Ah, it's a full moon tonight. How romantic... Except that you're out of cigarettes, it's late at night, all the shops are closed, and your only chance is a vending machine clear across town. You put on your jacket and your shoes, getting angrier and angrier at yourself. By the time you're out the front door, you feel this RAGE taking over you, like, like... like an animal has been awakened within you! The clouds part, revealing the moon... and you turn into a werewolf. Fangtastic!
Moon Waltz by Major Bueno is the sort of game you wish you could have made yourself. It's so very short and so deceptively simple, and yet so full of win. It proves that you don't need a lot to make an entertaining game: one wacky idea, one button, some silly graphics.
Now, for those of you expecting the werewolf to dance, it should be mentioned that there's no actual waltzing. You use the [spacebar] to control the clouds. When they are covering the moon, your guy is a normal person. When the moon is out, he turns into a deadly flurry of claws, teeth and fur. The trick is to know when to keep the human form and when to go berserk, because the consequences could be dire. The other trick is to react quickly because the protagonist is walking all the time, and there's no way to pause the game, so you'll just have to improvise and play it over and over again, as there are alternative endings based on your decisions. The best thing about Moon Waltz is how much fun it manages to cram into a few minutes of gameplay. There are actual laugh-out-loud moments, especially because you have no idea what will happen when you experiment with your lycanthropic form – and man, oh man, is it fun to scare hipsters.