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 (14,923 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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February 18

(Free) 2nd Sigmund Minisode released

The new 20-minute short with Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts should now be updated into your Steam folder. c: It's currently Windows-only, but the Mac version should be incoming soon, with the Linux version sometimes this week.

Post & info here:


To play it, get the free DLC, and then launch the game manually from the To the Moon \ Minisodes folder in your Steam directory.
[Right click To the Moon from Steam library -> Properties -> Local Files tab -> Browse Local Files]

Hope you enjoy it!

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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 [/list]
    • OS: Major Linux Distribution from 2010
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 capable graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
81 of 83 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Exquisite, emotional storytelling

To the Moon was released late 2011 to immense critical acclaim - it received several awards as one of the best Indie-games of 2011. Steam user reviews are also "overwhelmingly positive" (97% positive out of nearly 12.000 reviews is really impressive). That's already quite an achievement by itself, as it was the first game made by the then new and really small development studio "Freebird Games". So I went into this game with quite some expectations, and I am very happy they were all fulfilled, and more.

To put it frankly: as a game that wants to tell an original, emotionally involving story, To the Moon is simply among the very, very best. Its story is so original, so gripping and so sad at some points, that I found myself completely absorbed by it, and I played through the entire game in one day and almost in a single go. That's no exceptional feat: it's not very long, I needed just under six hours to reach the end. But what wonderful six hours these were! Since To the Moon relies for more than 90% on its story and its twists and turns, I won't spoil anything here. Suffice it to say that I felt involved in a way that a good book or a good movie can achieve -and maybe even more.

It's not only the story that is gripping, there is more to it. To the Moon dwells extensively on very important social and philosophical questions, such as the desire to develop one's individuality amid a rather bland society, or man's right to decide (or not) on his own life's ending. Heavy and even depressing as this may sound, in reality the game succeeds wonderfully in touching these delicate issues in a subtle way, made all the more digestible by its great use of humour. I found myself quite often laughing aloud, only to feel tears coming up the next minute or so. It's this so difficult to achieve balance between humour and depth, that makes this game outstanding and a true piece of art. Dialogues, of which there are plenty, are simply masterful: all credits to the story- and copy-writers for this one.

Not everything is perfect, though: the actual gameplay is rather bland and even repetitive, since it mostly involves moving the two playable characters around on a small map and interacting with objcets and other persons in a rather straightforward point-and-click adventure-syle. Happily, the inventory is kept very simple, but there are is a whole series of mini- (even micro-) games that is simply boring. But even this rather disappointing gameplay vanishes into nothing thanks to the story and the emotions it evokes. The subtle 16-bit graphics are quite interesting: even though heavily pixelated, they manage to bring across quite some detail, even on an emotional level.

All in all, this is a gem of a game; a testimony to the fact that Indie-games have evolved into gamings most innovative department, where content is so much more important than package. It's a must-have for anyone who takes his gaming even a tiny bit serious.

Overall score: 9.5/10
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185 of 239 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
CRY Simulator
100/10
can't wait for new product.
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67 of 72 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
You'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll cry a lot. Then, by the end, you'll feel a whole lot better for having played it. This game will seriously have a profound effect on you.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
While some games are easily memorable for their gameplay, others will stood out by their Story. To the Moon is a game where the story is clearly the winner and it’s the reason why everyone should spend their time playing it. I’ll start by saying that it may not be a game that will please most of the players but consider starting the game with an open heart and the experience will be a remarkable one. The two main characters are doctors who go by the name of Watts and Rosalene and their jobs can be many things, but common isn’t one of them. They can provide an alternative, a different path to the ones whose life is approaching the end. During the story, your role is to help your patient to fulfil his wish: going to the moon. While it may seem an odd thing to wish for, there may be a reason for it, but that, is up to you to find out.

You start by going from the most recent memories to the older ones, until you reach the point where you may find key-points in the Johnny’s past. But as you advance in the game you start to create a bond to his memories which can be odd, considering it’s just a job and Johnny is a stranger for you, but remember, if you let yourself immerse into the story you will end playing a much better game this way. There’s not much to be said about the Story itself without spoiling most of it to be honest. The game is very straight to the point, hence its short length but this can be a good thing because there won’t be any unnecessary time spent doing pointless quests or wandering off for long. You have a goal, this is your job and emotions should be left aside, but play this game as intended and emotions will surely make part of this experience. As they should.

The music/soundtrack is as much important as the story because during certain events you will be listening to a nice piano tune that will provide warm feelings or a sense of loss, sadness and curiosity. I don’t believe the game to be any sort of depressing, as humor also plays an important role in To the Moon. Small conversations with some jokes and jests will arise from time to time to create a lighter mood since, after all, this is your goal and you shouldn’t let your personal feelings obstruct your intents. While I’m sure many will leave satisfied with the story (weather you end up liking the very end or not) and the music as well, do not come expecting some heavy gameplay mechanics or a rather lengthy game. I believe its short size can be a strong point this time because it takes you right where you need to be so I would advise to not measure your time and money invested with the length of the game but rather in its storytelling. If you are able to past the simple visuals with almost no gameplay mechanics, and if you let yourself engage in the Story while listening to the wonderful soundtrack then To the Moon will be a perfect fit to play in the between of any other lengthier games you are currently playing. It’s a respectable violence-free game, short but sweet experience filled with some humor, remarkable music and probably some tears as well. Play the game as intended, do not haste, do not do anything else while playing it and I’m sure your money will be a good investment. Enjoy the story.

