A story-driven experience about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories, in order to artificially fulfill his last wish.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (10,252 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 1, 2011

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"A story heavy RPG (puzzles instead of battles) where you must explore the memories of a dying man's life. A fantastically touching gaming experience."

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September 28

To the Moon's Spiritual Follow-Up, "A Bird Story", Releasing November 7th (Trailer)

Hey guys, just a heads up that A Bird Story's release date has been set (Friday November 7th, 2014). It will be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and will be available on Steam and other platforms.

It is a simple, ~1-hour short about a boy who found an injured bird.

Here's the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCSK0yrakxY

Page & info:
http://freebirdgames.com/games/a-bird-story/


Cheers guys, thanks for the support and helping to spread the word!

-Kan (@reives_freebird)

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Reviews

“How do I explain why it’s brilliant without spoiling what makes it so?”
9/10 – Eurogamer
“It’s simple, poignant, and full of heart.”
10/10 – GamePro
“To the Moon is a game you must play.”
8/10 – GameSpot
"It is no less than absolutely beautiful."
10/10 – PC PowerPlay
"I guess the music's kinda nice, but I think this game called A Bird Story ripped it off..."
-Developer's Aunt

About This Game

Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts have peculiar jobs: They give people another chance to live, all the way from the very beginning... but only in their patients' heads.

Due to the severity of the operation, the new life becomes the last thing the patients remember before drawing their last breath. 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.

This particular story follows their attempt to fulfill the dream of an elderly man, Johnny. With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny's past is revealed. 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.

Key Features

  • A unique story-driven experience
  • Innovative mix between adventure game elements and classic RPG aesthetics
  • Acclaimed original soundtrack that closely ties to the story
  • An espresso execution with zero filler and no time drains

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows 98, XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor:Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:1024x768 High Color +
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • OS: OS X 10.6.8
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 capable graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Major Linux Distribution from 2010
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 capable graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
120 of 133 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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Graphics:
+ some beautiful backgrounds
- low resolution
- technically outdated

Atmosphere:
+ great mix between tragedy and humou
+ lovely retro charme
+ many funny allusions

Sound:
+ atmospheric sound
- no voice output

Game Size:
+ around 6 hours playtime
- general little details

Story:
+ emotional story
+ surprising discovery
+ successful ending
+ exciting time travel
- leisurely pace

Dialogs:
+ great dialogue that punctuates deep emotion with wit and humor
+ credible conversations
+ hidden allusions

To the Moon tells a powerful, moving story that is punctuated by a beautiful soundtrack to successfully achieve what many games try to do – leave a lasting impression.
But to overlook this unique game due to that would be a shame because you’ll miss out on an evocative, interactive storytelling experience. This bittersweet tale is a journey that is well-worth taking; it will make you laugh, and maybe even shed a tear or two.

You control Dr. Wyatt and Dr. Rosaleane, scientists who live in a world where it's possible to recreate memories. This enables the scientists to give dying people a chance to live out their final request – even if only in their minds. Our scientists start To the Moon by arriving at the house of a dying, elderly man named John, whose last wish is to visit the moon.
From this science-fiction premise evolves one of the most authentic and human stories told in a game in some time. And even this premise starts with a provocative and universal quandary: "How would my life have been altered if I'd taken a different path?"
From there, Eva and Neil worm their way into Johnny's past, starting with the recent past and moving backward. With each leap, Johnny's life and personality come more clearly into focus, even as several mysteries complicate the doctors' progress and threaten to potentially derail their success.

The discoveries and deductions that the pair make aren't just theirs; they're yours too. While the story's several strands tie together by the fabulous ending, To the Moon also asks you to read between the lines and draw your own conclusions.
Two significant plot points that the story hinges upon are deliberately obfuscated: they can be inferred from a great many references, but the game never feels the need to spell things out.
It's a consistently thoughtful game, and all it asks is that you apply some of the same thoughtfulness to your time with it.

It's a game of few pixels, but it makes every single one count. Characters' faces - barely a speck on the screen - are extraordinarily expressive, their body language precisely conveyed.
And despite featuring just a couple of cut-scenes, To the Moon manages to deliver gloriously cinematic sequences throughout, through its expert command of its art style and a stirring soundtrack filled with perfect motifs. One recurrent location is a cliff-top where a tall lighthouse overlooks the ocean, and it astonishes every time it's used. The tender musical melodies from the soundtrack. Wistful piano themes come in at the right moments and set the mood perfectly. Even the few tense moments in the game are accompanied by appropriately dramatic music to change the atmosphere entirely.

Its not easy to write about the game, because the only real reason to play it is the story. I could go deeper into the story, but spoiling it would be a great disservice to any potential players...
To the Moon captures in six hours many of the difficulties and feelings of what it’s like to live with the memories of the great and terrible times in our own lives. To the Moon is a game you must play!

Score: 81 / 100


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67 of 73 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This game had me from the start. I knew I was going to be filled with emotion following the story and the soundtrack. This was truly a little piece of hidden art. I actually did not want it to end and I must admit that I may have shed a tear. This is one of those stories that makes you not want to take a break to eat or take phone calls. If you want a game full of heart ... this would be your diamond!
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I cried. And you'll cry. And you won't feel ashamed to cry for this game. 'Cause it's sad, and happy, and depressing, and enlightening at the same time. 'Cause it kicks right in the feels.

