Drewby here, and I’ve just finished one of the best games I’ve ever played. It’s called, To the Moon. If you have heard of it, you might have heard of one of the best games of the last 10 years, and is now in my top 5 games of all time. This game is not a shooter, is not an action rpg, and is not a driving sim. Those are the types of games I play predominantly, but this is a simpler, humbler game developed by independent shop, Freebird Studios. It’s short, probably max of 4 hours, so play it. I played in a couple different sessions, but I wish I had played through it all in one sitting. Alas, I can not change that now, but I recommend that if you can make it work enjoy and marvel at this game all at once. Nevertheless, I can’t recommend this game enough, and I hope to convince you to share in its beauty with me.
To The Moon does not have what you may call, exciting gameplay in the way typical games define exciting. There are no explosions, no airdropping behind enemy lines, no neck breaking car chases down the open road. It is simply about two scientists trying to understand a man’s past and make his wish come true. We know very little about this man at the beginning except that, he wants to go to the moon. The scientists then use a machine to access his memories, which leads them to better understand his wish. The gameplay used to accomplish this task consists mainly of walking around and interacting with people or objects with a button press. Sometimes, however, other small types of gameplay like simple puzzles are used to interact with the story. Short of one sequence that frustrated me enough to mention it that had frustrating controls, the different little gameplay elements are done well, and don’t overstay their welcome.
Some, of you, after reading about the gameplay may not be interested in it. That’s okay because that isn’t what this game is about. It is all about the story. As you progress, you come across some sad and hard times. Some will leave you in shock, others just feeling sympathy for the patient. Some moments will be happy, and even joyous. In the end, this tale will leave you crying (I did cry) with mixed feelings about everything that has just happened. At the end when things culminated into the beautiful tale, combined with a heart wrenching soundtrack, I cried. This wasn’t just shedding a tear, this was me blowing my nose and taking breaths as one would usually when presented with stories as these. Thinking about the story and reflecting on my own life was enough to draw me out of my shell and push me to tears.
Speaking of the soundtrack. This game provides a stellar one. It has an excellent soundtrack to go along with the game, as well as listen to on it’s own. It’s stands tall among the best qualities of this game, and is worth checking out even if you don’t play through the story. The piano focused music compliments this game’s atmosphere so well, so so well.
I must share how I feel about this game. I love this game, and want people to play it. At the end of the year, during our game of the year events, we also have an “old” game of the year segment where we talked about older games that we have played that year and what ones were our favorites. This game tops all of my recommendations from last year.Seriously, drop whatever you are doing and play this game.