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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Overwhelmingly Positive (418 reviews) - 96% of the 418 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (23,042 reviews) - 97% of the 23,042 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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Overwhelmingly Positive (418 reviews)
Overwhelmingly Positive (23,042 reviews)
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26.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
My favourite game. This holds a special place in my heart and always will.
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Euryale Eclipse
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
Ladies, gentlemen, brace yourselves for an exquisite feels trip to the moon.
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4.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
To The Moon


+ Being a game created on RPG Maker XP, the gameplay is standard 16-bit RPG stuff, only without the actual role-playing. You mostly walk around solving puzzles and finding stuff in between dialogue sequences. Being a plot-driven game, To The Moon benefits greatly from this approach by keeping you focused on the bigger picture (the story) while letting you actively play a part in the narrative ;
+ Soundtrack is amazing... words cannot express ;
+ Character development is outstanding, all the greater of an accomplishment for being a 16-bit game ;
+ Dialogues overall are well-written and witty ;
+ Neat UI to keep track of your progress and other data ;
+ A computer with over 10 years could run this game ;
+ The premise is interesting and develops into a beautiful and bittersweet story you won't soon forget ;


- The dynamic between the characters you control is spoiled by the amount of immature jokes and puns used in their dialogues. Toning it down to about 20% would have been a compliment the overall flow and feel of the game, given all the emotional weight it comes with.

To The Moon is an original game with an original concept ; it tells the story of an old man named John who wanted to go to the moon before he died. Thus is your mission to take him there, the rest you'll figure out by yourself. To The Moon had me smiling, even laughing and definitely crying through many moments during my 5 hour playthrough. I heavily recommend this to anyone and everyone who ever played a videogame, and given how you could virtually run it on a potato, the game itself is all the more inclusive. I bought this game on sale, but given the experience I've had with it, I wouldn't mind having paid the full price for it (currently 7,99€). The devs deserve all the cents sunk into this game.

On an even more subjective note, if you've got a chance to play this game in one or two sitting(s), you might as well take it. Grab some tissues, put on your headphones and give this game 5 hours of your life.

P.S.: If you're really into this game and happen to like movies (unprecedented!), be sure to check the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Well now I'm sad.
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Imaginer VS Gaming
10.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
I cried so hard after playing this game. Hands down, this is one of my favorite RPG Maker of all time. An absolutely breath-taking adventure with memorable characters and brilliant music. I would recommend this game to anyone.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
do you like crying? well then, this game is perfect for you.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
This is a decent little game that I binged in a few hours. It is more like an interactive pixel movie than a game but the story is very nice, sappy, and funny at times. I am a grown ♥♥♥ man and I cried playing it lol.
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Wooden PC
8.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Hard to tell this game without spoil anything, but it's amazing game.
NO, i mean it's not even game, just story with piece of art and amazing soundtrack.

*insert the feels meme here*
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A Batman
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
This isn't a game so much as it is a piece of art. There's no "game" here- it's just a story. A story that takes you through the tale of a man's life. From being just a boy to being a dying old man, you get to witness this man's life. You experience all the happy heartfelt moments, and the sad, heart wrenching ones. It's a truly beautiful and moving story, and one that is not forgotten. It gave me a different persepctive on life, and helped me through some hard times.
This story is one that I know I will come back to later on, and one that I am grateful to have experienced.
Do yourself right an set aside the mere 4 hours it takes to play through this and just sit down and play it. It is accompanied by some fantatsic music tracks, and I guarantee that you will enjoy it.

"The ending isn’t any more important than the moments leading to it."
-Dr. Eva Rosalene, To The Moon
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Clyde the Hobo
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
tl;dr I can barely type through all these tears, bro. 10/10 would cry like a little ♥♥♥♥♥ again

"To the Moon" is exceptionally powerful in terms of story. It's a bittersweet love story told in reverse as the two player characters try completing their mission of sending their client to the moon, even if only in mind. Needless to say, a second playthrough is recommended just to catch all the little details you didn't notice the first time. The music perfectly compliments each scenario and aside from one or two non-sequitur scenes, "To the Moon" is arguably one of the greatest gaming stories of the past decade.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
To the Moon is a game that's hard to review, because it's hard to tell you in detail why it's great without spoiling anything. At the same time, if you just tell people a game is great and you can't tell them why, they're bound to avoid it because it raises expectations and they can only be disappointed from there.

