Nana Moon (game developer)

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Born (1991-04-28) April 28, 1991 (age 30)
NationalityBrazilian
CitizenshipBrazil
Occupation
  • Video game developer
  • Writer
  • Artist
  • CEO
Years active2016–present
Known forFor developing Virgo Versus The Zodiac Game.
Websitemoonanagames.com

Nana Moon (born April 28, 1991[1]) is a Brazilian video game developer, writer, artist and CEO of Moonana Inc.[2][3] She is best known for developing the games Virgo Versus The Zodiac[4] and Keylocker.[5]

Career

Nana first began developing games when she discovered Nanoreno,[6] a Visual Novel Game Jam and decided to participate.[7] After completing Nanoreno,[8] she released a Visual Novel demo named Unichan[9] for free on Itch.io on April 8, 2016,[10] under the name Umiloo. Shortly after, she found the RPG LiEat[11] on Steam and discovered RPG Maker while researching what game engine had been used to create LiEat.[12][7] She released the short game Mission Whaled[13] on February 3, 2017 using the RPG Maker engine, having developed it in only two days.[14]

Virgo Versus The Zodiac

Nana's first full length game Virgo Versus The Zodiac started development in January 2017.[15] Originally created using RPG Maker, the Turn Based RPG featured themes of heresy and purges, as interpretations of the Zodiac signs would clash in a charming world of mythological beings, fantasy creatures and supernatural deities.[16] A demo of the game was released to the public on May 26, 2017[17] and in September 2017 a crowdfunding campaign was launched and successfully completed on Fig.co,[18] raising a total of $38,571 to secure funding for the development of the full release.[19][20][21] After the completion of the crowdfunding campaign it was announced that the game would be migrating to GameMaker Studio 2, citing a lack of ability to deliver on the features of the game and increased ability to port to other platforms.[22] After signing with Publisher Degica Games[23] and showcasing the GameMaker Studio 2 version of the game at Bitsummit 2019,[24][25] Virgo Versus The Zodiac was released on Steam on December 12, 2019.[26][27] It received favorable critic reviews[28][29][30][31] and an 80% on Metacritic.[32]

The game also received RPGamer.com's[33] Most Overlooked Award[34] and Michael A. Cunningham Memorial Award[35] in 2019.

Keylocker | Turn Based Cyberpunk Action

Nana's next project, Keylocker, a Cyberpunk Turn-Based Rhythm RPG inspired by the Mario & Luigi Series and Chrono Trigger was revealed on June 11, 2020 during the Escapist Indie Showcase.[36][37][38][39] Nana was a participant in the 2020 Game Devs of Color Expo, showcasing Keylocker's Classes for the first time.[40][41][42] Keylocker's release date has yet to be announced.

Works

Year Media Title Role
2016 Unichan Scriptwriter, UI artist, Programmer[43]
2017 Mission Whaled Lead Developer, Writer
2019 Virgo Versus The Zodiac Director, Lead Designer, Writer, Artist
TBA Keylocker | Turn Based Cyberpunk Action Director, Lead Designer, Writer, Artist

References

  1. "moonana". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  2. https://moonanagames.com/
  3. "Nana Moon Profile". LinkedIn.
  4. https://store.steampowered.com/app/920320/Virgo_Versus_The_Zodiac/
  5. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1325040/Keylocker__Turn_Based_Cyberpunk_Action
  6. http://www.route59games.com/what-is-nanoreno/
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Virgo vs The Zodiac, Developer Interview". blog.rpgmakerweb.com. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  8. http://www.route59games.com/what-is-nanoreno/
  9. https://umiloo.itch.io/
  10. "Ren'Py Games List". games.renpy.org. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  11. https://store.steampowered.com/app/373770/LiEat/
  12. https://store.steampowered.com/app/373770/LiEat/
  13. https://rpgmaker.net/games/9618/
  14. "Mission Whaled, an indie Adventure RPG game for RPG Maker MV :: rpgmaker.net". rpgmaker.net. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  15. "Good and bad news, CHECK THIS OUT PLZ". Moonana Games. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  16. "Purge Adorable Personified Zodiac Signs Of Their Sins In This Turn-Based RPG". Siliconera. 2017-04-29. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  17. "Virgo vs the Zodiac Blog :: DEMO available! :: rpgmaker.net". rpgmaker.net. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  18. https://www.fig.co/campaigns/virgo-vs-the-zodiac/
  19. "The Crowdfunding Campaign is OUT!". Moonana Games. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  20. "Choices Affect The Story & Character Of Virgo Vs The Zodiac's Villainous Protagonist". Siliconera. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  21. "Virgo Vs The Zodiac Crowdfunding Campaign". Fig. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  22. "BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!". Moonana Games. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  23. http://www.degicagames.com/
  24. "Sci-fi fantasy RPG Virgo Versus the Zodiac launches this fall for PC". Gematsu. 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  25. "Virgo VS The Zodiac Coming Fall 2019". www.gamasutra.com. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  26. "Virgo VS The Zodiac *OUT NOW!*". gamaphp.gamasutra.com. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  27. "RPG 'Virgo Versus the Zodiac' Aims to Make Every Battle Meaningful & Challenging". Indie Games Plus. 2019-12-12. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  28. Fuller, Alex. "Virgo Versus the Zodiac Review". RPGamer. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  29. "Virgo Versus The Zodiac Review - What's Your Sign?". Noisy Pixel. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  30. "Virgo Versus the Zodiac". RPGFan. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  31. Fern, Austin; Fern, Austin (2019-12-09). "Not quite an Undertale — Virgo Versus the Zodiac review". GAMING TREND. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  32. "Virgo Vs The Zodiac". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  33. https://rpgamer.com/
  34. "RPGamer 2019 Awards – Most Overlooked". RPGamer. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  35. "RPGamer 2019 Awards – Michael A. Cunningham Memorial Award". RPGamer. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  36. "Moonana Unveils Cyberpunk Music-Themed RPG Keylocker". Hardcore Gamer. 2020-06-11. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  37. Fuller, Alex. "Moonana Reveals Keylocker". RPGamer. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  38. "Check the Steam Page and make sure to wishlist!". Moonana Games. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  39. "Exclusive: Keylocker Is a Musical RPG About Starting a Riot". Escapist Magazine. 2020-06-11. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  40. "Game Devs of Color Expo, Online-Only in its Fifth Year, Announces Full Lineup of Participating Games and Developer Talks". www.gamasutra.com. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  41. "My Favorite Games From Today's Game Devs of Color Expo Direct". Kotaku. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  42. Fuller, Alex. "Keylocker Trailer Shows Classes". RPGamer. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  43. "Umiloo Studios". itch.io. Retrieved 2020-09-28.

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