Moon Breakers: Browser-Based Action Space Combat Thingy

1 - Take Off!!

Set a Course for...Adventure? Maybe?

As a space game fan, I am insanely, INSANELY thankful of all the space games coming out of late. When I began this blog, I thought I’d barely have any new games to write about, but now I’m drowning in ‘em. One of these is a Chrome-only browser-based space-based arena combat game entitled Moon Breakers and…it sure is something. Read on to find out what I thought of the game.

2 - Enemy Carrier

Attack the Beastie!

The version of the game I played was build 3280. Again, you need to download the Chrome app to run this game, which was simple enough to install. Once you install the app, you have to log in with a Gmail account — which I admit I wasn’t too thrilled with, but in this day and age it’s something that we seem to have to accept — and chose a server. Once logged into a server, I found my name was “Dead Saint”. If I wanted to change it…I had to pay for it. Whuuuut? I wasn’t thrilled with THIS either, but I moved on. Once you’re placed into a game — apparently you can’t choose a match either? — you’re given a choice of craft, from fighters to bombers.

5 - Different Ships to Unlock

Those Ships Sure are Brown...

I have to admit I’m a fan of bombers, so I went with the Rhino bomber, which has big-ass torpedoes. I launched from the carrier, Battlestar Galactica style, and found myself in a huge melee. The controls seemed easy enough. Mouse control for steering, two keys for weapons, two keys for throttle and some communications keys. Since I was in a bomber, I tried to target the enemy carrier…and found that there weren’t really any targeting controls. I think this is a pet-peeve of mine, as games without good targeting controlsreally piss me off. I therefore had to fly around randomly until I could see the dang thing, finally. Once I sighted my target, I headed right toward it and fired a torpedo

6 - Launching Torpedo

Ping...Ping...Ping...

Sadly both the torpedo and I were shot down before we could do the enemy carrier much damage, which in a way is good, as it means the enemy carrier is sufficiently defended and posing a challenge. Sadly I again couldn’t target any fighters, especially those attacking me, so this lead to me bobbing and weaving and hoping to evade enemy fire long enough just to get a hit or two on the enemy carrier, which I did once or twice, but always found myself blowing up shortly thereafter, which made sense, but still, arg.

3 - This Happens a Lot ;)

Don't Go Into the Light Carol Anne!

Eventually, our team lost — through little help or hindrance from me, I assume — but we were still rewarded. The game has apparently two sets of currency, Creds and He-3, both of which can be purchased using cashy money through Paypal. While you get creds through playing, which is nice, you need a good deal of ‘em to change your name, upgrade your ship and so on, and there seem to be a decent amount of ship upgrades.

7 - Available Upgrades

Lots of Upgrades

In between games, you get to see the next game you’ll be flung into, and which side you’ll be on, of which there are two, pirates and the government. The differences? Pirate ships are brown, government ships are gun-metal gray, that’s it. I also wasn’t able to change the game mode or the map, or even vote upon them, so if you want to set up a specific game type with specific people, you’re apparently out of luck. In the previous game, I was on the pirates side, this time, I was a government pilot, and we flew around in the broken moon map, which was kinda nifty.

11 - Flying Through a Broken Moon

This Part was Kinda Fun...

Sadly, this bit was the only honest-to-goodness fun I had with Moon Breakers. I was able to get in two games, which ran fine on my old system, looked pretty good, and had decent sound effects for a browser game. However, in the middle of my second game, this happened…

12 - A Mixed Blessing

Sweet Release...

…in a game with nine people in it. Nine. In a way, I saw this as a mixed blessing, because it never takes long for a good game to hook me, typically happening within minutes. After two games, nothing was clicking, and I just wasn’t having a lick of fun.

It’s a shame really. I hate crapping all over someone else’s hard work, but I have to honest in my findings. It’s my opinion that this game really isn’t that fun unless you’re looking for SUPER simple space combat. I don’t mind simple games, but I’d like at least some rudimentary controls for targeting and such, and sadly Moon Breakers didn’t have that. It’s a free game to try, so if you’re looking for uber-simple space combat, you could give it a try. Just keep your expectations really, really low, as I can’t honestly recommend it otherwise.

Thanks for reading, and please enjoy my gallery of screenshots below. Have a great day.

 

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21 Responses to Moon Breakers: Browser-Based Action Space Combat Thingy

  1. doctor_roxo doctor_roxo says:

    this looks so good! the only browser based mmo i've tried was Pirate Galaxy and it was meh. but this, oh i'm playing this.

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  2. doctor_roxo doctor_roxo says:

    lol yea i read it. but i think it looks good. sue me. just because you didn't like...and so on.

    but i've been trying to install it to chrome ever since i left that post and it just...won't. tried ur link and even went and found it on the app store. it says "checking" what ever that means. maybe it is for the best if you say its that bad.

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  3. doctor_roxo doctor_roxo says:

    yea i already tried adding it that way. i've played games on chrome before. bastion, some others. i know how to add a game to chrome. and i tried adding it thru the link on the story. when i click the add to chrome button the words change to "checking" and that's all it does. it doesn't show up on my apps page at all. idk.

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  4. Pogue Mahone says:

    Gotta admit, this seems kind of attractive to me too, if only for the low barrier to entry (free to play, no additional hardware required, and I already use Chrome for browsing and have a gmail account). I'm not expecting miracles but I think I'm going to have to check this one out.

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  5. Thade780 says:

    It sucks actually, I totally agree with Brian. Tried it a month ago.

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  6. Brian Rubin Brian Rubin says:

    Doctor, what are you doing?

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  7. doctor_roxo doctor_roxo says:

    ok well i don't know how to post pics. i hate html

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin says:

      Those links to go 1x1 pixels that aren't even pictures. Is your account compromised?

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  9. DJ says:

    You might want to try the steam version. You can try to veto game type or map if you don't want to play that game or map. It takes 50% of the players to veto. There is also a free ship rotation so you can try some different ships w/o having to buy them. As for controls, they are improving, you get missile lock on warnings, which where not present earlier, and a target you have hit recently is highlighted, making staying on a target in a dog fight easier.

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin says:

      Welcome to the blog DJ! I saw it was on Steam, thank you. Let me ask...does the Steam version add the fun? ;)

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  10. ezwip says:

    Moon breakers is no fun. The op is right on the money. It's like playing a skeleton of a game before they add the parts.

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