So let me tell you instead what it isn't and work from there. To the Moon isn't your standard pixelated RPG with 20 hours of grinding and half a dozen colorfully troubled individuals who have to band together to save the world from an unspeakable evil. The only RPG it reminded me of is Chrono Trigger, and that only because, like Chrono Trigger, it has a soundtrack for the ages. The game elements in it are very shallow and you will never be required to make a meaningful choice anywhere. It's got just about enough interactivity that you can still call it a game rather than just a story, but at the same time it's clearly all about the story. And the story, when you get down to it, isn't even all that clever. It's got nothing in it that you haven't seen somewhere before, especially if you're a fan of unconventional drama or sci-fi crossing over with the mental landscape (think Memento, Inception, and especially Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The story isn't a ripoff of anything, mind you, but if it was told in a straightforward manner it probably wouldn't impress you.

But the story isn't told in a straightforward manner, and this is where To the Moon really takes off (pardon the pun). This is the kind of material where it's so easy to become pretentious and melodramatic that the game goes into the territory of Art with a capital A just in the way it manages to avoid that. The framing story of two doctors who've done this all before and to who this is just another job (to the point of them making irreverent and occasionally downright crass comments about what's going on) keeps it firmly grounded. When there's a big emotional moment, the game no more than touches on it through the dialogue, never making the mistake of hitting you over the head with how you're supposed to feel. It leaves it all up to you whether you just want to say "good stuff" when you're finally at the end, or instead cry for five minutes straight, like I did. (The way I could empathize with one of the protagonists probably helped.)

How much do I like this? Let me put it this way: I got this for practically nothing as part of a bundle and left it lying on the shelf for a long time before giving it the old 30 minute tryout. Four hours and one handkerchief later I bought the game at full price on Steam just so I could put up this review. That's $2 per hour of memorable gameplay, and that's a better deal than you'll get from most summer blockbuster AAA titles.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Personally I liked this game , but to be honest not for everyone. Read an equal mixture of positive/negative reviews and decide.

~The story*
~Characters (although most info on the protagonists will be found in the minisodes)
~The art

(*) The story is good , but not great. Fans of the game may say it is "GENIUS" but in my opinion there was no genius plot element or twist, it was a a good and nice story and that`s all.

~The controls*
~The humor**

(*) The characters` movements feel "slidey" . I think the maps are made on a grid pattern so if you use a keyboard you might stop pressing the key but the character will keep moving to the end block , it creates a "slidey" feeling and puts me kinda off. You can of couse you can use a mouse so it`s up to you , I prefer keyboard and the keyboard didn`t feel right.
(**) The humor feels forced and cringey. Dr.Watts for example constantly makes jokes and puns, I think they are intentionally written bad and cringey but I think it was unnecessary.

I personally suggest you try it, you will probably like it.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
I knew To the Moon received a lot of praise, I had it in my library for a long time but never tried it. I finally decided to see what is was about. It started slowly, it didn't catch my interest right away. But I kept playing past the first hour and could not put it away until it was over. I played the whole game in one sitting (4.5 hours), it was truly amazing.

The graphics are not what make this game great, the gameplay is minimalist, very linear as you cannot decide how the story will change, you just walk around and do whatever is required to keep the story unfolding in front of you. But the story is amazing, touching, sad and beautiful, sometimes funny, simply brilliant. It would make an awesome movie, I hope they do it someday. It would without any doubt become the best movie based on a video game ever made.

If you have a heart, you must play this game.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
A great and riveting story. I liked it :)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
This is one of the best games i've ever played in my entire life so far. The game has a great story which makes you want to play the game over and over again. After just a couple of minutes of gameplay you notice how much time and thought the game developers have put into it. I recomend this to anyone who likes games with a good story and good music. You don't have to like RPG games to like this one. This is one of the few games that will probably make you cry. I can't wait till Freebird Games makes a sequel. The game is worth the money and i give it 12/10 stars
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
This gaaaame. I love this game so much. From the utterly captivating story to the interesting game mechanic of travelling through memories, this game delivers and more. And then to find out that one of the characters has Asperger's just like me was the cherry on top of the cake. Thank you for the lovely representation. <3
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Very beautiful and emotional journey through the memories of a dying man whose last wish is to go to the moon. Two scientists travel back through his memories to fulfill his last wish, but that does not happen without some problems along the way. Told very nicely, excellent story and music, satisfying ending.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Ladies, gentlemen, brace yourselves for an exquisite feels trip to the moon.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
This game will change your life, it's short, it's hard, it hits you like a car.

RT If you cry everytime you listen to the first notes of For River
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
The most incredible and most beautiful work of art I' have ever seen in video games, an absolute masterpiece that all must experience. It is truly perfectly stunning and my all-time favorite of games ever.

I definite must-buy.
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