To the Moon is an RPG/adventure game about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories, in order to fulfill his last wish of going to the moon. *** Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts have rather peculiar jobs: They give people another chance to live, all in their head. But due to the severity of the operation, the new life becomes the last thing the patients remember before drawing their last breath. This story follows their attempt to fulfill the dream of an elderly man, Johnny. With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny's past is revealed. As the two doctors piece together the puzzled events that spanned a life time, they seek to find out just why the frail old man chose his dying wish to be what it is. And Johnny's last wish is, of course... to go to the moon. [The game is an unconventional RPG/adventure game hybrid with no battles/grinding. Game-play consists of acquiring mementos to travel through memories via various means.]

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Leaves are falling and the weather is cooling - Fall is here! It's a great reason to offer you five great indie games in the Fall Bundle from Indie Royale! This compelling bundle is led by hit RPG To the Moon, along with the graphically gorgeous Oil Rush and critically acclaimed adventure Blackwell Deception, not to mention other great titles too! With deals like this, who cares if it's getting dark earlier, since that's even more reason to stay inside and play these great indie games!


The first game up in this seasonal bundle is RPG/sci-fi adventure game from Freebird Games To the Moon available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free. Awarded with the "Best Story" award in GameSpot's 2011 Game of the Year awards, this is a game you can't miss! Created using the RPG Maker engine, To the Moon closely resembles an old-school Japanese RPG in its presentation and offers a uniquely beautiful soundtrack that helps contribute to the story-line. Play doctors from the future, Eva Rosalene and Neil Watts, who have been tasked with fulfilling their clients' life-long wishes using a technology that creates artificial memories, enabling them to die at peace. Eva and Neil have been hired by Johnny Wyles who has an unfulfilled desire to go to the moon. This title differs from traditional adventure games in that it features light puzzles and arcade sequences and focuses on a moving and quite compelling tale. Adventure Gamers celebrates To the Moon for offering "(a)n incredibly moving narrative with a unique premise, sympathetic characters, and a powerful climax."

Next up is Oil Rush from Unigine available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free (also includes OST and Tower Defense Map DLC for Desura and DRM-free only!) This game offers the strategic challenge of a classic RTS with the sheer fun of Tower Defense, alongside a gorgeous custom game engine. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world that's completely covered by water, where the limited oil that's left on the Earth is fiercely sought after by the remaining factions of humans who have survived. Play a young commander who is tasked leading an aquatic army to conquer bases to acquire oil, units and defenses by carefully allocating your troops to attack your strongest enemies while defending the platforms you've conquered. Destructoid says "Oil Rush isn't just a joy to behold in action, but manages to make an old genre feel fresh while looking the part."


Also featured is adventure game from Wadjet Eye Games, Blackwell Deception, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free. In the fourth game in the hit series, following the Blackwell Trilogy previously featured in an earlier Indie Royale bundle, play medium Rosangela Blackwell (Rosa) and Joey, a ghostly spirit from the early twentieth century who follows Rosa around and is based on her familial heritage. Rosa has turned her abilities into a job, investigating supernatural incidents while working with Joey who has been entrapped in an afterlife of helping spirits move onto the next world. While part of the Blackwell series, Blackwell Deception plays well as a standalone game offering excellent voice acting, witty dialogue and interesting characters. According to Rock Paper Shotgun, "The Blackwell Deception is hands-down [Wadjet Eye's] best adventure yet, and one of my favourites in a very long time."

Included in this Fall Bundle is a unique audio-visual sequencer that takes the structure of a color-matching puzzler - AVSEQ from Big Robot, available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura and DRM-Free. Separated into 9 standalone sequences, this game offers a musical tapestry and trippy visuals. The goal is to trigger a set number of notes before time runs out by matching colors and over time building a song. According to GameSpot, AVSEQ offers a "[l]ovely mixture of challenging gameplay and ambient music."

Last up is Populous-inspired world-shifter Reprisal from Reprisaluniverse - available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Desura and DRM-Free. This RTS is based on playing god and ultimately conquering the most land. Enjoy many enticing special powers (fire towers, lightning strikes and swamps) only to be torn apart when multiple tribes take over your lands; your goal is to build up your previous glory by fighting back. As you conquer lands, your people will rebuild. Rock Paper Shotgun applauds Reprisal: "It’s quick and simple, yet impressively deep once you get into the thick of things."

