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To the Moon


Overview

Certainly one of many dialogue scenes

To the Moon is a story-based journey sport launched on November 1st, 2011 by Freebird Video games. The sport tells the story of Eva and Neil, two medical doctors utilizing unnamed know-how to enter a affected person’s recollections to grant his want. Alongside the best way the story unfolds in regards to the affected person and his spouse all through their life and why he needs to go to the moon.

Gameplay

Whereas the sport is described as an AdventureRPG, the RPG half solely applies to the artwork course which may be very paying homage to the 16-bit RPGs. The gameplay itself largely consists of buying the mementos essential to journey to the subsequent reminiscence, whereas studying extra in regards to the story.

The puzzle that must be accomplished with every new memento

Other than buying mementos by pixel-hunting, there are a selection puzzles wanted to be accomplished to maneuver into the subsequent reminiscence. The puzzle is a 5 x 5 sq. field with 25 tiles that every one should be on one aspect to be accomplished. Every puzzle has an “ultimate” variety of strikes to finish the puzzle in. The quantity is the minimal quantity of strikes wanted. Throughout the course of the sport one-time used gameplay mechanic, resembling a shooter sequence close to the tip, will occur.

Plot

The sport is ready within the close to future the place an unnamed know-how permits folks to enter the recollections of others whereas unconscious. This know-how, developed by Sigmund Corp, manipulates recollections; these manipulations go away a long-lasting impression on the topic. This know-how is generally used to “grant needs” to folks; in the course of the setting of the sport’s world, nonetheless, it is solely used per the needs of the terminally unwell, as manipulating these recollections causes conflicts contained in the thoughts and completely damages the particular person.

The menu with the characters

The story begins with Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts, a senior reminiscence traversal agent and a technician specialist, respectively, presently working at Sigmund Company Of Life Technology for Sigmund Corp. They’re going to the home of the dying John “Johnny” Wyles to meet his final want. After operating over a squirrel and crashing the automobile, Eva and Neil arrive and meet the caregiver Lily, her two youngsters, and the medical physician presently taking care of John. Whereas one physician will get the know-how prepared, the opposite one learns a bit of extra about John by exploring the home and lighthouse close by with the youngsters, most vital of that are rooms crammed with white paper rabbits, one in all which is blue with a yellow abdomen. After exploring the world, Eva and Neil are able to enter John’s recollections.

Upon visiting John’s oldest reminiscence, they encounter John’s reminiscence of himself and study that his want is to go to the moon. Sadly, the apparition cannot give them a robust sufficient motivation for eager to go to the moon. Sigmund Corp’s know-how works by emphasizing the motivations of the affected person, permitting the affected person’s thoughts to reform recollections with a purpose to fulfill the want. Since John can not present any causes or motivations, Eva and Neil should hop backwards by John’s recollections to when John was a baby, in hopes of uncovering one thing that may function a catalyst.

Eva and Neil study that John’s spouse, River, wanted surgical procedure to outlive a debilitating sickness which she in the end succumbed to 2 years prior to the current. River refused remedy in order that John would find the money for to complete constructing their new home, a undertaking the each of them started in order that John might taking care of somebody named “Anya” after River’s loss of life. Additionally it is revealed that River is the one making the paper rabbits. Whereas making the rabbits, River would quiz John on what they’re, persevering with to comply with up with additional questions after each reply John gave; John would in the end develop into exasperated as he was by no means positive in regards to the solutions River was searching for. The following reminiscence revealed that the lighthouse is definitely Anya.

Recollections with John speaking to River’s sister, Isabella, present that River and her sister have an unknown dysfunction that contributes to River’s aloof and seemingly disconnected habits. Throughout the reminiscence of John and River’s marriage ceremony, the 2 discover a rabbit killed by a automobile on the highway subsequent to the marriage venue by the lighthouse. The following reminiscence is the place John learns that River’s sickness is a pervasive improvement dysfunction. John’s teenage recollections reveal that he meets River in highschool, ultimately asking her out on a date. On this scene, River is proven along with her stuffed platypus animal–a recurring piece of memorabilia that seems all through the sport’s recollections.

