A story-driven experience about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories to artificially fulfill his last wish.
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Very Positive (179 reviews) - 92% of the 179 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (21,920 reviews) - 97% of the 21,920 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 1, 2011

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“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

"I guess the music's kinda nice..."
-Developer's Aunt

"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 & non-combat 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

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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Sooooo good story! Pixel art game worth playing. Soul food <3
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
"The ending isn't any more important than the moments leading to it."

I've back to this game after years and I still love it. One of the best story i ever seen. Simple gameplay, Amazing soundtrack "For the River" and Perfect Story.
I'm not gonna land among the Stars because i haven't missed shoot for the moon.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
my god, this game. just amazing, quick 4.5h hours but an emotional rollercoaster for sure. Took me about an hour to really get into it. I rushed through the final party becuase i just had to find out more.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
OK, with that out of the way, we can finally get to business.

The game To the Moon is a story driven game where the player takes control of two scientists who are sent to an old mans' home to work in his memories to send him to the moon. It has many moments to make you smile, and many moments to make you cry, as well as some to bring about both reactions at one time.
  • The gameplay is relatively nonexistent, however, it fits the game and how it was intended to be played. It consists of walking around a memory finding key memory orbs, as well as a memory link (if you're struggling, try the platypus.) Once you unlock the link, you solve a tile puzzle, then repeat the process. (If you're still struggling, move your cursor slowly over people or walk somewhere you didnt think you had to go.) There was one area where the gameplay got a bit different, which some may like, while it just broke my immersion.
  • The simple mechanics made this game easy to play, but also easy to get bored while playing for some.
  • The graphics were beautiful. They flowed smoothly for a pixelated game, and everything blended together well. Some may say that "You need to be able to see what to interact with and what not to!" But that simply isn't the case in this game. The fun is in the hunt for what you need. Of course, some things you will find will be a given whenever present, but for the beginning and a few things in each memory, the graphics play beautifully into it.
  • Last and certainly not least, the soundtrack. Pardon me as I fanboy. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I think, nope, not done. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! OK definitely done now. In short terms, buy it, I did, and I have no regrets. In long terms, this games soundtrack is gorgeous. It makes use of the piano as the base for all songs, adding strings in some, not much else for others. It captures the mood of the story so well, and almost carries meaning in and of itself. My favorite is every single one. It reuses songs a lot, but they are so beautiful I still listen to them in my day to day life. If you buy this game for NOTHING else, buy it for the music. It is superb.

While this game may seem boring, it can get emotionally attaching, especially for those in a relationship or very close with another person. I repeatedly kept looking at my own life and thinking, "Yeah, that sounds familiar!" While other times I looked at my own life going "OH NO, WHY IS THIS SO FAMILIAR!" And proceeded to cry for the next couple minutes, trying to play the game still. This is definitely a game to make you feel happy, sad, and even maybe a bit mad, but not a game for mindless joy.



I played this game completely open to myself, my life, and people around me. I tried to find parallels, or think to the future in order to connect to what was happening. I am certainly no old man, so it helped to think about how it would be to be taking my final breaths. I could do this safely, I have what I would classify as a strong mind. However, I know some people very close to me that tried that and got highly anxious, some even breaking down completely. If this may be you, please, do not feel pressured to play this way, and don't try to. Besides that, try to play the game by putting yourself inthese situations. Try to put yourself in the shoes of an old man wanting to go to the moon, try to put yourself in the feet of a young man marrying a woman with a mental disorder.
Finally, be prepared to cry. This story is so tragic, it isnt even the love story. In one scene, the big twist, a mother accidentally hits her son with her car, killing him. It turns out to not be the old man (obviously), but instead his twin brother. After that, it's revealed he was given beta blockers, a drug to essentially delete traumatic memories. His mother is actually so distraught, she starts acting like the living twin is the dead twin, calling him the dead ones name, Joey, and almost forcing him to live the life his twin brother wanted to live.


Anyway, this game is so touching and amazing, with some funny moments, sad moments, and joyful moments.

I rate it 9.7/10 PLATYPUSES
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Well this game has been rattling around my library for quite some time now, I finally clicked "play". Then I didn't get out of my chair for the next 3 hours.

To the Moon is a great story, the whole game plays out like a nice movie. A few 4th wall breaking references here or there, some comic relief, and of course TONS of sappiness. I really wasn't sure what to expect going into this, but with so many positive reviews and such a neat pricetag I remained fairly optimistic, and honestly any expectations I might've had were blown out of the water by what this game really delivered. I didn't think such a story could be told in this format, I didn't know that so few pixels could make me experience so many feels..

I can't make a pros/cons list for this game really. It wouldn't really make sense. If you want to sit back and casually navigate your way through a captivating story then this game might be for you! If you're looking for a more interactive experience - or maybe want to blow some ♥♥♥♥ up - I wouldn't recommend this for you.

Honestly even if this isn't the type of game you think you'd enjoy I would still recommend waiting for a sale and giving it a shot, I spent 2$ and then one day I was in the mood for something different, and now here I am adding another thumbs up to the mountain of positive reviews this game has :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
creative, fun, charming, sad....life is a ♥♥♥♥♥. 10/10 would cry aga.......oh wait i haven stopped. RIP johnny
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
*Non Spoiler Review*

Even though at the very beginning I was put off by the old styled, low-resolution graphics and without any previous knowledge about this game, it very quickly grew on me soon after I started it.

The dialogues, sadly all just in written form, are both funny and extremely touching.

