Mooch is an arcade experience where player must rely only on his reflex and agility. Main protagonist is puppet Blink who starts dangerous mission to find soul pieces of his friend Tula. Watch your every step. Even passages that seem safe may hide deadly traps.
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Release Date: Sep 7, 2015

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The story begins in the underground world ruled by the Puppet Master. The evil lord creates puppets, enslaves them and forces them to work in his mines. They do not realize that beyond the narrow corridors of their mines, there is a much bigger and more colorful world. One of the slaves named Blink, accidentally discovers that outside the mines is a place full of light, fresh air and freedom - an outside world. He decides to take matters into his own hands and escape from the mines with his friend Tula. Unfortunately, they were captured by the machine, and Tula was torn apart. Pieces of her soul have scattered through the underground world. Blink has been thrown into the prison where he awaits his doom. This is not the end of the story, it is just the beginning, which will lead to many unusual events.
Embark on a great adventure as the little puppet. You play as Blink who manages to escape from his prison cell. This little guy's mission is to collect pieces of Tula's soul and bring her back to life. The end of the story depends on the player's decisions.

Watch your every step. Even passages that seem safe may hide deadly traps. Puppet Masters' machines are constantly lurking for the hero and his only way to survive is to outsmart them. Mooch is an arcade game where players must rely on their reflex, agility and tactical skills.

Additional information about the game

Hand-crafted graphics - game assets were hand drawn.
Supported languages: English, Russian and Polish
• Players can use gamepad or mouse and keyboard
• Over 25 types of enemies and 9 dreadful bosses
3 unique worlds
Different story endings dependant on player's actions
Special ending for hardcore players
Secret passages
Dark mood - grim levels, dead ends, narrow corridors, deadly traps

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Dual core 2.3 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Core i5 @3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Mooch is a challenging and fun arcade experience

Title: MOOCH
Genre: Indie, adventure
Developer/publisher: Crank Goblin


The story is actually really simple.
You are Blink, a cute looking puppet living in the underground world. The underground world is being ruled by a puppet master who created the puppets to work for him in the mines, he enslaves them.
What the puppets dont know is that there is a colourful and amzing world outside the mines. Blink and Tula accidently discover the outside world and decide to escape. They get captured and tula is torn in half. Her soul is now scattered (you will have to collect those pieces throughout the game in order to move to the next level), Blink is thrown in prison. This is where the game starts.
You have to escape and find all the soul pieces from Tula. To bring her back to life.


This is an arcade game where you have to defeat your enemies and outsmart obstacles. You have to avoid lasers and other dangerous traps, every map is different and offers new challenges.
You experience this adventure from a birds perspective, you see Blink and what Blink sees. Watch carefull around every corner as you embark on this journey.
The controls are really simple.
  • WASD to move around.
  • Mouse to look around.

Like the badass that I am, I chose for the HARD difficulty which was remarkably easy at first.
But I soon came to the conclusion that I made a big mistake choosing this difficulty. The first 15 levels were all pretty easy but then the nightmare began.
I had to retry almost every level over 20 times to finish it. The satisfaction of finishing a level on hard difficulty.. it's great! \(^^)/

Performance , graphics and atmosphere.

The game runs fine and I encountered no glitches in the game so far.
The graphics are nothing special but they bring the griddy and dark atmosphere alive, it adds a unique feeling to the game.
The music also fits the game really well! The art style is great and everything is hand crafted by the developers.
A big shoutout to the developers!

Let's move on; the PROS and the CONS for Mooch.

  • Griddy dark atmosphere
  • Music fits the game well
  • Responsive controls
  • Challenging levels
  • Good variety of enemies
  • Boss(battles) are well designed
  • Great art design
  • Throwback to older arcade games
  • Great fun for a good price
  • Level design is well done (fits your small field of vision)
  • Some levels are really hard. maybe to hard.
  • Some paths with traps are so narrow its hard to not fail.
  • If you die you have te replay the entire mission
  • The stress and frustration you get when you only needed one more and you die by the most random spikes on the walls

Final conclusion:

Mooch can be frustrating and a pain in the ♥♥♥ at some levels. But im sure as hell going to give it my best untill I complete every level!
Its a great indie game developed by only a few people.
I have to give credit for their great work.
Overall the game is a great challenge and it has enough variety to make you keep coming back to finish that one level you couldn't get past. It entertains like no other and the music also suits the game.
The characters and levels are well designed and the bosses are a even harder challenge. For this price I'd say its well worth your time and money. Play it for 30 minutes to 1 hour a day untill you get frustrated and quit.
After all you probably will come back the next day to finish what you started. The story is fine and the voiceacting was good enough. The gameplay is simple and solid.

