to do right, the cockpit in train simulator for instance is just a toy, you can only operate a few essential levers and buttons and the rest is just window dressing. train simulator should learn from mirrormoon's cockpit. it's good.


but ultimatly the game suffers the same problems the tv show LOST does, too many questions and too few answers and all filler and frustration inbetween, and the answers you do get are farfetched and/or hamfisted.

now you might just think i'm not very patient but there is a difference between slowburners and bad pacing: a slowburner is well thought out; on how it will be percieved by the consumers, what message it wants to deliver and WHAT message it wants to deliver. you can extend running time in a manner that doesn't feel like filler and ask questions and keep the answers away from the consumer without being annoying. take 2001 a space odyssey for example, or the game FRACT OSC. those are good because they have soul, an artistic vision, are well thought out and takes into account how it will be perceived and experienced. And since mirrormoon is randomly generated (at least i think so, otherwise the leveldesign just sucks) there is no thought and structure put into the progression of game. making it feel soulless and empty, mirrormoon's artistic vision is beautiful though, but the progression and gameplay is kind of like fumbling in the dark to find marbles and once you got them all you throw them out on the floor to do the same thing again. now that might sound like some kind of avant garde flashmob act, but is it fun? not to me at least.
Posted: May 24
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37 of 49 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
I don't know how to do anything and it's amazing. I press a button and something happens. I press another button and nothing happens. Trial and error teaches me to pilot my spaceship. I am on a tiny planetoid. I grab the moon and make an eclipse.

I'm being vague and bewildering because this game is vague and bewildering and to explain it, if I could, would be to ruin it. Luckily I can't explain it, except that it's beautiful and strange and it reminds me of trying to figure out old DOS RPGs without a manual when I was eight.

If you like explorational puzzle solving this is a game you should buy.
Posted: June 2
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33 of 48 people (69%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
I am slowly learning to travel in space.
Time is a meaningless variable that slips through my fingers.
Stopping requires a lot a energy while moving feels almost like staying still.

Breathing is hard inside the machine.
I need to stay calm.
Posted: June 18
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
OK, I bought this game a couple days ago and started by putting a couple hours on it. I made it through Side A (basically the tutorial) and visited a few stars in Side B (the main game). If I had written the review at that point it would have been a fairly negative one. The next day I decided to have another go at it before writing a bad review. My intent was to only play an hour or so... I ended up spending basically the whole day and logged about eight more hours on it, lol. Needless to say, MirrorMoon had really grown on me and I had slowly fallen in love with this game.

I think my initial negative reaction was because I was expecting something more of a puzzle game along the lines of Kairo, which MirrorMoon is not. The A Side of the game is definitely a puzzle and there are some nice "ah-ha" moments when you first figure out how to do something. The game doesn't do much hand-holding and you're thrown into this mysterious world without even a clue as to what you are even doing. The "tutorial" part is only some very brief tips about the basic controls of the game (as in what keys do what). You are left to try to understand everything on your own and it works hugely to the advantage of this title. A huge part of the enjoyment of this game is the mystery of it all. A side note here: if you look an any guides about this game before playing you'll be doing yourself a terrible disservice.

In Side B you are left to explore the universe and I think the "puzzle" part of the game mostly ends here. Every star you visit will be a variation on the puzzles you've solved on Side A. Some take a few minutes to solve and sometimes the exit it literately right in front of you. You should already know how to solve them though and it becomes simply a matter of doing it. At first I found this tedious and repetitive... then I realized I was looking at this all the wrong way. If you approach each star as a problem to be solved I don't think you're going to enjoy it very much. The better approach is to look at each world as something to explore and experience. Just relax and enjoy the atmosphere (this game tons of it). Once I started looking at it from this point of view I found the game to be quite enjoyable.

The good: Simple but nice looking graphics, wonderful soundtrack, very atmospheric and mysterious universe to explore.

The bad: Not much variation on the look of the planets or the puzzles to be solved.

The ugly: I've had a few crashes. It's always just as I arrive at a star and the game closes without warning. Not a huge issue but it's annoying since it always starts me back at the star I started from instead of the one I just arrived at. It doesn't happen very often and I'm on the Linux version so it may not affect everyone.
Posted: July 19
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
A beautiful, creative little game with interesting and uniqe puzzels and gameplay.
Posted: May 13
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95 of 99 people (96%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
A procedrually generated space themed environmental puzzle game with a focus on exploration and navigation. Puzzles are procedurally generated and run the range of obvious and simple to clever and surprising. And sometimes even after the anamoly is solved there will still be things to do and discover on the planet, revealing easter eggs and other surprises. Once an anomaly is solved you get the right to name the star, as players explore the galaxy and solve anomalies the galaxy fills up with the unique signatures of various astronauts. This is a starkly beautiful game, evocative of the Italian underground indie freeware classic Noctis. The visual themes call back to Kubrick and Tarkovsky's work. This game is all about the journey.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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