As they shut in on John’s childhood years, a glitch within the system roadblocks them. Eva and Neil cease there, considering they’ve sufficient to go on, and insert the need of attending to the moon into John’s dream. Nevertheless, the need didn’t take, and John’s recollections don’t change. Even after making an attempt to hop round as soon as once more to alter quite a few recollections, John’s want stays unfulfilled, and Eva and Neil name it quits for the night time.

The following morning, after a telephone name with headquarters, Neil learns John had a big dose of beta blocker as a baby. The beta blockers severely dampened his recollections; as a result of Eva and Neil had no prior data of this, they could not put together correctly to account for this potential situation. This is the reason Eva and Neil weren’t in a position to enter John’s childhood recollections. Eva and Neil in the end understand that the sense of scent can be utilized to open up John’s youngster recollections; the foul odor of the useless squirrel could be simply the ticket. With John’s well being rapidly fading, his physician determines that this will likely be their final probability to do that. Whereas these discoveries are being made, we watch Eva study that Neil has been taking painkillers after having walked right into a wall–or so he claims–and Eva expresses concern over a possible habit.

Efficiently getting into John’s childhood recollections, Eva and Neil see John get run over by his mom backing out of the driveway. Nevertheless, it is revealed that the sufferer was really John’s twin brother, Joey. The beta blockers administered to John served to severely dampen any recollections of this incident, in addition to a lot of what occurred prior in John’s life.

Every part is a lie

The pair journey to an earlier reminiscence on the carnival, the place they witness John, Joey, and their mom arguing over whack-a-mole prizes. John received a bag with one thing in it. Eva and Neil then comply with John wandering in the direction of an remoted spot on the cliff to gaze on the stars. A younger River quickly seems and so they each begin speaking in regards to the stars. River explains that the celebrities appear to be lighthouses shining at her and that she needs to befriend one. In addition they hint a rabbit constellation out of the celebrities, with the moon serving as its stomach. River asks what John sees; excitedly, he solutions the ears. “What else?” River asks; John replies that he additionally sees toes. Lastly, River asks “what else” a ultimate time–recalling her habits in John’s later memories–but younger John, nonetheless excited, solutions, “And… And the moon!! The moon is its massive spherical stomach!!”–in stark distinction to his confused replies throughout his grownup years.

Earlier than John has to depart, he offers River the merchandise inside his bag that he received on the whack-a-mole game–the stuffed platypus seen all through the game–and agrees to fulfill her on the similar place, similar time subsequent yr. When requested what would occur if one in all them acquired misplaced, John proposes that they meet up on the moon.

At this level, Eva and Neil have conflicting opinions on what to do. Eva needs to stay to the contract and get John to the moon; with a purpose to do that, she intends to maneuver River out of John’s authentic teenage recollections; with John and River by no means having met up once more in highschool and marrying, Eva believes that it will function the strongest motivation doable for John to get to the moon. Neil needs to keep away from such a drastic measure–they know why John needs to get to the moon, and he believes that River is extra vital to John’s recollections. Even after Neil tries to cease Eva by avoiding Eva traps, Eva is profitable in eradicating River from Johns teenage recollections.

Going by John’s new manipulated recollections after eradicating River, Neil learns that Eva has manipulated John’s recollections of Joey such that the latter is rarely killed. As an alternative, John and Joey develop up doing every thing collectively. John’s recollections of River are re-framed as having occurred with Joey. As they get older, Joey achieves his goals of changing into a well-known writer. In the meantime, John–still decided to go to the moon–finally is accepted into NASA and turns into a astronaut. Whereas touring NASA, John meets River–also a brand new recruit–and Neil lastly learns that Eva’s intent to take away River from John’s teenage recollections in hopes that John’s thoughts would nonetheless deliver them collectively later in life.

After marrying and going to the moon collectively, John and River retire, constructing the home by the sunshine home collectively. Eva and Neil enable Lily and John’s physician witness John’s ultimate recollections as his want is fulfilled: The shuttle launches, with John and River holding arms inside, sure for the moon. In the actual world, John passes away.

Within the aftermath, we study that John bequeathed his home to Lily; Eva and Neil obtain a name and go away to go to their subsequent affected person. Neil goes by takes his painkillers earlier than the display screen fades to black.