And... I... have... never... before... cried... this... much... in my life, because of a video game!!!

Seriously, how can such a "simple" point & click puzzle adventure move me to tears?
Answer: The story! The characters!
Even though they're just plain pixels, you feel a deep connection to these characters, from the two buddy scientists to the tragic couple with a very complex backstory which unfolds chapter after chapter, memory after memory.

Gameplaywise you won't be overwhelmed, though sometimes still a bit challenged, especially when you can't find all the necessary clues at first or have to figure out the minigames.
But with some time you'll get the groove of it.
Also there's always some good humour interjected into the experience.

Nevertheless, when you finally have reached the ending, and you've both laughed and used enough tissues to wipe away your tears (stop being so dirty minded, people!), there's just one thing to say: WOW!

A big bravo to the people who wrote this story and developed the characters.
This would actually make an excellent mini series (for a feature film it might be a bit too long)!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I was sceptical about this game, my BF almost forced me to play it.. and it was a wonderful, touching experience. The story is so complicated, with plot-twists and a lot of pop culture references.. can't wait for the sequel.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
There's a great story in here but it needs a professional writer to edit and redraft it. As it is, the dialogue is very clumsy, very painful, very awkward, very unnatural - the inappropriately shoehorned jokes range from unfunny to baffling. Half the story deals with people middle-aged to elderly but the characters all speak consistently like teenagers or young adults. I hate to be that kind of snob but - maybe the overwhelmingly positive rating comes from a mostly younger audience who don't notice the bad dialogue as much? Like how Stephanie Meyer's books are so successful?
It's a shame, the core ideas - mostly Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with chunks of Elfen Lied - are solid and at times I came tantalisingly close to feeling something.

Art and animation and music were all polished, can't fault them. Found the controls to be clunky, seemed a bit haphazard as to whether I could click on a thing or not, and invisible walls everywhere. There's no real gameplay, there's objects or places in the map that when clicked on will help progress the story, same as a lot of walking simulators, which I don't mind if the story's worth it.

This is a completely un-cynical game written with passion and some talent, about a quasi sci-fi future where a dying man's memories of his sometimes troubled marriage to his childhood sweetheart, who lived with asperger's, are relived in a bid to grant his deathbed wish of going to the moon. That's such an awesome setup, and how many video games are we going to get with that kind of thoughtful and creative elevator pitch? And I hate, hate, hate this game for wasting it on what's basically a particularly surreal and lengthy Big Bang Theory episode. Bazoonga! or whatever the ♥♥♥♥ that guy says.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Where do I begin.

I can't begin to express what I'm feeling right now, and I would never want too. I'd want you to experience yourself. I used to scroll past this game every time I ever looked through the recommended listings in the Steam Store as I deemed it as something I wouldn't like.

I was dead wrong.

Without ruining anything about the game, if you love RPG games, not nessecarily horror games, but any RPG games, I would highly recommend this one. Play with an open mind, and an open heart. "To the Moon" will rock your world.
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10.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
baaa omg wow just finished this game and damn this game done ♥♥♥♥ed me up =(. Such a touching story now i have to cry myself to sleep. If your considering getting this game GET IT NOW. It is worth the $10 full price. Such an amazing narrative that sucks you in.
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I Am Circles.
4.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
10/10 Would cry again
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3.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
The Best Game on Steam. "100 ouf 100"

- Do enjoy touching stories (highly detailed by the way)? Then you simply cannot find anything better out there. Not on games nor on movies.
- Are you a kid? Wait 20 years.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: October 21
Absolutely loved this game. Great ideas, game play mechanics, storyline.... I laughed, cried, cried some more. It is an amazing story! You guys did a great job. You got made me stop crying with that last screen shake at the end there. It would probably be hard but I hope to see this game as a series.
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97.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
meh...didnt like it much
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Dale Bawlz
6.5 hrs
Posted: October 19
A heartbreaking and beautiful story, and an absolute must play in my mind. This should be made into an film...

As for the gameplay itself... The controls aren't the best ( it is worth noting that it's clearly made for mouse play, so don't fret it when your gamepad doesn't work ) and at the start the gameplay isn't fully clear with the links and mementos (which again.. it becomes pretty intuitive), but none of this should stop you from playing this game. It is absolutely worth playing despite any minor flaws.

As a side note.. there is only one achievement, and it is granted simply for completing the game. This is actually quite perfect, because the only thing that is important about this game IS the story. Enjoy it. Don't expect a lot of gaming as this is just the chosen vehicle for the narrative. Don't stress about missing anything.. you won't. Just enjoy the story.

Also.. the music is great.
Bonus points for all the nerdy pop-culture references.

See you on the moon.
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6.1 hrs
Posted: October 19
I thought I would enjoy this game beause it's received such positive reviews. It tries to keep you interested by evoking emotion throughout the storyline, but ends up laying it on VERY thick during the attempt. The writing isn't very good either. I felt like I was watching soap opera without the love triangle. As far as gameplay is concerned, it's nonexistant. There's an attempt but the difficulty is at about a third grade level. So give it a pass if you're looking for a challenging game or if you don't like soaps.
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5.0 hrs
Posted: October 19
Did I cry a lot? Yes.
Did my feels metaphorically get kicked in the balls repeatedly? Yes.
Was there plot twists? Yes.
Would i sugest it? Yes.

This game hurts your emotions so bad... but its such a riveting story and i couldn't walk away from it. (So i literally just spent 5 hours playing this game. Trying my hardest not to cry)

10/10 do buy this game
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