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 (436 reviews) - 96% of the 436 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (22,996 reviews) - 97% of the 22,996 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 1, 2011

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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

"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

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
    • 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 (436 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (22,996 reviews)
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svharalambous
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
This was the single most emersive story-driven game I have ever experienced..and it was made by a handful of guys using RPG maker.

It's games such as this that remind us that the medium used doesn't play a major role in creating a masterpiece. Its too often that giant game companies spend millions making a title that looks and feels great, only to fall short on story and character development.

This tiny little game made me fall in love with the characters from the very beginning and cry like a 4 year old girl towards the end. I can honestly say that no game, movie, book or show has ever done that to me.

Well done Sirs! (and Ma'ams)
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mainframer
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Nice concept and execution, but there were times when the writing was just too juvenile to enjoy.
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Fear [DC]
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
When I picked up this game at 10pm one Tuesday evening, I had no idea what I was in for. Three hours later, I can safely say that the reviews do not lie - To The Moon is a beautiful game, an emotional rollercoaster packed with humour, sadness, and some seriously haunting moments, all to the backing of an amazing soundtrack. There is not much in the way of gameplay, and there is no challenge whatsoever, but it's worth a play for the story alone.
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ha.dang.dk
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
A beautifully written, heart-warming story of love. Rather unique gameplay, mixed with a touch of humour and pop culture. Highly recommended.
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Mumra
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
The story itself is largely a ripoff of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, except that film was so brilliantly written and delivered that it's completely unfair to compare them. Go and see that film if you haven't, it's genius.

To The Moon's writing is just painful, as it tries desperately hard but fails to be funny around what is ultimately supposed to be emotional and touching material, but the emotional aspects themselves just come across as trying too hard and are not really that engaging, to be honest I found myself literally wincing inside. It's also so slow getting through dialogue, if this was simply written as a book I could've read through the conversations about five times as quickly, but the game just makes you wait for each and every painful and not particularly well-written line.

Finally there is actually no game here, each scene is just go and find the same five or so objects that are identical to the objects you found in the previous scene, none of them are even hidden in any interesting ways or require any puzzle solving ability.

Definitely not my cuppa tea.
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Saulios
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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Zed Clampet
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
So I got this game in a bundle. It's not something I would normally purchase, and I didn't play it for the longest time because, well, it looked like all those RPG Maker games. Finally I decided to play it after being encouraged to by a fan of the game, and all I can say is, "Wow".

Sure there isn't much gameplay to speak of, but the story is absolutely brilliant. Everyone likes a great story, right? For that reason I can confidently recommend this game to anyone: anyone with a heart, that is. Just amazing story telling.

All that being said, if you're the standard, immature gamer who has to shoot things or be constantly entertained by testing your reflexes, then just stay away.
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Captain Kail
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
In the mood for a good cry but need something more interactive than watching The Color Purple? This is the game for you.
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NuclearRampage
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Great game.
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Knegoff
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Det här spelet har en asbra pianolåt i sig så det var värt det bara för den men spelet overall är ganska charmigt har jag för mig jag minns inte allt är en blur mitt liv är en blur
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Product received for free
I got this game as a gift from my boyfriend, and when I first started playing it I viewed it as another game. But when I decided to play through it completely with my boyfriend sitting there with me, I had my heart shattered, rebuilt, and then shattered again as I witnessed the most beautiful love story within a game. This is a must have, and when it goes on sale during Steam Sales, I would recommend it highly as a 1st purchase.

I love this game, and there isn't a day that goes by that I haven't stopped thinking about it. 10/10 would have my heart shattered again
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
A great and riveting story. I liked it :)
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

PROS
~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.

CONS
~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.
7/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
To The Moon is simply put the most beautiful experience I've ever had in a looooong time. It takes an alternate approach to story-telling by going backwards in the timeline, and really pays off in the end as a result. It only took four hours for me to finish, but by the end I was covered in tears. Despite the lack of gameplay, the simple concept of exploration was enough for me to continue for I felt that any sort of standard gameplay mechanic would draw away from the story itself. It was an unforgettable journey, and if anyone in the world tells you that video games aren't art just shove this game into their face.

Brilliant Story. Touching Soundtrack. Gorgeous Pixel Art. Just Play It.

P.S. Now I'll never look at a platypus the same way again.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
You need to give the game a chance to get up to speed. The first 30 minutes to an hour feels like some uninteresting attempt at a walking simulator made in RPGMaker.

However, once you reach the point where you start to travel back in time through the memories of the dying man, things start to become really interesting.

The music is top notch, and brings a well done story to the next level.

I had extremely high expectations after hearing about this game. And although it wasn't the greatest story in videogames ever, it was certainly really good, and well worth the 3-4 hours of your time.
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