Moonshell Island | Press Kit


Version: Patron-exclusive teaser demo
In Development
Based in Canada
Founded 2020-09-16
Social Network
Action RPG


Achieve dreams, build a community and save Moonshell Island from Nomsters in this magical action-RPG combining Zelda-like gameplay and story-driven simulation elements.


When mysterious creatures begin to threaten the peace, you must journey to find the source of the trouble and to recruit islanders to a safe haven, Crabby’s Cabana Club. As the club population grows, more services become available to aid you on your quest to uncover the secrets of Moonshell Island.


Moonshell Island started out as a game mock-up created by Crabby Sam in mid 2018 as her contribution for Squared Up! A Pixel Art Zine, which was a successful campaign to raise charity for Able Gamers. Earlier that year, she had begun creating in-game character portraits for an indie RPG named Santria, being developed by Schotti.

By January 2019, the collaboration had intensified and Schotti offered to handle the programming foundation to launch Crabby Sam's own game idea into development with the working title CrabbyRPG. On August 10, 2019, CrabbyRPG was named Moonshell Island, and Schotti and Crabby Sam announced they were continuing development of both of their projects under the team name Cheekynauts.

In August 2020, Anna Eichenauer joined the project to handle the Moonshell Island soundtrack after capturing the sound that best fit the game with a series of musical sketches.

In November 2020, the first playable teaser demo for Moonshell Island was made available to Cheekynauts supporters on Patreon.


  • Make friends and help them fulfill their dreams
  • Distract yourself with fun puzzles, sidequests and minigames
  • Explore the diverse landscapes of Moonshell Island
  • Fight off ‘nomsters’ and use the loot in delicious recipes
  • Upgrade Crabby's Cabana Club into a thriving community hub



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