A friend of mine very recently suggested a very obscure game to me by the name of “To the moon”, a bit of a google search revealed to me that it was an indie game that has garnered some attention, all of which pointed out that this game was very nice, as it turns out, “nice” was an understatement.
To the moon is an Adventure/Role Playing game developed by indie group Free Bird Games, and it’s more of a story than it is a game, really, it adapts a 2D style, reminiscent of what we were all used to in the early 90’s, a bit older than how the Pokemon games look on the GBA, but if that doesn’t bother you, and you’re more attracted to a game’s story than its visuals, you won’t be disappointed, I personally guarantee that!
You play as two doctors in the -not so- distant future who work for a company that can access memories of people and alter them according to their (the people’s) wishes. Your patient in this game is a dying old man called John, and his dying wish is to “go to the moon”, after a bit of investigating around the house, you get to start the memory leaps. The whole “memory accessing” reminded me a lot of Assassin’s Creed’s Animus, though in To the moon, the memory accessing works backwards, in each stage of John’s life, you must look for 5 memory links and a memento that gains you access to the previous memories, after each sequence there’s a very small puzzle, and you get the choice to either walk around more and just watch as the people in John’s memories live on, or continue on to the previous memory.
The story is very immersive and beautiful, I even dare say, that this was the most attached I was to a game’s characters in a very long time, and there’s just something about the very dated gameplay that is almost magical about it… As you progress on in the story, you get to learn of John’s love story, his friends, and all he’s been through.
The soundtrack in the game is nothing short of outstanding, delivering the game’s theme so well, that I had to close the game at times for feeling a bit too emotional, and the music really helped accomplish that!
If you’re looking for a game that you’ll remember for a long time, and that you’ll feel very attached to, I definitely recommend checking out “To the moon”, it’s only for $12, and believe me, the game is worth every penny! If you’ve already played it, let me know what you thought of the game.