To The Moon
"To the Moon is a game you must play. Those four hours pack a real punch, inviting you to consider just how a single event can change your destiny. For now, you should take control of your own destiny and play To the Moon. You'll be glad you did." - Gamespot.com
"The convincing banter between the two doctors, the tale of John's carer and her relationship with her children, the stories of friends and families and how they intersect along the passage of life... To the Moon takes the details of human life in its stride, and delivers them with a breezy effortlessness." - Eurogamer.net
Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts have rather peculiar jobs:
They give people another chance to live. Literally.
There exists a technology that allows doctors to weave artificial memories, such that a patient can request attempts to alter their mind, and wake up with memories of things that didn't actually happen.
However, since these new memories are permanent, the conflict between them and the existing authentic memories clash in such a way that it ceases the person's ability to properly function.
Thus, the operation is only done to people on their deathbeds, to fulfill what they wish they had done with their lives. . . but didn't.
The technology requires the doctors to step into the memories of the patient, which are reconstructed as interactive scenes. The doctors then gradually traverse backwards through memories of the patient's life until they reach childhood -- at which point, the wish of the patient in present time would be transferred over.
Along with the doctors' influence, the patient (as a child) could then lead an entire different life inside their head, working toward and fulfilling their dying wish themselves.
And if all goes well, they would wake up, having lived the dream life they never had, and embrace a brief moment of blissful fulfillment.
Shortly after, they'd draw their last breath.
This particular story follows Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts' attempt to fulfill the dream of the dying elderly man, Johnny. In their mission to do so, they traverse backwards through the man’s memories, unfolding his curious life story before their eyes.
With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny's past is revealed. And as the two doctors piece together the puzzled events that spanned a life time, they seek to find out just why the frail old man chose his dying wish to be what it is.
And Johnny's last wish is, of course. . . to go to the moon.
prototype of indie videogames point and clickicnivadodranoel | Feb. 10, 2014 | See all icnivadodranoel's reviews »
There is a touch of magic that accompanies the story, something that is hard to find.
Glaring example that ideas, good ones, those originals always win versus big budgets of large Software House
Really nice music ... so many quotes and type of the characters.
you must try it, it is an experience that will involve ... and more importantly, will leave you something, you also will find a special place to the moon ...
The game that brought tears to my eyesblinx503 | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all blinx503's reviews »
To the moon has a very interesting way of play. It seems to try to be a point and click adventure, and in many ways it is, but the majority of the game can be played with the keyboard. That being said, To The Moon doesn't really play like a video game. More along the lines of an interactive story. Personally, this is fine, but if you were looking for a challenging puzzle game or old styled point'n'click, look elsewhere.
Now for the main meat of the game: the story. TTM has an amazing story, and the deliverance of that story could hardly be done better. Because you control where the people go, the pacing feels just right. Too often in movies, and even sometimes in game cutscenes, the characters don't like they explore their surroundings enough. You just sit there in your chair looking at the detailed background that's being ignored. Not here though. If you see something off to the side, and think it's an interesting find, you can go check it out. Along with the pacing being under your control, the story is told out-of-timeline. Without spoiling anything, the timeline starts out going backwards, then in the later parts of the game, it jumps around. The way this is done works with the story so ingenuously. This is because it uses these elements to throw you on an emotional roller coaster. At first it's depressing, then it starts getting more depressing, then it get angering, then it gets happy, then it gets frightening, and so on and so forth. By the end of the game though, I had tears streaming down my face as I was left in a state of emotional confusion. This game created what is now known as "Manly Tears", which are tears based off of purely emotions.
Overall, I can't say this game is amazing or great, or even enjoyable. But, I can say that this experience was something I wish I could have 10 times over. So definitely go and experience this story.
Allow Me to Tell You A Storymy123for5 | Feb. 2, 2014 | See all my123for5's reviews »
Storytelling has become a lost art in our modern culture, We watch movies with more special effects than writing and play games with stories that could have been written by a child. This not one of those, "To the Moon" Is not a game, its not about what you do, or how you see it, its about immersing you in a story.
This is NOT a "game", a game is defined as "a activity or contest that has rules and that people do for pleasure" this simply cannot fall into that field. Most games are built on escapism, the desire to experience something you will not or cannot in this life. This doesn't offer that. That is not to say that you could do what happens in this game, but rather that doing it is not the point.
As this is not a game it is not about what you see necessarily, That said the art style it is presented in is fairly attractive. However what stands out is not the imagery but the music. The music in this game is beautiful but Its sole purpose is to bring you more into the story, to make you feel warm and fuzzy, and to break your heart.
This "game" is about experiencing a story. it follows two doctors as they attempt to give a dying man his final wish. They do this by going though is memories from the present to when he was a child and rewriting his memory to allow him, in his final moments, to digitally experience what he never did in life. During this you get to know several characters, including the doctors, the man, and his deceased wife. You see the man as he struggled in life, and how he changed.
As I have said this is not a game, So if you buy it expecting to play something about fights, bosses, treasure, and saving the day then you will be very very disappointed. This "game" is solely about experiencing the story of two doctors who help an old man see how it all could have been. Everything about it is to draw you closer into that story.
Great story telling indie game.CrysisX | Jan. 28, 2014 | See all CrysisX's reviews »
To The Moon is a simple RPG game with very basic controls which is not hard to learn. The gameplay offered in this game is very simple and boring though the soundtrack is fantastic which matches every scene perfectly. Graphics wise, its nothing special or pretty since it's an indie game so don't expect much. The story of the game is pretty interesting and will always keep you wanting to know what is going to happen next. There's not much to explore in game and it's only 4 hours long. Overall, I recommend playing this game in one sitting if you have to few hours to spare to fully enjoy this game.
OutstandingRogueDarkJedi | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all RogueDarkJedi's reviews »
I'm still extremely emotional over this game. It's incredibly touching experience. It absolutely deserves the praise it has earned. The gameplay mechanics are simple that anyone can easily pick up and play. The graphics are simply wonderful and the music is literally enchanting.
The game reminds me of Chrono Trigger with heart. To the Moon touches on themes that games haven't explored before in such narrative expertise. In a sea of games that claim to be "experiences", only a few have really pulled it off and most have left a sour taste in ones mouth afterwards. To the Moon destroys any premonitions you had about games with story and then wrecks your heart with amazing creative flow.
I feel ashamed that I did not give this game a look before, and if you haven't played it yet, I deeply suggest you do.
Verdict: WORTH IT.