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Hunter's Moon

• Publisher: Thalamus
• Developer:
Thalamus
Release Date: 1987
Code: Martin Walker
GFX: M. Walker, Robin Levy
Music: Matt Gray

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 92%
Our Game Rating: 93%
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> HUNTER'S MOON by Thalamus


Completed by Andy Vaisey
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

I love my Commodore 64; I love my games; I love Martin Walker and Hunter's Moon. There are two games that I have dedicated most of my 80s gaming time to, and they are Thing on a Spring and ... Hunter's Moon - naturally. To me, Hunter's Moon is a masterpiece and highlights just how good a programmer Martin really was. Fantastic gameplay, cool graphics and super sonix (by Matt Gray).
 
The ending to this game became a bit of a debate on the c64endings forum, with Misguided_Fool (Neil Collins) decreeing that the game had no ending and just looped back to the beginning. Having completed this back in the 80s, I was almost sure that there was an ending to be seen. Fortunately, in stepped Andy Vaisey and saved the day :) ...


Our hero heads off into the distance.


There he goes.


Whooooosh!


Hunter's Moon comes into view.


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: It's a difficult game to complete without a cheat, but it is certainly possible. Saying that, Andy used a cracked version that took him straight to the end. WHAT A CHEAT!

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the final level is complete, our hero's ship is seen flying off into the distance (can there be distance in space?) and heads off for Hunter's Moon. The moon comes into view and we see our hero's ship disappear in the twinkle of a star (metaphorically speaking). This is all accompanied by ending ending tune created by Matt Gray.

COMMENTS: I remember completing this game and feeling TOTALLY satisfied that I had completed the game to the very end. It really did give me complete pleasure and 'closure' and I am sure I stood up and applauded the final sequence [Vinny's parents have always thought he was strange, and this was one of the moments that confirmed their suspicions]. I really want to give this ending 10/10 for pure nostalgic reasons, but I know that you will slaughter me with your comments. So I think I will be diplomat about it and give it a well deserved 8/10. This isn't to say that the ending is cack as the graphics, animation, and most certainly the ending tune, rock to the limits!

FINAL SAY: The score is purely for the satisfaction feeling (and the music; and the graphics, etc. etc.)

G.E. RATING: 8 / 10

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