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Niche Spotlight – MO: Astray

This is Niche Spotlight. In this column, we regularly introduce new games to our fans, so please leave feedback and let us know if there’s a game you want us to cover!

Today’s Spotlight is MO: Astray, a new 2D action-platformer by Archpray and Rayark.

In this gloomy sci-fi side-scroller, players control MO, a strange jelly-like organism. Navigate derelict factories and other environments by sticking to surfaces, bouncing off objects, parasitic takeovers, and memory recalls to unravel the mysteries surrounding the fate of the humans that once lived and worked here. You can check out the launch trailer above.

MO: Astray is available on Windows PC via Steam for $14.99.

Here’s a rundown of the game:


Through the moist, pitch-black darkness the eerie sounds of giant machinery can be heard.In an advanced facility that has been invaded by otherworldly beasts and local inhabitants, the fully-automatic system controlled by the main computer is still operating like a mad man. Awakening inside an abandoned laboratory, the green, ambiguous lifeform MO discovers that it not only has to face an extremely hostile and sinister environment, but it also must face humans who, having been taken over by alien parasitic plants, are now stuck in the endless limbo between death and rebirth.

What’s more, there seems to be an eerie presence that’s watching all of this from the shadows.
After groping around for clues, MO gradually becomes aware that it is responsible for a mission of immense importance. Under the guidance of the mysterious mutterings in its ear, MO is able to overcome one obstacle after another.

Who caused this disaster? And on this path that leads to answers for every unsolved riddle, what sorts of trials and tribulations lie ahead?

Features

  • Utilise sticking, ramming, parasitic takeover and memory recall to navigate the otherworldly, sci-fi environment.
  • A meticulous pixel art style accompanied by super-smooth animation, effects and immersive soundtrack.
  • Use your mind: Wait, observe, plan out your path and use special abilities wisely. Find a way out.
  • MO: Not just any jelly-like organism! Use Mo to the fullest to survive in this sinister environment.
  • Unlock the story: Collect key materials to delve deeper into the world and unravel the mystery…

Stick: Utilize the character’s special trait to clear all the tricky traps

Skill: Use your enemies to dodge attacks

Challenge: Exciting Boss battles

Jump: Feel the sense of speed as you dash through the air

Change: A control experience that changes according to the level


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Frank Streva

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