The game is well worth picking up for this price. Support the developers for their hard work!
I would rate "Mooch" a solid 8/10!

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
It's an original game with its own identity. The levels start off very easy but soon become quite difficult. It's a fun game & for a decent price. It's a good game to just play to relax instead of getting extra stress (like FPS).

It's the devs their first game & built on a low budget. The only time you'll really notice is during the storry telling where they used a robotvoice, you notice it but it doesn't ruin the storry at all.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Mooch is adventure game what have a very unique style.
In this game you are a small creature what been created by evil lord: "Puppet Master". In this dark underground world you and other same creatures forced to work to yours devil creator. Once you and your friend named Tula decided to escape from there, but sadly a lord captured you and your friend. Tula was been torn apart after this, the part of her soul was scattered in whole dark dungeon.

So this is a main story of game, your mission is first escape from a prison and collect all parts of you friend in this dungeon. But not all so easy how sounds. Here you will found a lot of different blades, enemies and bosses what you should avoid or beat. Overall more than 25 type enemies and 9 bosses you will found here. For all you should chose a different tactic and be very careful, because when you die you should start from the beginning the actual level. To beat a level you should collect all parts of souls on that level. The game control is enough easy, with keyboard you are moving and with mouse you are look around, also you can easily set a mouse sensitivity. Also a game have other very nice features for example a different story endings or a hidden passages.
The graphic style is awesome, this is enough dark but looks very good and also this is hand-crafted! The game sound are also good.

So my verdict

+different endings
+nice hand made graphic
+nice story
+challenging gameplay
+different enemies
+music and sounds fits to game
+easy control
+steam cards and achievements

-some level can be hard
-sometimes can be frustrating when you die to many time

Well this game is unusual an challenging. The atmosphere and style is really dark, this well fitting to the story. Sounds and music is also fit to this all well. You can set difficulty at start, but this not bring to much help in some levels, so if you die again and again its can be frustrating. Anyway i really can recommend this game if you are want to get a some unusual and challenging for enough good price.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
The plot of Mooch is simple. The Puppet Master created puppets and forced them to work in the mines. Those poor puppets have no idea about the outside world until one of them, Blink, discovers that the outside world really exists. Blink and his friend Tula decide to escape the mines but one of the guards foils their plans by tearing Tula apart. Her soul becomes scattered across the underground and Blink has to find every piece of it before escaping.

You play as Blink and collect soul fragments which look like small, white orbs of light. There are 3 worlds, 24 levels in each one and every 8 levels there's a boss that the hero has to outsmart. That's right, outsmart as you don't have any weapons so your only option is to avoid enemies and run from them when necessary. The atmosphere is dark and even though you see the world from the top you can only see as much as Blink. That's mostly because underground is dark and Blink uses his flashlight mounted on his head to scatter the darkness. Music is nice and fits the atmosphere of Mooch very well. Graphics are also plausible and I especially like the fact that the gameplay takes place in the middle of the screen and the rest is dark - it creates an unique feeling and makes immersion into the game world a lot easier. I also have to say that the game is pretty challenging, I've finished roughly 50% of Mooch so far but I can already say that the second one world is definitely harder than the first one. But for those that don't like hard challenges and want to relax I can recommend "easy" game mode where everything is easier.


+ Very good gameplay
+ Nice graphics
+ Good, dark atmosphere
+ Interesting music fitting the game very well
+ Nice boss "fights"
+ Challenging
+ Sometimes makes you think
+ Fair price


- If you die you have to replay the whole level

Overall, I can recommend Mooch to pretty much everyone who likes indie adventure/stealth kind of games.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
An Original Throwback
Mooch is a very fun, and sometimes frustratingly hard, topdown arcade/adventure game in a hand-drawn art style where you play as Blink -- a man on a mission to find all the pieces of his friend Tula's soul.

The game is immersive and innovative and will have you replaying a level over and over until you can beat it.

I recommend this game to anyone that likes a challenge.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
I was given a key to review this game by the dev.
I've been playing this on a Dual Core 2.1GHz laptop, which is less than the minimum required specs.

Mooch. One of those games that kinda got buried by the avalanche of indie titles hitting the Steam store for a few years now. Tbh, I probably hadnt noticed it if a friend didnt tell me about it. A problem many indie devs experience.

