A story-driven experience about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories, in order to artificially fulfill his last wish.
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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:

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

-Kan (@reives_freebird)

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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
"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

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
273 of 306 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Don't cry. Don't cry. Don't cry...

I cried.
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229 of 259 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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+ some beautiful backgrounds
- low resolution
- technically outdated

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

+ atmospheric sound
- no voice output

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

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

+ 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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120 of 129 people (93%) 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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70 of 76 people (92%) 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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86 of 101 people (85%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I'm meant to be doing IT work right now but I'm bored, so I thought "why don't I review a game?"

Well, I say a game, but To The Moon is more than a game. It's a story, and a damn good one at that. To The Moon sits on a prestigious list of "Games that made me cry". This list features games such as:

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time
Metal Gear Solid 4
LA Noire
Unboxing 40 crates on TF2

On a more serious note, I thoroughly recommend this game to everyone. It has a beautifuly written story that makes me want to replay it again and again, a beautiful soundtrack that deserves the purchase and has beatiful artwork, especially considering this was made in RPG Maker. Even if you aren't a fan of story driven games I'd pick this up, I wasn't and this is probaby in my top 5 games I've played this year.

10/10 - Would cry again
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
I know I'm a little late but what this game has delivered to me, made me think, taught me is gonna last a long time.
To The Moon, a game developed by FreeBird Studios, makes you play the role of two tech enthusiasts from Sigmund Corp who work to fullfill people's last wish. After a roadkill and a car crash, the two doctors arrive at their latest client's abode. An abandoned lighthouse, a large house with a sick man and his maid and grasslands with animals around is what the doctors find. But when they ask for Mr. John Wyles's dying wish, they get - "He wants to go to the moon."

To The Moon's strong assets :-
  • A perfectly executed beautiful story which you'll play time and again.
  • Simplistic gameplay.
  • Enchanting music which keeps hold of you for a time long enough.
  • Sceneries embellished by 16 bit graphics.
  • Well scripted dialogues making you laugh and heartfelt at the same time.
  • Adorning the atmosphere are the strongly developed characters.
  • A spellbinding lasting appeal.

"What if you forget or get lost?"
"Then we can always regroup on the moon, silly!"

Now I've to reciprocate - there was not a single aspect of the game that curbed or strifled the flow of execution in any manner except its short length. It was what you call - near perfection.

To The Moon isn't just a story, it is not just a form of media. It is an experience.
You cannot just play the game and forget that you ever did, it gives you an escapade which will accompany you for the best part of your life. To the Moon is peerless and unparalleled. To The Moon is a piece of mastery.

My Rating - "Transcendant"
Traditional Rating - 9 on 10.
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48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Even if 10years past or more,To the moon,still shining...no matter how the world has been changed.. the people changed. she is still shining.

play alone..play with your heart, peace and quiet.when everting is done...the game is finished, and tell your firend,tell your parent,tell the people you love that You love them.

a brilliant game. please try it.may you find peace.
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56 of 73 people (77%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
CRY Simulator
can't wait for new product.
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Warning: For now, on Linux and Mac platforms, the features are still unstable, you won't get an achievement, after you finished the game, and a bonus game, which is attached into the game's folder. So try to avoid playing on Linux and play on Windows instead.


Have you ever met someone who loves doing a job for dying people, making their wishes come true? Only get supports from those who are going to die and only get accepted from those who are already dead? Most importantly, how hard does it take to get the job done? What will you receive after making other people's wishes come true since they will be already dead after that?

This game is all about the story of a dying old man and his one last wish. You will absorb its heart-felt story through your playing. The soundtracks keep your mood on a good pace throughout all the scenes. Great characters you would grow to love. Every character has its own important role that will effect your feeling in a quite good impact.

Its story simply, quietly, gently, made me shed tears. After I finished the game, I re-played all soundtracks and still felt so much feel. Give it a try. I'm sure It'd be worth every bit of both your cent and your time.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
i don't know what to say but i know for sure this is an experience i will never forget my whole life.

if you play this i know for sure that
1- Tears will be shed (you will really really cry)
2- Emotions will run high
3- you will get goosebumps like never before
4- you will question a lot of things in your life and many of the decisions you made since your childhood till this moment.

also the Soundtrack is amazing

do yourself a favor and try it, its just 4 hours long but it will linger in your memory for a very very long time
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Manly tears aside, To the Moon is a masterpiece. Im blown away. Im left speechless. One of the best experiences in my whole life.

p.s. Play in one sitting.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Such a great story, totally worth every single minute spent on this game, +1
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33 of 44 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This game is awesome.
10 out of ♥♥♥♥ing 10.
Right in the feels.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This story is simply gorgeous.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
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
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
No need to tell about the story - you already read about that in the description, so I just want to tell about what it is to be played. It is the most emotional and heart touching game for me.
Because of the graphic style it doesn't look like a classic p&c adventure game at first sight, but it really is! Nothing for those that need hard puzzles to enjoy a game though.
Some people might prefer to classify it as a kind of interactive story because of the easy puzzeles but that's not the point here.
It touches your heart deeply and I read a lot of times about adults commenting that were stirred to tears or cried during the play while the story enfolds more and more (also males!).
Several games managed to catch me at some scenes or with the story (sometimes sad and sometimes funny) but I never finished a game crying before this one.
Also Laura singing that song is really awesome.

This game will leave you with lots of thoughts about life and death, dreams and much more ... so be prepared.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3

It has everything:
A fantastic classic Soundtrack,
pretty detailed retro-graphic,
great dialogues and
a so much depth and touching story.

10/10 people will cry (not even once)
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
One of the most emotionally moving games I have played. Seriously this game is a gem! It has it all, beautiful writing, story, and music. There is only 1 acheivement in this game and it's for finishing it altogether. Steam global acheivement stats as of right now only show about 15% of players that own this game went all the way to the end, a real shame if you ask me.

15/10 Would cry again.

PS> Marathon this game for full effect, took me around 3 hours from start to end.
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42 of 68 people (62%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
"You never cockblock someone in the middle of a kamehameha."
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Excellent game, will make you cry!!
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