PS: As you may have noticed, English is not my first language so I apologize for the lack of a better grammar and steady writing.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Concise and beautiful.

It's a short game, but I would definitely say it's worth the purchase. The soundtrack is superb, it evokes a lot of emotion. I personally find it important to have a good soundtrack let alone a great story. I loved the way they progressed through the story backwards and still successfully made the game play out smoothly. I wouldn't suggest buying this game if you're purchasing games for gameplay or graphics. To the Moon is basically a story but you have to push buttons to read it. When I first began the game, I had a mindset where I believed the story was going to be linear, predictable. But I was wrong! I found myself wanting to know more, because a lot is left out and told to you later. I didn't think the game was "too short," I thought it was perfect. Just like watching a movie.

Granting a bed ridden elderly person's wish through altering his memory. Interesting. Throughout the game you will realize that you will be encountering powerful symbolism and significant events that led to the present day John.

I cried.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
An Impassioned And Engrossing Story // A Perfect 'Rainy Day' Title

+ Astonishing soundtrack that will stay with you long after completion
+ Successful injections of humor and self-awareness pervade throughout the tale
+ Memento puzzles are a breath of fresh air, and are placed in a way that does not offset the pacing or the narrative
+ Has a lot of emotional depth; at times, it is really quite overpowering
+ Narrative is novel and well-written
+ Characters are relatable, charming, and their interactions have a deep impact on the player

- No audio/visual/control options of any kind
- No alternate endings or unlockable content; in addition, the extremely linear playthrough leaves little in the way of replay value

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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
"A story-driven experience about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories, in order to artificially fulfill his last wish."

♥ I have finished this game ♥

This is a beautiful and well thought out game. It's no easy feat to create a story that progresses backwards in time so that you can fully appreciate the present. The game is short, which may be a perk for some and not others. I feel the length of this game was perfect. There are many references in this game, and it's fun to find them! The sound track is beautiful and really helps influence your emotions.

This game is emotion and story driven. As for gameplay mechanics, you basically walk around (using your mouse), collecting memories so that you can progress to the next period in time. You watch this dying man's life unfold from the present until he was a young child. This is a heavy dialog game, and you have to click to go through the dialog. So walking, collecting, and dialog. Each time you progress to the next point in time, you have to solve a little puzzle. The puzzles aren't that difficult, and I found it kind of fun.

You grow to really care about the characters. You sympathise with them.

If you do not shed even one little tear at the end, you might want to have yourself tested. You may in fact not be human.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
WHAT A WONDERFUL GAME !!!

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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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Played 'To the Moon'...

... and only cried for ten hours.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
I don't cry in games but...This game will make you cry,as i cried.

Everything in this game is perfect,the story,the soundtrack,the simple gameplay.

I recommend for everyone.
10/10
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
10/10 Would wack moles again
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I was NOT prepared to that T_T
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
This game is the best christmas present I've ever gotten
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
- The best story in a videogame EVER!
- You can beat this game in just one day. But what a day it will be!
- This game can make even the manliest men cry! I checked!

Go play To the Moon, won't regret!

The music though... Too good :')
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I am impressed, nothing more nothing less. This game manages to move it's player emotionally: sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always touching and moving. Gameplay wise interaction is very limited and feels clunky, however in the end it doesn't matter, as it is all about the story.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
To The Moon is one of the most touching and sad game in my life, no doubt.

This game - a life-long story, a story that will be remembered for a long time and story that is able to touch your heart.

Music in this game always fits the situation and sets you in the right mood. Piano tracks are amazing and my favorite one is "Everything's Alright" along with "For River".

The story itself is great. Story of a man who is going to die very soon and he wishes to fly to the Moon, and how it ends... ending made me happy and sad at the same time.

Thanks to the developer for this small and beautiful miracle.
Thank you, Kan Gao.
:'(
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
To the Moon is one of the best games I have ever experienced.

It's about two doctors trying to fulfill an old, dying man's wish of going to the moon. And that's about everything I can really say, as saying anything more than that would spoil it.

The game is designed really, really well, has lovely graphics, and on top of the amazingly written story (which is so emotional that my eyes have teared up - twice) is the breathtaking music that just makes it all feel even better.

In terms of content and size, To the Moon is short and you can finish it in one sitting during a rainy afternoon, while offering little to no replayability value. So is it worth your money? Yes.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
You know those folks who say this game will make you cry?

They are right.

But they are happy, even triumphant tears.

Try not to find out much about the story, just buy it and enjoy the amazing experience...this story could be made into a major motion picture.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
非常文艺新颖的游戏,勾起了我无数学生时代的回忆。音乐也很好听,建议入手
我发现的细节
1,很多音效取自于星际争霸1
2,男主角移动速度比女主角快
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Yes, I cried.
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