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[Nintendo Switch] Rusted Moss Review

[Nintendo Switch] Rusted Moss Review
EdEN
  • On July 2, 2024

Rusted Moss from PLAYISM, Faxdoc, Happysquad, and Sunnydaze is a 2D twin-stick shooter physics-based Metroidvania in which you swing around with a grapple. Learn more in our Rusted Moss review!

 

Rusted Moss from PLAYISM, Faxdoc, Happysquad, and Sunnydaze is a 2D twin-stick shooter physics-based Metroidvania in which you swing around with a grapple. You’ll be exploring desolate landscapes after humanity’s fall into decay, alongside their iron inventions. With faeries set to rush to try and land the killing blow, humans – desperate as they witness their potential demise – have empowered their witches with stolen fae magic. In an interesting twist, the main protagonist of the game is a changeling that was snuck in by the fae after stealing a human baby. You’re an outcast who has infiltrated humans after being raised by unsuspecting parents and must now decide where your loyalty lies. Will humans or fae prevail?

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You won’t be alone as you explore this post-apocalyptic world. You’ll be joined on this adventure by Puck, a quirky shadow that knows all about the real you. Puck is the one who will help you grapple your way through each location as you make the most of the fairie moss all around you. Do know that the grapple behaves a bit more like a bungee cord, which means it will have some elasticity for you to consider. This is why, for many of the trickier jumps in the game, you’ll need to run before jumping and then throwing Puck to latch onto a piece of faerie moss so that the momentum can swing you back up with force as the cord reacts to your weight and speed.

 

Jump into action by taking control of Fern with either the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you use the right analog stick to aim all around you in full 360° fashion. You’ll shoot with your weapon by pressing the R button. If you press and hold down the R button, you’ll be able to charge up your attack. To switch weapons, press the A button. Your grapple, which you’ll receive after beating the first boss, will be mapped to the ZR button. It will allow you to anchor yourself to the fairie moss you’ll find. Jumping is set to the L button. You can throw a grenade by pressing the ZL button. To interact with items or other characters, just press the Y button.

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As you defeat enemies, you’ll get to absorb some of their Mana. Once you’ve collected enough Mana, you’ll get a chance to heal your wounds by pressing the X button. You can also heal your wounds when you interact with one of the statues that saves your progress. While there, you can press the Y button to open up your Trinkets collection – more on these in a bit. With this one being a Metroidvania, you’ll need to check your map to see where you’ll need to go. To do this, all you have to do is press the – button. Be sure to search high and low since this will allow you to find some upgrades for your health, MP, and Trinket capacity. Your map will let you know how many items there are in an area, as well as how many you’ve already found.

 

You can play through this one by choosing one of the three available options. Normal is the intended difficulty, and that’s exactly what the game tells you when you hover over it. Flexible allows you to check out some accessibility options for you to tailor your experience. These include changing the game’s speed, activating aim assist, making it possible for you to fly by pressing the L button, removing the time limit to challenge courses, enabling or disabling taking damage when falling into pits, giving yourself infinite MP, activating invincibility so that you don’t take any damage, activating HP and MP regeneration, adding a max HP or max MP modifier, changing boss and enemy max HP, and enabling auto-shoot as well as choosing its strength. The last one is Speedrun, which is tailored for the speedrunning community. It adds a timer and removes all cutscenes and dialogue so that you can optimize your run as much as possible.

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As mentioned before, the Trinkets that you collect can be equipped when you visit one of the statues that save your progress. Any Trinket you equip will have a numeric value attached to it, which is why you can’t just equip at the same time every single Trinket that you find. What can you equip to help Fern? There’s the Time Manipulator, which will make enemy bullets move at a slower pace. Another option is the HP Overload Trinket. By equipping the HP Overload Trinket, you’ll be able to deal extra damage and attack from a longer range if you’re at full health.

 

You’ll collect many valuable coins as you defeat enemies, take down bosses, and open up treasure chests. You can spend these coins with the shopkeeper to obtain additional Trinkets that can aid you with your mission. You could buy yourself a Magnet that will draw coins toward Fern. Buy Giant Chambers with your coins, and you’ll deal 30% extra damage with a charged attack. Get some Spiced Gunpowder, and you will boost your overall bullet range!

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Rusted Moss is a 2D twin-stick shooter physics-based Metroidvania in which you swing around with a grapple. You’ll be exploring desolate landscapes after humanity’s fall into decay, alongside their iron inventions. With faeries set to rush to try and land the killing blow, humans – desperate as they witness their potential demise – have empowered their witches with stolen fae magic. In an interesting twist, the main protagonist of the game is a changeling that was snuck in by the fae after stealing a human baby! Rusted Moss is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 price tag.

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Disclaimer
This Rusted Moss review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by PLAYISM.

Review Overview

A solid 2D twin-stick shooter physics-based Metroidvania
8.5
8.5

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