Ritual of the Moon

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

Price: $9.99

Play time: 28 days (5 minutes per day)

Questions

  1. 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? 
  2. 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?
  3. Did you choose to let the comet hit earth? What choices did you make over the 28 days of play?
  4. 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? 
  5. 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?
  6. How does Ritual of the Moon expand your understanding of what a game might be?
  7. 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?
  8. Who do you think this game was intended for, and do you think it was meant for you?

General Gaming Circle Questions:

  1. What did and didn’t you like about the game?
  2. How much time did you spend playing? Did you play all at once or break up your time?
  3. Did you play during other activities, or dedicate time solely to playing?
  4. Did the game feel like a waste of time? A good use of time? Explain.

Links & Walkthroughs:

Official Website
Gaming Trends (Review)

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