The phrases “Episode 1: To the Moon” seem with a test mark, implying a sequel will likely be made.

(To the Moon) Vacation Particular Minisode

(To the Moon) Vacation Particular Minisode is a 20 minute free add that takes place after To the Moon and foreshadows parts within the sequel. It is the tip of the yr at Sigmund Corp and the vacation occasion is occurring. After a fail try at a prank, Neil does some ending touches on a undertaking whereas Eva goes to the occasion. After speaking to everybody on the occasion and studying that the protesters are exterior once more, Eva returns and Neil reveals a sport he made primarily based on the occasions of To the Moon. After ending many of the sport, Eva quits and stroll away. When Neil goes to search out her they discuss in regards to the ethical of their jobs and if the protesters are proper. When Neil convinces Eva to complete the sport, Neil will get a name for his or her subsequent affected person and the Minisode ends trying on the protesters in entrance of the constructing.

A big portion of the minisode is the Eva enjoying the sport Neil made. The sport is a maze journey with heads of the characters in To the Moon. The participant controls a head of Neil and wishes to gather mementos from John, River, and different character whereas avoiding zombie Eva’s. Many of the maze is fabricated from areas or gadgets from To the Moon.

Cell model

To the Moon Moblie model screenshots

Rights to develop and publish the remastered cell model of “To the Moon” have been acquired by X.D. Community Inc..

It was launched on Could.11 2017 on App Retailer, Google Play and TapTap.

Trivia

The inspiration for To the Moon got here from the creator, Kan Gao, seeing his grandfather in hospital after having coronary heart surgeryOther inspirations from media embody the movie, “Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts”, the novel, “Hitchhiker’s Information to the Galaxy”, and the movie, “Memento”The sport took a yr and a half to complete.The sport makes use of the RPG Maker XP engine.Although NASA is within the sport, Kan Gao views the sport as being in an alternate universe.

Soundtrack

The sport options an authentic sound observe by Kan R. Gao (that includes Laura Shigihara) consisting of 31 tracks, most of that are piano items. The soundtrack may be listened to and bought through Freebird’s web site.

Observe Itemizing

To The Moon’s soundtrack cowl.To the Moon – Most important Theme 04:56Between a Squirrel and a Tree 01:18Spiral of Secrets and techniques 01:06For River – Piano (Sarah & Tommy’s Model) 02:58Bestest Detectives within the World 01:15Too Dangerous So Unhappy 00:08Teddy 00:42Uncharted Realms 01:08Having Lived 01:21Moonwisher 02:10Born a Stranger 01:41For River – Piano (Johnny’s Model) 01:39Lament of a Stranger 01:05Every part’s Alright (Music Field) 00:40Moongazer 02:15Anya by the Stars 02:15Take Me Anyplace 00:59Warning (AKA greatest observe ever) 00:09Beta-B 01:06World’s Smallest Ferris Wheel 00:35As soon as Upon a Reminiscence 02:25As soon as Upon a Reminiscence (Piano) 01:35Laura Shigihara – Every part’s Alright 03:25Every part’s Alright (Reprise) 00:58Tomorrow 02:10Launch 01:57To the Moon – Piano (Ending Model) 05:15Eva’s Ringtone 00:04Trailer Theme – Half 1 01:43Trailer Theme – Half 2 (feat. Laura Shigihara) 01:49Trailer Theme – Half 2 (Instrumental) 02:00

PC System Necessities

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OS: Home windows XPProcessor: Intel Pentium four @ 1.5 GHz / AMD Athlon XP 1500+Reminiscence: 64 MbHard Drive: 100 Mb freeVideo Reminiscence: 64 MbVideo Card: DirectX CompatibleSound Card: DirectX CompatibleDirectX: 9.0cKeyboardMouse

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OS: Home windows XP/Vista/7Processor: Intel Pentium four @ 2.zero GHz / AMD Athlon XP 2200+Reminiscence: 1 GbHard Drive: 100 Mb freeVideo Reminiscence: 128 MbVideo Card: nVidia GeForce FX 5500 / ATI Radeon 9500Sound Card: DirectX CompatibleDirectX: 9.0cKeyboardMouse

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