And those who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent during the Fall Bundle will get a great fantasy electro 8-bit album from Makeup and Vanity Set: '88:88', a $9 value on its own. All songs in this album are inspired by the short film 88:88 directed by Joey Ciccoline. Steven Cornfield of These Old Colors celebrates this album saying: "(the) arpeggiation of the bleeps and the growling bass and the four on the floor in the background like in 'System Override' makes me want to do something creative."


You can find more information on the Fall Bundle, including real-time statistics and its current price, on its official website or via its Facebook and Twitter pages. And remember, you'll want to get in early while the prices are still low (unless kind purchasers lower the price) so you can get in on this Fall Bundle before it's gone!

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MRcool1000
MRcool1000 Nov 10 2011, 4:08pm says:

Looks epic!

Questions:
- Will it get updates/dlc's or is it finished?

- Will it "come" to steam?

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Reives
Reives Nov 10 2011, 6:32pm replied:

Heya MR. It's finished, though there will be bonus "mini-episodes" released in the future before the next one (which would be a new game) comes. :D And as for Steam, it's a maybe -- depends on whether they'd accept it.

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Neo
Neo Nov 7 2011, 3:05pm says:

When I watched game trailer - I cried. It seems that this is a great game. It is so true that each person in this world has it's own especial dream. This dream can make them stronger, and give a hope. But what happens with most people? Life passes, and the dream remains dream. If everyone had a second chance...

In this game I heard a wonderful soundtrack!

I'm sure that this game has a fascinating touching story line.

But I think I will never know this, because my system - Linux.

Is there any chance that the game will be ported?

I am willing to pay $30.

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Reives
Reives Nov 7 2011, 4:17pm replied:

@Neo: Porting it to Linux and Mac are on the top of my wishlist. At the moment there are some technical constraints, but sometimes next year there's something coming out that might make it possible. Fingers crossed!

That being said, it might be available through cloud gaming on Linux & Mac much sooner.

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rioninja
rioninja Nov 18 2011, 8:18pm replied:

I really enjoyed this one, and your others! I also really hope you can bring your games to Linux at some point, and give a more people a chance to enjoy them. The community can be very supportive if you need any help doing so.

In any case, best of luck with your future efforts! I'm looking forward to see what you come up with in the future.

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Neo
Neo Nov 7 2011, 4:31pm replied:

Hi Reives! Thanks for the answer. Most of all I would like to see this game on Linux. I hope that all of your technical problems will be resolved soon, and I wish you good health and success in your work!

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Reives
Reives Nov 7 2011, 7:58pm replied:

Thanks Neo, I'll try my best! :D

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andywilmas
andywilmas Nov 4 2011, 1:18pm says:

Best $12 I ever spent.

The story in this game is simply incredible. In fact, I'd go as far as saying it's the most gripping story of any game I've ever played. While "To the Moon" isn't so much a game as it is an "interactive pixel movie" (as Reives said), in my opinion that makes it all the more amazing.

The musical score is a masterpiece, and the setting is thoughtfully constructed in a way that draws you deeper into the story. Although I hadn't heard of them before this release, Freebird Games has left a lasting impression on me with "To the Moon". Needless to say, I'll be keeping a close eye on them from now on.

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Reives
Reives Nov 3 2011, 5:45pm says:

Heya Vcc. The game's very short, just about 4 hours or so. Here's a review on RPS about it that was just posted today:
Rockpapershotgun.com

The game is really, really story-driven though -- almost an interactive pixel movie, so it's probably not for everyone. I suggest trying the 1 hour trial first to decide if it's for you. :)

Cheers, let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know.
Kan

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daojones
daojones Nov 10 2011, 1:11am replied:

I wish I was good with words but... finished the game in about five hours and trying to figure out how to erase my memories (ha!) so I can go through this again with a blank slate. Like it states in the description, there isn't much of a game here minus a few points where you have "running around" sequences (don't want to post spoilers so sorry for being vague). You mainly only need your mouse to move the doctors around to continue this well told story. The story (and soundtrack!) is what really sells this wonderful product. It's amazing how much I cared and felt for the characters in such a short period of time. Like Reives stated, you really should try the one hour trial and hopefully fall in love with it like I have! :)

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Fantastic title, both the music and story are first class. Would recommend To the Moon to everyone with an ounce of humanity!

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