I just finished playing the independent adventure game, To the Moon, which is developed by Freebird Games. The game was originally released in 2011 (I’m late to the game) and I purchased this game during Steam’s boxing day sale for under $5!
First of all, if you’ve been working through some complex emotions and have been looking for an outlet to let those tears go, this is the game for you! To the Moon is a beautiful game with a rich and complex narrative that kept me engaged for the entire three hours it took me to complete the experience.
The game is filled with heart wrenching moments, complex emotions, and humour to help breakup those challenging scenes.
The story follows Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts as they travel through their patient Johnny’s memories to help him fulfill his dying wish: to go to the moon. The story travels back through Johnny’s memories piecing together his unique story and leaves the player contemplating mortality and life choices.
This is a seemingly simple story-driven experience that is made all the more compelling with its beautiful soundtrack. For such a short game, the developers created an impactful story that has left me feeling a little bit empty (in that game-changing narrative sort of way).
I do warn you if you’re prone to tears by way of beautiful narratives, have a box of Kleenex handy!
My only critique, as several other reviewers have pointed out, is that the game mechanics are clunky and, unfortunately, they do disrupt that narrative at times, however, I don’t think this is a reason to avoid the game.
Overall, this was a really positive experience and I enjoyed the narrative and would absolutely recommend this game to anyone looking for a short story-driven game! 9.5/10
To the Moon. Freebird Games, 2011.