I Wish I Were The Moon

By Alec Meer on October 22nd, 2008 at 9:23 pm.

I played this a couple of weeks ago and meant to post about it then, but my weak mind failed me and so the draft’s been sat there for there days, with just a title and a URL, crying to itself and asking the night sky why I don’t love it anymore. Which means more diligent sites such as Play This Thing have been and written about it in the meantime, so I now look like some sort of desperate Johnny Come Lately. Still, our tardiness in posting doesn’t stop I Wish I were The Moon from being a lovely idea experiment.

It’s an instant-o-distraction, indie capsule gaming that’s centred around a single idea – Passage and Aisle were what it most reminded me of.

So, a single puzzle with multiple solutions, each of which yields a different ending. It’s very simple, and frankly is a bit too stylised-cute to achieve anywhere near the resonance of Aisle, but hunting down every possible ending permutation is an engrossing, sometimes funny and sometimes bittersweet affair. You’ve got a boy, a girl, a boat, the moon and a seagull – combine two or more of these to end the tale. Go, see what you can make.

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  1. Sam says:

    I can honestly say that I didn’t expect at least one of those endings to work…

  2. dartt says:

    It’s lovely that the ending I found last (and I expect most people will find last) is the happiest one; it leaves you with a nice fuzzy feeling :)

  3. Confidence Interval says:

    Mostly I find my fun games through RPS and this is that the first one you’ve mentioned that I’ve already played. But I wish more games were like this. I even like the music.

  4. jalf says:

    Bah, I can’t find the last ending… How many endings are there involving the seagull? :/

  5. jalf says:

    oh never mind, turns out I had got all the endings, just not in the same game… :D

  6. Sam says:

    Dartt: the ending I found last involves a certain jealousy, so I’m not sure I got the same one as you?
    It seems to require the seagull, but only for part of the process, if that’s the one you mean?

  7. Gap Gen says:

    Yeah, I got them all. I solved the last one without the seagull, instead using the Portal technique.

  8. Novack says:

    You lost the real gem of this argentinian independent game developer:

    !!

  9. Novack says:

    No more post edition?

    The game is called Storyteller

  10. ylw says:

    Very cute. I found the rather apt ending last and it capped it all off perfectly.

  11. Cheshire P says:

    Its good, but its no don’t shit your pants
    http://www.kongregate.com/games/Rete/dont-shit-your-pants