Did you know that they planned a Moomin park outside Karlstad, Sweden where also Embracer is situated? The whole deal fell through. Moomin is a very popular comic character made by the Swedish-speaking Finn Tove Jansson, first published in 1945. Despite being a popular franchise for so long, the first video game didn’t appear until the early 90s.
In my job I often get to make complete lists of all games to a video game console or computer. Or as lately, the Embracer owned IPs Tomb Raider and The Lord of the Rings. Both these have quite complete lists online. But what about The Moomins I thought, can’t be that hard? I thought.
The Moomins are loved by the people in the Nordics but also countries like Japan. Check out the list further down and you’ll see that this also is the case when it comes to which countries develop the games about Little My, Snork Maiden and the Hattifatteners. Even though the comic in the beginning was very melancholy and maybe mostly for adults that have changed over the years. Because of that most of the older games are mainly made for children and some of them had quite limited distributions outside the Nordic countries. Hince they are not very well known for a bigger video game audience.
The wonderful quirky world of the Moominvalley is well suited for video games, but are there just a few of them? Mobygames lists only 2 games, English Wikipedia 4, Svensk Mediadatabas (Swedish Media Database) 7 and Giant Bomb 8 games, but there are a lot more than that. Swedish Wikipedia mentions 21 games and are more accurate. But still far off. Examples like this tells us that many games still aren’t known to people and hardly show up on the internet at all. So let’s dig even deeper.
To make a complete list of Moomin video games is no easy task. Many of the games were released in several countries, but heavily localised since the Moomins are called different things in most countries. Try searching for Muminki W Dolinie MuminKów or Muumit Piilosilla for example. This list focus on the names in Swedish, English and Finnish.
And here it is, a list for all those Moomin collectors out there. Don’t forget that most of them are available in many different languages and versions. A new, more mature game, is on the way at the moment: Snufkin Melody of Moominvalley is coming in 2024. Maybe this is what the Moomin lovers have been waiting for within video games? Also the first non smart phone Moomin game in 15 years! About time, I’d say. Sadly many of the quite recent smart phone games are already hard to find and also not supported by all phones. A two year old game can be impossible to play or it might already be unavailable.
Also, many Flash games are today probably lost forever but the ones once featured on www.moomin.co.jp can actually still be played via archive.org! Click on their respective titles (game 14-17) here in the list.
|No.||Year||Title||Console||Developer||Dev. country||English title||Finnish title|
|1||1990||Muumin no Sutekina Purezento||Terebikko||Bandai||Japan||Moomin’s Nice Present (lit. translation)|
|2||1995||Kurragömma med Mumintrollen||PC/Mac||Norsk Strek/Bullhead||Norway/Sweden||Hide and Seek with the Moomins (lit. tr.)||Muumit piilosilla|
|3||1995||Jidou Eiken Taiou Moomin to Eigo Tanjoubi no Okurimono||SEGA Pico||Obunsha||Japan||For Children’s English Test – Moomin and English -The Birthday Present (lit. tr.)|
|4||1996||Fest i Mumindalen||PC/Mac||Tati Mixedia||Sweden||The Great Moomin Party||Suuri Muumijuhla|
|5||1996||Mumin – På kryss med Haffsorkestern||PC/Mac||Norsk Strek||Norway||Moomin – On a cruise with the Oshun Oxtra (lit. tr.)||Muumit meren aalloilla|
|6||1997||Mumintrollen – Jakten på trollkarlens rubin||PC/Mac||Norsk Strek/Bullhead||Norway/Sweden||Moomintrolls – The Quest for the Hobgoblin’s Ruby||Muumit ja taikurin hattu|
|7||1999||Mumin – Ninni – Det osynliga barnet||PC/Mac||Norsk Strek||Norway||Moomins and the Invisible Child||Muumit ja näkymätön lapsi|
|8||2000||Moomin no Daibouken||GBC||Pixel/Sunsoft||Japan||Moomin’s Tale|
|9||2000||Mumintrollen – Vinter i Mumindalen||PC/Mac||ePress||Norway||Moomintrolls – Winter in Moominvalley (lit. translation)||Muumit ja taikatalvi|
|10||2001||Mumintrollen och den magiska lampan||PC/Mac||ePress||Norway||Moomintrolls – The Magic Lamp||Muumit ja taikalamppu|
|11||2001||Muumipappa ja Meri||PC/Mac||Norsk Strek||Norway/Finland||Moominpapa and the Sea (lit- tr., game no. 4 + info about Moomin World)|
|12||2001||Muumipappa Kalassa||Flash||Redlynx||Finland||Moominpapa Fishes (lit. tr.)||Muumipappa kalassa|
|13||2005||Moomin Adventures – Moominpappa disappears||Java||Tracebit||Finland|
|14||2006||Mumin och de mystiska vrålen||PC/Mac||Prelusion Games||Sweden||The New Adventures of Moomin – The Mysterious Howling||Muumit ja salaperäiset huudot|
|15||2007||Moomin Tani no Kakurenbo||Flash||Unknown||Japan||Moominvalley – Hide and Seek (lit. tr.)|
|16||2007||Nyoro Nyoro Daikousin||Flash||Unknown||Japan||The Hattifatteners’ Grand March (lit. tr.)|
|17||2007||Oboete! Moomin (ver. 1)
Oboete! Moomin (ver. 2)
|Flash||Unknown||Japan||Remember! Moomin (lit. tr.)|
|18||2007||Moomin Jigusou||Flash||Unknown||Japan||Moomin Jigsaw (lit. tr.)|
|19||2006||Mumintrollet och den stora höstfesten||PC/Mac||Prelusion Games||Sweden||The New Adventures of Moomin – The Great Autumn Party||Muumit ja suuri syysjuhla|
|20||2007||Mumin och den stora höstfesten||Nintendo DS||Prelusion Games||Sweden||The New Adventures of Moomin – The Great Autumn Party||Muumit ja suuri syysjuhla|
|21||2008||Mumin och de mystiska vrålen||Nintendo DS||Prelusion Games||Sweden||The New Adventures of Moomin – The Mysterious Howling||Muumit ja salaperäiset huudot|
|22||2009||Moomin Tani no Okurimono||Nintendo DS||Sonic Powered||Japan||Gifts from Moominvalley (lit. tr.)|
|23||2012||Moomin and the Lost Belongings||Android/iOS||Spinfy||Finland|
|24||2013||Moomin Bubble Shooter||Android/iOS||Spinfy||Finland|
|25||2015||Moomin Adventures – Jam Run||Android/iOS||Indium Games||Finland|
|26||2015||Moomin – Welcome to Moominvalley||Android/iOS||Poppin Games||Japan|
|27||2016||Moomin Quest – The Lost Winter||Android/iOS||Odd Comet Games||Sweden||Also known as: Moomin – Tap the Tiles|
|28||2017||Moomin Under Sail||Android/iOS||Snowfall||Finland|
|29||2018||Moomin – Match & Explore||Android/iOS||Snowfall||Finland|
|30||2018||Moomin Move||Android/iOS||Tribe Red||Finland|
|31||2019||Moomin Friends Flower Puzzle||Android/iOS||Exnoa/DMM Games||Japan|
|32||2021||Moomin Fun Fest||Android/iOS||Kodamity||Japan|
|33||2021||Moomin Puzzle & Design||Android/iOS||Rovio||Finland|
|34||2021||MoominValley Hidden & Found||Android/iOS||Tokyo Hammock||Japan|
|35||2024||Snufkin Melody of Moominvalley||PC/console||Hyper Games||Norway|
Not included on this list:
Please mail me if you find any errors or have any additional info.