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Romance, Fantasy

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About the Story

You've been bitten into a brand new supernatural underground. Congratulations! It's terrifying and heartwarming all at once. In a game made by a queer woman and for queer women and nonbinary folk, this supernatural celebration of queer femininity takes you into the darkness and lets you own it. Use your compassion and sense of responsibility to make connections and fall in love. Or use your newfound fangs and claws to rip, shred, and tear through your problems. Is this the start of a satisfying, shape-shifting life full of romance, or the blood-soaked birth of a new deity of the forest? You decide!

Moonrise is a 49,000-word urban fantasy interactive novel by Natalie Cannon, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

∙ Play as a trans woman, cis woman, or nonbinary person; lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or asexual.
∙ Date your nonbinary best friend, the ruthless Rogue leader, or the lycanthropic goddess amongst werewolves.
∙ Build up your Empathy, Bloodthirst, Snark, Responsibility, Uncanny Valley, and Defense to survive lethal encounters and protect those you hold dear.
∙ Pledge allegiance to the tradition of the Masquerade or the desperate, volatile Rogues.
∙ Expose the supernatural underground to the blistering light or keep their secrets in the deep dark.
∙ Embrace the feral monster within or hold fast to your humanity.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 17, 2019
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: ChoiceScript
Forgiveness Rating: Tough
IFID: Unknown
TUID: cs21b7h8126tvmla

Editorial Reviews

The Holy Mother of Yuri
Moonrise is a great game to play again and again.
Moonrise is an LGBTQ game by Natalie Cannon. It was made by a queer woman, for queer women and femme nonbinary people and it shows. You can be nonbinary, trans, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or asexual. The amount of care that went into the representation is staggering!
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Otome Heaven
interesting premise with smooth, enjoyable prose and witty modern humor
A couple months ago I was invited to try out Moonrise, a text based urban fantasy interactive novel by Natalie Cannon. Although I usually stick to visual novels, since I had played and enjoyed other choice of games before, I decided to give Moonrise a try and write a review for it.

While the game had an interesting premise with smooth, enjoyable prose and witty modern humor, my overall experience has been a rather mixed bag, probably because I don’t appear to fall into the specific audience for the game.
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Sapphic Book Club
an interesting experience for me!
Recently I had a pleasure of reviewing an interactive novel for the first time! I read (played?) Moonrise by Natalie Cannon and it was an interesting experience for me!
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Matt Doyle Media
a choose-your-own-adventure novel with visual novel statistical mechanics
Overall, I really enjoyed this. The choose-your-own-adventure elements left me feeling nostalgic, and the visual novel elements added some depth to that. The story is suitably quick-paced, the characters are fun, and each playthrough feels satisfying. The shortness may put off those who want sprawling, multi-hour tales, but at its cheap price, I really don’t think there’s much to complain about. I give this an enjoyable 4 out of 5.
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Very entertaining
What I really liked the most was all the options the author gives us. Just the simple fact that the game let me choose my pronouns and whether I identify as cis or trans, it really helped me immerse myself in the story. And speaking of inclusivity, the addition of other trans/nonbinary characters was a nice surprise as well. Often a lot of sapphic romances (be it books or games) focus on the coming out and such, but there's no struggle with it in this novel. Oh and there is also a casual mention (and choice) of an open/polyamorous relationship which is also great! Not to forget your choice to identify as asexual too.
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So much fun! I adored this.
So much fun! I adored this. I really loved the nonbinary rep and the sweet romantic aspects that went along with the intense werewolf scenes.
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