Synopsis: Ritual of the Moon is a 28-day long game where the player is an abandoned witch on the moon, deciding whether or not to allow a catastrophe to occur.
Who Should Play: Ritual of the Moon is a meditative, contemplation that is appropriate for all difficulty levels. Indie developer Kara Stone refers to it as an exploration on “loneliness, power, and healing.” It is a good game requiring only a small daily commitment, with satisfying play.
Made by: Kara Stone (Developer)
Available on: Android, iOS, Mac OS, Microsoft
Play time: 28 days (5 minutes per day)
- This game is meant to be a kind of meditation. Did you play it every day for 28 days? In what ways might you understand it as a meditative practice?
- Visually, the game is quite lo-fi, yet the design is uniquely intriguing. What did you think of the visual style, and how did it affect your interactions with the game?
- Did you choose to let the comet hit earth? What choices did you make over the 28 days of play?
- Did you find any of the aphorisms on healing and power differentials to be useful? Which ones stuck with you after you were done playing for the day?
- To what extent did you relate to the witch protagonist as an abandoned figure? To what extent did you add more narrative to the thin story that she offers?
- How does Ritual of the Moon expand your understanding of what a game might be?
- The soundtrack from the game is both jarring and calming. Did you play with sound on, and if so, how did it affect your experience?
- Who do you think this game was intended for, and do you think it was meant for you?
General Gaming Circle Questions:
- What did and didn’t you like about the game?
- How much time did you spend playing? Did you play all at once or break up your time?
- Did you play during other activities, or dedicate time solely to playing?
- Did the game feel like a waste of time? A good use of time? Explain.
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