Slayin’ and sellin’. PC, PS4, XO | $39.95 MOONLIGHTERTHEGAME.COM
Looking for another old-school top-down action RPG with pretty pixels? Moonlighter does the job rather admirably. But forget adventuring; it’s your protagonist’s other humble profession that will hook you in. As the game’s merchant, the purpose behind your dungeon-crawling is to grab whatever loot you can carry so you can sell it in your shop. With no clue as to the items’ value, it’s up to you to set the prices. This becomes an utterly compelling process as you gauge your customers’ moods and work out whether they think your price tag is right, extortionate, or a bargain. The beauty of it is that you can tweak the prices in real-time before selling a whole stack, then sneakily raise the price as that cash register chimes. All this is to give you the funds to keep fighting in the dungeons, as money talks elsewhere. You’ll want to craft better gear and potions in order to take on tougher enemies, who drop more valuable loot, which you can sell for even more expensive upgrades. And so this loop goes, unleashing your inner capitalist.2 Moonlighter might not have anything close to, say, The Binding Of Isaac in terms of replay value. But you definitely won’t want to give up the day job.