The game is pretty simple. The main character, a puppet named Blink, is a slave working in the mines for the evil Puppet Master. He discovers there's a world outside the mines and decides to escape with his girlfriend. The girl gets caught and torn apart (ouch). Blink needs to fix this and he can do that by picking up all the soul orbs lying around each level, pacman style.
Each level is small and is completed when all the orbs have been collected. That wouldnt be a difficult task if there werent some obstacles. The enemies are robots, trapped floor tiles, lasers, etc.
After completing a number of levels you'll meet a boss. Until now I met The Spider Bot (who moves around the area shooting lasers and The Worm (a worm throwing bombs at you.) Pretty simple if you ask me but it makes the game a little less repetitive.
Steering Blink is simple. Its WASD to move Blink and the mouse is used to rotate the camera.
Animations, graphics and sound effects are ok.
Overall, its a nice little casual game. Better than most of the indie titles I've played. Its ok priced and it works on basically every pc or laptop.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Mooch is a game that should be in every gamer's library because it has the perfect combination of story & atmosphere while equal amounts of arcade and strategy elements that make for a fun ride.

The story starts off rather sombre with the main character watching his friend being ripped apart and his ultimate decision to go collect the fragments of her soul. This sets the tone as you head off collecting her soul orbs as you progress through ever more challenging levels.

I liken this game to a topdown version on Limbo where quick reflexes and a game plan are essential to completing a level. Death is at every turn as you bob & weave through flying saw blades, sentry robots and other booby traps. Even the walls in the often narrow passage ways are all blade edged and can kill with the slightest touch.

I found myself getting frustrated on several levels but that just urged me to continue attempting different stratigies. The Worm boss shooting out his heat-seeking, exploding marbles was particularly challenging but very satisfying when you finally defeat it.

If it wasn't for the store page I would have never known there is controller support as there is no reference to it anywhere in the settings menus. After trying WASD & mouse controls I found I much more preferred using the dual analog sticks on my controller.

I'm not sure of the country of origin for this game but I did notice some sentence structure issues in the intital game dialogue which I attribute to poor translation but it is not a deal breaker by any stretch and you still get the gist of what is going on.

Overall I give this games two thumbs up and for the very affordable price it should be a no-brainer that you pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
genre : arcade puzzle

score : 8/10

You play as Blink, an enslaved by an evil lord puppet, that's trying to escape from the mines and collect the pieces of your friend's soul, in order to bring her back to life.

+ Dark atmosphere, immersive environment that fits the story.
+ Delightful hand drawn graphics, game is very polished for an indie game with low budget.
+ Excellent sound effects and soft in game music that fits the setting. The sound effect when dying can work as a jump scare sometimes :)
+ Mooch is an arcade/puzzle game , where you play pretty small areas each level and your goal is to collect the dots, that represent fragments of Tula's (your friends) soul, in a pacman style of game. At the same time you have to avoid numerous traps and enemies. Traps can be lasers, traps that appear from the floor as you walk over them, moving or static walls with spikes, holes in the ground and many more. Enemies are varied, most of them have a pattern you can watch and learn to avoid them, others explode when they touch you. Many boss stages that are unique each time and pretty hard to complete. Game has 3 worlds with many levels each and a unique setting each. Game is pretty challenging (at normal difficulty that i play, i can't imagine playing it at hard) , but most of the times nothing is random, but depends on your skill.
+ Excellent controls, the movement of both blink and the camera is very fluid using wasd and mouse. Your field of view is what blink can see and this is done excellent as it plays a vital role in the gameplay itself. (usually you die from things that come outside your field of view).
+ Pretty long for an indie game, completed the 1st world in 2 hours, although it starts pretty easy, you will die a lot and retry most of the levels numerous times.

- More story elements with the use of cutscenes or notes would be welcome. (first cutscene was pretty nice, expected more later on).
- Gameplay is sometimes unforgiving, maybe too hard, might loose patience and rage quit. Maybe a checkpoint system at low difficulty would please some. Not on normal or hard though since it would change the whole structure of the game.
- Maybe a bug, but explosions generally should be coded better, since even if you avoid them, if you change the camera fast looking at them you will die.

Certainly this is a great first effort from an indie developer , that managed to develop a pretty unique and polished game. A really smart game where nothing is random and progress depends on your skill. Recommended whether on sale or not.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
Great indie game.
Mooch is a very atmospheric and beautiful arcade game.
If you liked "Ori and the Blind Forest" this game is definitely for you.

Aboute the prize? Worth it!

PS. The intro is really amazing
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
This is not a a final review since i'm on a 39th out of 72 levels.

