To the Moon, the indie hit from Freebird Games,is now available for purchase on Steam. The adventure classic is available by itself or with the original soundtrack in a bundle. Those who owned an original copy can contact Freebird Games by email with an original order ID# and redeem it for a copy of the Steam version of To the Moon. So, what is To the Moon?
To the Moon is an adventure game in which a dying man named Johnny gets the opportunity to live out one last wish. Two doctors, Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts, stand beside Johnny’s death bed and give him an opportunity to relive the entirety of his life; unfortunately, it is the last thing he will ever be able to do. To the Moon is an exploration of the question “What If?”
Players must make life decisions in To the Moon. It gives a rare opportunity for players to relive life decisions, give love another shot, rediscover friendships, and search for fame and fortune. To the Moon is an exploration of what life can be, presented through an interactive story, with minimalistic gameplay. It is difficult to describe To the Moon’s style of play, and although it looks like a JRPG, it plays more like a point-and-click adventure.
You can currently get To the Moon at a discounted price on Steam until September 14th. A bundle is also available, which includes the OST at a discounted price. You can check out To the Moon on Steam and learn more about Freebird Games at their official website.
Boy, there are a lot of good games out there, but very rarely do I get the chance to write about the ones that I would consider dear favourites. In this case though, Freebird Games’To The Moon is very much that game. It’s the finest experience I had last year that didn’t involve me being away from my computer monitor. And that’s a fairly bold statement for me to make.
For those of you who don’t already own it, or do but prefer your games to be categorised alphabetically in one terrifying list, To The Moon is coming to Steam on September 7th.
A lot of people throw around phrases like ‘one of the best…’ or ‘could be considered…’ when talking about games, but not me and not here. If you have a heart and you don’t mind games putting characterisation and plot ahead of running, jumping, killing, etc, then you’ll want to experience this one. Play it and love it.
To be clear, Steam isn’t the only online outlet that will be offering the game come this date (it’s been up on Gamersgate for some time) but it’s a title worthy of promotion and I hope this move might put it in the hands of many who weren’t previously aware of its existence. Naturally, if you want to maximise your support for the developer, buy To The Moon directly from the source.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is how you make a trailer:
Creator Kan Gao has also provided some information concerning the sequel with this announcement. Or perhaps that isn’t the word. Side-quel? Basically, the game is currently in progress and will feature the two doctors from the first game, Neil and Eva, as they tackle another patient’s dying wishes. No overarching narrative will connect the two, it being ‘just another day at the job’. For this I cannot wait.
It appears we’ve entered the meaty part of the release season, as yet another good looking indie has come out to play in Freebird’s retro JRPG To the Moon. The title goes for $12 and is being distributed via Desura and the developer themselves. Additionally, the team has provided download links to a one hour timed demo in both locations.
The game has you playing two doctors, who have discovered the ability to travel through people’s memories and change them. Unfortunately the clashing of real and false memories leaves people unable to function, and shortly after anyone undergoes the procedure they die. So instead of abandoning the technology entirely, they find a new purpose for it. The decided to provide hospice patients peace/happiness before death, by altering memories to fulfill whatever they wished they had happened in their life, but never actually did. Insane.
Freebird Games is set to release sci-fi RPG/adventure To the Moon this fall,which looks like the world’s next JRPG dream come true. Developer Kan Gao asks you to imagine a world where doctors can rework your memory (resulting in a reverse chronological journey) in order to grant your greatest wish… but there’s just one catch: It will be the last thing you’ll ever remember.
If that’s the price of admission to such a lush 2D experience, I don’t mind. Heck, I don’t even mind a trailer that spans two minutes longer than my normal tolerance. The music in the trailer helps soothe my nerves. Singer/song writer Laura Shigihara, from the famed Plants vs. Zombies‘ theme “Zombies on Your Lawn,” adds to the gentle lullaby of the colorful pixels in To The Moon.
In love with the music already? You can pre-order the soundtrack and receive 7 tracks instantly. It’s worth noting that 50% of all the soundtrack’s profit goes to charities for autism.
Curious to find out more about Freebird Games’ To the Moon and Kan Gao? Indie Games Channel has a great interview with the creator. But before you leave, tell us in the comments: what dream would you give up all your memories for?