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 (9,276 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 1, 2011

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Recommended By Curators

"The amazing music resonates beautifully with a bittersweet story. Definitely recomended."


“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

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

    • OS:Windows 98, XP, Vista, 7
    • 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
123 of 133 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
There comes a time in life, sometimes, when you truly wonder about things. Wonder if, every day, there is a time and place for every action you do, every step you make, and sometimes you ask: Is it really worth it? I think like this a lot. Every action that goes on feels so insignificant. Yet, I got the chance to escape from a cruel world, in a world of hope, dreams, sorrow and..reality. With the help of a masterpiece, known as To The Moon, a critically acclaimed indie title released by FreebirdGames.

There are no words to describe this game. You might say it's beautiful, it's touching, amazing, inspiring, hopeful; and, yet, all of those would be true. But one cannot describe in sheer vocalized form what a journey this game takes an individual through. The game may be short, but it is an indescribable adventure through the memories and mind of John, exploring a beautiful, charming and, well, real world of memories he has. This game has so much charm, so much utter personallity, that it could rightfully be considered just one of the most beautiful masterpieces created in gaming. The music is awe-inspiring, the graphics charming and detailed, the characters, memorable and loveable..I don't think there could be a single thing to entail about this game in a negative light.

We, as gamers, often look at the things we play in electronics as, well, just games. They have plots, controls, gameplay, multiplayer, and aspects to look at. To The Moon is not like that. It's not a game. It's a story. Never, once, did I even consider this a game. It was something so beyond my grasp, something so beyond anyone's grasp of stories, that it genuinely brings a tear to the eye. Sure, there may be only 5-6 hours of gameplay, but every minute is a moment in this game. Every second brings something memorable and loveable for the player to enjoy, a sense of wonder and immersion that no game can truly offer like this one..
Honestly, I went into this game with low expectations. When I first heard about it, I scoffed. 'A game about going to the moon? What could that possibly entail?'. I later heard more about the game, watching the trailer and hearing about it from a very special, close friend of mine. As a birthday present, I received this game, and completed it the same day. It was an unforgettable trip. I could recommend anyone to this game and have no regrets what so ever.

Thank you, for taking me on this journey, my love.
It is one no one should be without.
Posted: June 17
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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
This is a very special little game, I really enjoyed it and I think I will always remember this game. ★

+Great characters
+Touching storyline
+Emotionally engaging
+Enjoyable dialogue
+Nice soundtrack
+Satisfying unpredictability
+Psychological elements
+Very creative
+Light humour
+Generally cute

More of an interactive mini movie or novel, but surprisingly, it did exceed my expectations. Despite the old 2D style graphics and the initial feeling of it going to be a boring point and click indie game, it actually had me gripped alot more than other games I own because the story really makes up for it. ツ

#10/10 ✔
Posted: June 12
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38 of 47 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
I cried ); Awesome Story, Great Soundtrack.
Posted: August 10
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
To the Moon is a story-heavy, well executed lovestory by FreeBirdGames. It's about two doctors that travel to fulfill a dying mans last wish. The story is told in a very different way. You controll these two doctors through a bunch of memories. The memories are about Johnny life and his love for River. It's about how he lived his life and what happend during it. Time- travelling, puzzle solving game with much dialogue. The music in this game, mostly piano music, is freaking amazing. It's right on time, very fitting. The conversation between the doctors is really fun. It's good, because the rest of the story is very sad and emotional. The doctors argue about anything really, from olives to driving skills. It made me smile several times. If I had to say something bad about the game? The controls. Sometimes you click and the characters dont really move as you want them to. It can be a bit awkward, but its not that much of a problem since it's mostly just dialogue and not that much moving around. The puzzles are simple, yet fun. To be honest I really like when they're simple because I think hard puzzles are just off-putting and frustrating in a story-heavy game like this. If you happend to like pixelgames or just want a game focused more on story then gameplay, then this is the game for you.
Posted: May 17
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
On occasion in life you come across a moment, or in this case game that you simply feel fortunate enough to witness or again in this case play, and To the Moon is definately one of those games. To the Moon is set in a world where scientists can fullfil and create memories and thus giving John who is the centre charector a chance to complete his final wish to travel To the Moon . You play as two of these scientists and it becomes clear early on that visiting people's memories to fullfil these wishes is just part of their job, and that they hold no emotional ettachment with their clients. As the story unfolds you are forced to visit John's unpleasent memories which are tied together with completing this wish, as the two scientists witness these remininescences of the past they begin to connect with John, you slowly begin to see that in this special case they no longer consider it their duty nor their obligation to fullfill this task but too do it out of good will - they begin to care for him. As the story progresses it takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, like the two scientists the theme transferred i started to care for John. This game moved me like few others out there can and I would like to thank the main developers and in addition the main writer of the music Laura Shigihara.
If i was to describe this game in one word it would simply be Beautiful. 10 / 10
Posted: August 8
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502 of 533 people (94%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Video games often deal with larger than life situations, and yet it tends to be the simpler things that hit home the most. Borrowing elements from films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Pixar's Up, this is the story of a man on his deathbed attempting to fulfil his lifelong dream to visit the moon.

To go into anymore detail and risk spoilers would be a crime, but know that To The Moon stands as one of the most heartfelt stories of any game I have ever played, and when paired with the immaculate score composed by my much beloved Laura Shigihara, I can hardly imagine how someone could play through it without feeling something.

It's worth noting that what is here consists almost entirely of exposition. This is in by no means a slight against the game, just a fact that needs to be mentioned so you know what you are getting into. I realize that many have a disdain for games that barely warrant being described as such, but in this case I beg that they put aside those prejudices, as I feel if anything could change their minds To The Moon is it.

To say that Freebird Games creation was emotionally affecting to me would be an understatement. Despite coming close on many occasions, I can scarcely recall any game that managed to make me tear up the way To The Moon did. It's a remarkable achievement in not only videogame storytelling, but as a narrative in any medium, and you would be an absolute fool if you passed it up!
Posted: October 25, 2013
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