From time to time I load the OST and remember the story, and those feels... they're back. And the tears are almost back, almost always.

Definitely one of my favourite games ever. 6/5
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This story is simply gorgeous.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
To The Moon is a beautiful game with a awesome soundtrack and a story that will make you cry, the characters and the graphics are just perfect For This class of game.

10/10 This is a game That every gamer must play, highly recommended.

PD: I can not wait for the sequel :D
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
♥♥♥♥ this sappy cheese fest. Emotionally manipulative.... brilliance. How DARE you make me cry.

Davids main morph was a Lion. I DID Google it.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
HOLY SHEEIT MY FEELS ಥ_ಥ
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I was very "reluctant" to play this game because the control, resolution and other technical things... Well I'm very happy about I ignored that stuff and I just enjoyed the travel through this wonderful story.

+Music!
The music is great and plays a big role in the history. Very simple tracks but very touching. I'm writing this while I'm listening the main theme of the game. I love it.
+Characters
I dont want spoil nothing but you will love the main chars and the references that they make to movies, anime, series and more.
+Story
This dont need explain. The big point of this game is this, so play it and discover what's hidden in this apparently simple game with rpgmaker graphics.

-Resolution
I didn't play this game before because this. Play with that crappy resolution and that black borders really annoying me but well, this deserve the effort but it's still horrible.
-Control
Arrows to move? Seriously?...

I can not do anything more except recommend you again to play this... Play, enjoy the story and cry like a little girl at the end for gaben sake.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Play. Cry. Play again. Cry again.

To The Moon is an emotional tale in every single detail. Saying something more is spoil the story!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
i cried god damint
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Este es un juego sencillo pero con una gran historia. Sin spoilers un resumen de como comienza la historia: Una persona está ya muriendo en una cama y dos científicos entran en la mente del mismo para analizar sus memorias y cumplirle un último deseo. Es una historia de aventura y ciencia ficción. Muy bueno le doy 9/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
A game just made me cry for like, an hour.

You should probably play it too.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
What can I say? When I first booted up To the Moon I was expecting an RPG in the likes of final fantasy (based on the graphics). Instead what I got was a gripping and emotional rollercoaster ride filled with joy, love and loss. The characters have realistic personalities and funny at times which makes it easier to connect to them. The soundtrack is superb and does a marvelous job of setting the mood during gameplay. The story is the main attraction here, taking elements from Pixar's 'UP' as inspiration for the mature themes presented. The only fault is the gamplay, which is just moving around and doing simple puzzles, however the focus of this game isn't the gameplay (it's more like an interactive visual novel).

I highly recommend everyone to play this game or at least have a go. It's a story you won't forget.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I was a bit reluctant to playit at first but it grow to me. Wish I could've finished it in one go.
This is the kind of game which you should just play. Don't ask any questions. Feel the game. Shed tears.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
The most beautiful game ever. The soundtrack and the story are just a piece of art. I think that this game can change our way of thinking. :)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
I can't recommend this game enough, I cried 15 minutes straight just at the ending.

It's a must-own, must-play experience. Just try it, play it, the game will speak for itself. You WON'T regret it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
It's not so much a game as it is an experience, but its one hell of a good one. A definite must have for anyone who enjoys a great story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
*sigh* Completed 2 indie games in a row in one sitting? GG, no life.
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WARNING:Possible implied spoilers (will try my best not to give out major ones)

!$@!$#$%#$ Where do I start? I felt like going on an indie game spree today, so I started off with the swapper then I end up here. "To the Moon" is most emotionally compelling game I've ever played, and that says a lot for 3 hours (other time spent afk), nothing compares to what this game gave in such a small amount of time. Don't let the $10 price tag fool you, if you can read I can assure you you'll get your money's worth 10 folds.

Although I've nitpicked "The Swapper" for it's lack of a challenge, "To the Moon" sets the bar so high I won't even dock points for it's simplicity(really, unless you can't read, there's no reason at all not to buy this game). For "emotionally compelling", I can defintely say this game leads closely towards the sad side. Kan Gao beautifully inserts questions into your mind while consistently lets you find out the answer for yourself, along this sea of grief, he seamlessly inserts halarious comic reliefs, such as the joke Final Fantasy styled battle at the beggining of the game (there really is no legit fighting).

Although I'd like to type more, It would end up with me giving major spoilers. As a note towards the ending, it's a little controversial and I'd agree that it could of been a little different in the audience's favor, in the end there's no denying that it's still extremely well done (along with the mind ♥♥♥♥ if you pay attention during the bridge scene and at the end of the credits). Coincidentially, I happen to be playing this game a week after it's successor, "A Bird Story" was released a week ago, it happens to be more story oriented and I will be looking foward to getting it with high expectations (not of that which compares to To the Moon however, we've seen this happen before and it does not end well with fans.)

Overall, one of my first legit reviews (You need to upvote my other ones, like now) 10/10. (11/10 if the movement was perfected --- that's really the only con for me)

EDIT: Can't believe I left off the part that contributed the most to the story--- THE MUSIC, transitioned well throughout the whole game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This was the first game i have played through and completed to 100% in one sitting. I absolutely love it. The music is what really gets me, saying all this it is a bit repetative but still absolutely brilliant, whilst im writing this im tempted to download it and play it all through again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
No words can describe this story.
Play it and find out. You will not regret.
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