moon first launched for PlayStation in October 1997 in Japan, followed by Switch in October 2019 in Japan and August 2020 in the west. A release date announcement for the PC (Steam) version is coming soon.
BLACK BIRD first launched for Switch and PC via Steam in October 2018.
Here is an overview of each game, via their Steam pages:
In 1997, the now legendary anti-RPG moon launched in Japan. Now, under the watchful eye of its original creators, it’s finally in English!
Have you ever felt it odd that the heroes of RPGs go around opening villagers’ closets and stealing from them? Or that they travel the world indiscriminately killing all monsters they meet? This game looks at the RPGs we all know and love from a new perspective.
One moon-lit night, a young boy is sucked into the depths of his television set. He falls into a place called ‘Moon World’, and thus begins a search for love in order to recover the lost moonlight.
Here, the mighty hero of Moon World murders innocent animals for experience, but the boy’s growth comes from saving the souls of the animals and gathering the love in the world.
Yes, in this game, you level up by loving, not fighting.
The inhabitants of this world are all unique. Observe their daily lives and learn where they hide their secret love.
“Now, please, open the door!”
An RPG without Battles: Save the Monster’s Souls
All the monsters killed by the ‘hero’ are actually just innocent animals. As you explore the game, you will encounter the bodies of these pitiful creatures. But, if the boy can catch their souls, they can be saved.
A Living, Breathing World! Peek into the Secret Lives of the NPCs
Moon World’s residents go about their routine lives, depending on the time and day. The florist goes to work in the morning, and the castle guards arrive at their posts. Some folks have secret midnight hobbies, and others just spend their days fishing.
MD System: Choose Your Own Soundtrack
In moon, you can choose your own music. By using the special music playing Moon Disc (MD) function which appears in the game, you can walk around the map listening to the tracks you like in the order you set them.
A bird of happiness, or fowl fortune? Feathers black, all lives consumed!
This is the tale of a young girl who dies one day on a street corner and is reborn as the ominous Black Bird. The bird is one of the great calamities, spoken of in the kingdom since ancient times.
Become the calamity, “Black Bird,” and destroy the kingdom with a bullet hell.
What fate awaits this girl-turned bird? Will you, the Black Bird, destroy the world? Will this lively, fun-filled kingdom tread the path to destruction?
- A darkly humorous world, built with loving care, pixel by pixel. Visuals which recall a classic era of gaming portray a rich, picture book world. Completing each stage will reveal more of the mysteries which shroud the dark, fairytale-like exterior.
- A unique audio / visual mix combined in an action-packed shooting game. Your enemies’ movement synchronizes with the operatic soundtrack, sung in a bizarre, fictional language, creating a truly unique experience.
- Eight different endings! A high score is the key to the real ending and unlocking the story’s secrets. Your skill will guide how the story concludes; practice really does make perfect!
- Extra Features Galore! Unlock True Mode after completing the game to see new enemies, hidden bonus characters and more! Learn the combo system, bomb system and hidden characters, then mix and match to find your own play style. When you’re confident, aim for the top of the leaderboards in Score Attack.
Update 12/16/21: This post has been updated to remove mention of PlayStation 5 versions. Despite being announced for PlayStation 5 by Onion Games, it was only in reference to the PlayStation 4 versions, which are playable on PlayStation 5.