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Moncage has been in development for almost four years. It is an award-winning puzzle adventure set inside a mysterious cube. Each side of the cube showcases a different world that the player must manipulate in order to solve optical illusions.
While navigating the puzzles, the player will uncover a story of a young boy and his father, and with each step taken, the secrets of the cube will be revealed…
The game has won awards for innovation, artistic excellence, gameplay, and design. Hugely impressive for a new studio and their first release. I’m excited to get started. Let’s play!
Moncage is a unique puzzle adventure game where you explore a fascinating world trapped inside a mysterious cube. With each face displaying a unique scene, you’ll have to leverage the illusions and discover the hidden links to solve the puzzle.
Moncage took me longer than it should have to beat, but I played it after a twelve hour working day and my brain was fried. I rolled credits on this little gem in around two and a half hours, so it is a short experience, but well worth it.
Gameplay consists of increasingly complex perspective-based puzzles, centered around a five-sided cube. Each side of said cube boasts a different setting or environment, with every level intelligently designed and imaginatively presented. Visuals are bold, chunky, confident and clean, and each puzzle is sophisticated and satisfying.
In the opening levels, it is simply a task of introducing a new perspective, but as the game proceeds some puzzles will be timed, some will have day and night cycles, and one level employs you to dominate the seasons. You’ll be transporting items, fixing machinery, and helping vehicles cover ground. As you’d expect, some puzzles will need more thought than others, but if you get stuck the game has you covered. Firstly, you can hold the spacebar and the objects you can interact with will then be highlighted. Aside from that, if you wait patiently, a question mark will appear in the top right of the screen. Click this and you’ll be taken to a help menu. From there, you’ll be afforded three hints and if you’re still struggling beyond that, then you can just watch a video of the solution.
To understand the story – which I won’t spoil – you’ll need to keep an eye out for photographs that are littered throughout the worlds. There are twenty-eight to collect, as well as fifteen medals (Steam achievements) to earn. There are no spoken words or onscreen text – the story is mainly told through pictures and it is touching and adds weight to the core experience. Plus, each photograph you find will then hang behind the cube as you play, which was a really nice touch.
I played Moncage on my MSI GF65 gaming laptop, with an i7 and an RTX 3060, with everything on max settings. I had no issues whatsoever. This is an award-winning puzzle game and it’s easy to see why. It’s well-crafted and has been thoroughly thought through. I would recommend this to any fan of the genre, and I’m excited to dip back in and try to unlock the secret ending…