Posts Tagged ‘To The Moon’

Have You Played… To The Moon?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Truthfully, I don’t remember all the ins and outs of To The Moon’s [official site] lackadaisical storytelling, but perhaps that is funny in itself, considering how important decaying memory is to the tale. But the enduring feeling of the game is one of wistful melancholy. Is “wistful melancholy” a thing? Yes, it is. If RPS was to have a list feature titled “Ten Games Wot Made Us Somewhat Lumpy-Throated”, this game would surely hang within the upper echelons.
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The 25 Best Adventure Games Ever Made

You know that there are adventure games, and you know that some of those adventure games are better than others. But do you know which one is best, and which one is twenty-fifth best? Well, at last you can find out, with our definitive, unimpeachable breakdown of adventure gaming’s best moments.

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To The Moon Minisode 2 Is Really Very Good

To The Moon [official site] remains one of RPS’s favourite games. If all the tears this game has caused around the world were put in one place, that place would be a new ocean. Saltier than the Dead Sea. A lovely, charming, and deeply moving thing, about a pair of scientists who change a dying person’s memories to give them the life they’d always wanted, it has already been followed by one “minisode”. A free extra bit, simply called Holiday Special Minisode, it intelligently explored the relationship between the original game’s lead characters, as well as shining new light on the ethics of the company for which they work.

And now there’s a second free minisode, Sigmund Minisode 2.

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Wot I Think: A Bird Story

Freedbird’s To The Moon is one of my favourite games. A beautiful, moving and intricate tale of memory and loss, it has made people weep in their thousands. This second game from Kan Gao, A Bird Story, is not a sequel, but apparently tangentially related. After a three year wait, I was pretty excited to play it.

A Bird Story is one of my least favourite games. It’s… I’ve no idea what it’s meant to be.

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What Are You Playing This Weekend?

[One of these days, Alice... -The Phantom Alt-Texter]

I am going back and playing one of my favourite games this weekend, RPS readers, one of those games I return to once every year or so to remind myself why I play games. I’m going to smile, I’m probably going to cry, I’m going to throw myself back into To The Moon.

To The Moon is one of those games you can just tell was made in RPG Maker. Much of it’s bones are those of your standard RPG Maker creation, from the menus and dialogue boxes to the very core of how the game feels to play. But there’s no battles to be fought, just a world to gently explore, interact with and watch unfold. It’s a game I play for lethargy. It’s there to help me relax, to cleanse the palate and shake off some of that cynicism we can find trailing behind us.

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To The Moon Devs’ A Bird Story Now Flapping About

Just push it off and be done with it.

John probably wants you to cry at A Bird Story, you realise. He’s spoken before about his sinister habit of extracting confessions of tears from people who played To the Moon, and surely he’s got something more devious planned for the not-sequel. A Bird Story launched on Friday, and I would recommend that you first check your play area for e.g. funnels concealed in the surface of your desk connected to tubes which vanish out through your wall and underground to barrels in John’s lachrymose lair. The very setup is dangerously tearjerky: a boy finds a bird with an injured wing.

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Humble Bundle X Offers 6 Games Wot Are Quite Good

The RPS chatroom, earlier.

It’s almost hard to believe there was a time when we weren’t being constantly bombarded with cheap games, but it’s true. When I was a lad, I had to save up for two months, walk miles through snow to the nearest PC World, and turn my coins over for a game that probably wouldn’t even work. Now every hobo with a bindle is buying bundles of games for only a single week’s pocket money.

Humble Bundle X is the tenth bundle in the “main” series of Humble Bundles, and it contains To The Moon, Reus, Papa & Yo, Surgeon Simulator 2013, Bit.Trip Runner 2 and Joe Danger 2: The Movie. Which is a better, more interesting selection of games than I’ve seen in a bundle in a while. I’ve written more about each of them below.
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Memorable: (To The Moon) Holiday Special Minisode

Over the holidays, while RPS was fighting crime off planet, Freebird released a minisode addition to To The Moon. More To The Moon! And for free!

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A Weeping Song: After To The Moon, A Bird Story

One of the best games of 2011, To The Moon, has finally had its sequel announced. Called A Bird Story, developer Kan Gao explains to us that it should be out some time around the Summer. This is what we experts call GOOD NEWS. *KRRRRKKKKKKKBZZZZZZTTTCHHHHHHHRRRKKKK* I interrupt this transmission from the Walkerdome with my own signal, cutting through like a blade of static and infoburst. I am the moon.

A Bird Story is a simple, surreal short about a boy and a bird with a broken wing. Despite being story-based like most of my games, there are essentially no dialogues throughout.

Well, that definitely won’t tug at my heartstrings then. Not that I have heartstrings. I am the moon. I will admit that the music, which you can hear below, did cause me to fight back a lunar-tear or two.

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Indie Royale Fall Bundle Is Quite Good

While some of the Indie Royale Bundles haven’t been the strongest, the latest collection in its almost-pay-what-you-want pile is pretty strong. Featuring one of last year’s best games, To The Moon, alongside Wadjet Eye’s most recent Blackwell game, Deception, is Oil Rush, Reprisal, and something called Avseq.

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Sandman Mystery Theatre: A New To The Moon Episode

Dream life-exploring adventure/RPG To The Moon was one of John’s favourite reasons to cry in 2011, and perhaps the same will prove true in 2012. Free Bird Games‘ IGF nominee is to see a brand new episode added, and ahead of that will arrive on Steam next week.
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A Fortnight Of IGF Demos Starts On Onlive Today

Sweep up a Dustforce demo
Onlive and the IGF are spooning for a fortnight. The sensual lovers are celebrating the Indie Gaming New Year by giving you access to 30 minute demos of 16 IGF finalists. The alphabetically sexy list of games is: Atom Zombie Smasher, Be Good, Botanicula, Dear Esther, Dustforce, English Country Tune, Frozen Synapse, FTL, Lume, Nitronic Rush, Once Upon a Spacetime, POP, SpaceChem, To the Moon, Toren, and WAY.
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The More Or Less Complete IGF Factor 2012

Aren't you glad to see this picture again?

They said it would never end. And then, on Saturday, it did. We’ve been posting our series of chats with the many splendid finalists in this year’s Independent Games Festival over the last couple of months, and, with the exception of English Country Tune (dev was worried about sounding boring), Mirage (dev didn’t reply) and Fez (dev wouldn’t confirm the possibility of a PC version) we managed to get mini-interviews with all the PC/Mac indie developers in the running for a gong.

In case you missed a few, didn’t understand what the hell it was all about or just like looking at neatly-ordered lists, here’s the complete series for your relaxed perusal. It’s a fascinating and diverse bunch of games in the finals this year, and if nothing else, it’s a rare chance to see what 18 different developers would say to the monsters in Doom if only they could talk to them.

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