To The Moon Review
Indie developer Freebird Games describes their latest title To the Moon as “an indie Adventure RPG, about two doctors traversing through the memories of a dying man to fulfill his last wish”, but this game so much more than that.
This game offers a wonderful mix of high concept story, touching character and low brow humour. The 3 to 4.5 hour journey it takes to navigate and transform the memories of a dying man is well worth setting out on.
To The Moon is a game about story. It reveals its secrets in a well paced and sometimes unexpected manner that rivals what we see on the silver screen. As we delve into the memories of a dying man though the point of view of two scientists that offer memory extracting and changing services, we learn not only of the trials of a marriage but how small events shape lives.
The only hitch in my otherwise enjoyable time was the way the game was put together. To The Moon plays and feels like a point and click adventure, which is fine, but the gameplay doesn’t feel as solid as the story. Also, anyone expecting a challenge may be disappointed. Progressing from area to area is a fairly simple task. I spent more time getting from scene to scene than solving puzzles.
AUDIO – The soundtrack to this game is an aural treat. Simple melodies play over scenes, expertly adding extra layers of emotion without becoming annoying or detracting from story. Other effects tend to be minimal, there to match a scene’s tone or to underscore a character’s action.
GRAPHICS – The visual style of To The Moon is sure to tug at nostalgia’s strings. Too The Moon looks and plays in a very similar manner to Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana or Terranigma (Don’t know it? Find it. Play it.) What’s different from many titles done in this style is that each scene you visit feels real (as real as it gets in bit art) which helps ground the story.
+ Excellent writing
+ Not afraid to poke fun at itself or the genre
+ A simple, yet sublime soundtrack
+ Nostalgic feel
+ 50% of all soundtrack proceeds go toward autism charities
– Sometimes clunky gameplay
– Simple puzzles
To The Moon could be labeled a puzzler, adventure, RPG or even an interactive novel. Whatever you want to call it, this is a story worth experiencing. Although I feel this game’s story may have been better served as a short or feature-length film, I certainly do not feel let down after playing it. To The Moon is a emotional journey I highly recommend taking.
I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for the next offering from Freebird Games.