Mooch is a very atmospheric game, which you will feel after pressing a play button on your game library, even in menu you will see that you are gonna play something special and you won't be wrong.
Game starts with a beautifull intro, where you are told about a world where protagonist lives and what struggle he should overcome during adventure, this intro really sets up mood for a game and even has some philosophical aspects in it.
As you enter your first mission game will start haunting you, there's big variety of enemies as game progresses and each mission you pass they will become harder and harder, each level in later stage will require multiple restarts and sometimes you may even get mad of failing mission again (that's a positive thing for me).
Every 8th level is a boss fight and all of the bosses are different and require various tactics to beat them, it's a good experience.
But the real strength of Mooch lies in it's great art design, graphics are hand-crafted and you will notice all the hard work devs put in it, it's a visual splendor and music which is used in game fits it very well.
Only weakness that i noticed so far is a lack of story progression, game starts with a promissing story and you want to hear more about this world because it's very interesting, also keep in mind that i haven't beaten game yet so it may change later.
Overally game deserves recognition and it's worth every penny you pay for it. I hope to see more games from devs of Mooch, since it's a very promising beginning and i can't imagine what they can offer us if they will have bigger budget.

P.S - I will edit review once i will beat game.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: March 12
A great game, which learn patient. There are many enemies and we have to find a way to defeat them.
"Mooch" looks awesome and I can say the same about music. It sounds perfect. This game has a wonderfull spirit!
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3.4 hrs
Posted: February 27
Really good game, simple mechanics, fine story, easily worth few euro
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Ash Ketchum
4.4 hrs
Posted: February 26
Awesome little gem from a small, polish indie developer team Crank Goblin.
You are starting as a Blink who wants to save his friend Tula.
To complete this task he has to travel through different areas and defeat several dangerous bosses.
Game runs fantastic on even old PCs, which is always a positive factor.

Buy it right now!
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1.6 hrs
Posted: February 21
The game is fairly easy in the beginning, but the further the more difficult. Good graphics, challenging levels and mechanics without a gun / shooting is something else to play with. Great + from me.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: February 20
Mooch is a neat little indie game.
I recommend trying it.

The game story revolves around a "puppet" named Blink who is a slave. While escaping with his friend, Tula, they are caught and Tula torn apart. Now you as Blink must find the pieces of Tula's soul and bring her back to life and escape once again.

The game visuals are quite nice, reminiscent of Limbo. The view is top down and you can only see far ahead as Blink can, making it interesting both visually and mechanically. You can clearly see hazards as they are painted red.

Gameplay wise, the game is challenging yet fair.
The game is divided into three worlds, each world consisting of 24 levels.
In each level you have to collect a set amount of Tula's soul pieces before continuing to the next level.
Each level is scattered with different hazards, ranging from spikes, robots, mines, lazers etc. Those hazards, which can, and will, kill you, will try to stop you from achieving your goal.
Each few levels is a boss level. Each boss has a unique design and trick to find in order to defeat.

The levels start simple but can get quite hard and challenging quite fast, and you have to think and act fast if you want to survive.

The music in the game is a nice ambient music, contributing to the game nice atmosphere.

In conclusion I would recommend this game, especially if you have a few hours to fill!
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4.4 hrs
Posted: February 20
Mooch is an "Easy to learn-Hard to manage" game.

It's quite difficult, but i've never found it frustrating.
Has great level design, wonderful art style.

Sadly a little hidden gem in the middle of the crap of Steam. Hope that Crank Goblin will have more luck with next game, because I know for sure it will be great.

9\10 IMHO

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8.2 hrs
Posted: February 17
I would call this a maze game, due to avoiding anything spinny, pointy, or tinged red, all of which will kill you in a puff of black smoke. The storyline really reminds of a movie titled THX 1138, where a man is trying escape an underground oppressive and controlled society (basically a slave drone like Blink in Mooch). But in Mooch (name of the world??) Blink at least has chance to bring his companion along if he manages to escape. That is the point of the game, in fact, to collect little balls of light (pieces of your companion's soul/life force) as you scan this dark world of simple maze-like corridors while avoiding anything spinny, pointy, or tinged red, all of which are lethal.

There are 3 sections to this game with 24 levels per section. Simple command movements WASD or the arrow keys up, down, right, left are used to move the character and the mouse scans the dark. Patience, strategy and good timing are all virtues in this game. There are also 3 challenge modes, easy, normal and hard.

Each level restarts at the beginning if the player ends up a puff of black smoke, but do not despair, the levels are relatively short and small in size. However, do not let that fool you, some levels are quite a challenge and there are the equivalent of mini-bosses as well as bosses. There is plenty of strategy involved in trying to collect those tiny shiny balls of light. At the beginning of each level the number of lights needed to clear the level is displayed and the number goes down as the light is collected.

Defintely an engaging maze survivor game, with increasingly challenging levels, and challenging enough to be worth the price.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: February 17
Mooch is good and atmospheric game. Its hard and challenging. Its good game to play in few parts. I didn't play game like this for a long time. Handmade graphics are making the game even better. There are a lot of stuff, enemies, bosses, and so on.

- hard game
- good graphics
- challenging
- atmospheric
- dark
- climatic
- involving
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