To The Moon

It seems it’s all games all the time here, at the moment.

I received a copy of To The Moon for my birthday via Steam.  I spent the evening yesterday playing and finishing it. It’s a short game, but probably one of the most poignant and heartrending games I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

The game is set in the future, where the ability to traverse and modify memories has been developed. As this can cause severe problems to one’s psyche, this is only done to people who are close to passing away.

The game’s story is about making come true one old, bedridden man’s dream to go to the moon, through this process of memory modification.  But, you see, he doesn’t know why he wants to go to the moon. He just does.  And that is the other part of the mission of the game: to find out why.

There isn’t a whole lot of what you could consider gameplay; it is very adventure/exploration oriented with some game-like things at certain points.

But that’s not the point.

It is not the point at all.  The point is to experience the story as it unfolds before you.

There are only a handful of things media-wise that have totally broken me emotionally (the film Nausicaa, and the ending of Limbo are two examples). This one breaks me even just listening to the (absolutely lovely) soundtrack.

You owe it to yourself to play this game. Please.

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