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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18 comments by INtense! on Oct 16th, 2012

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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Leafhouse
Leafhouse Oct 13 2011, 12:45pm says:

Aw man I was so excited for the release tomorrow. But do what you gotta do. I'll wait for something as amazing as a Freebird Game.

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Reives
Reives Oct 12 2011, 5:54pm says:

Aye, the release date was extended a couple of weeks to prepare for some external stuff, my apologies! But it won't be long now; November 1st's set in stone. :)

I'll update the game with the new in-game preview trailer in a bit.

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kukouri
kukouri Oct 25 2011, 6:57am replied:

Looking good.

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RagnarRipper
RagnarRipper Oct 12 2011, 5:10pm says:

was the release date pushed back, or am i crazy? i seem to remember, that it was going to come out in the next 3 days?

nevertheless...i am SO excited to try it. LOVED the release trailer and the humor :)

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Jpmerida
Jpmerida Sep 25 2011, 7:39am says:

"Awesome game! For playing alone!
-Jp"

9.5/10

Edit 1: Damn.. I cant Rate it, because its unreleased game.. better wait.

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JPEgames
JPEgames Sep 14 2011, 4:09pm says:

The trailer looks amazing!! I will definitely buy it.

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pots
pots Sep 14 2011, 3:33pm says:

Loved all three works published on your site, and I can't wait for the last chapters of Quintessence.
Thanks for that Kan, and good luck!

As for this... I'm getting it!

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Reives
Reives Sep 14 2011, 3:14pm says:

Thanks for the kind words, folks! As for how one progresses, it is like an adventure game (but also RPG-hybrid, in the sense of look and feel), so it's based on interactions -- there is no battle system or grinding, and it's story-oriented.

To provide a sample, I've renovated & re-released our other game (free), "The Mirror Lied" -- I've up'ed it to Desura last weekend, but apparently there's some technical difficulty with getting it to show up. Until it's fixed here, you can just try it from www.FreebirdGames.com

Its play style is similar to that of To the Moon (though without the whole memento/memory link acquisition thing, of course). But keep in mind that To the Moon is a lot more narrative-driven with a concrete story, where as The Mirror Lied is an abstract short.

Cheers, and thanks again guys!
Kan

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Deaq
Deaq Sep 8 2011, 7:56am says:

how does one progress? battling? or is just triggering events/making choices etc?

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Spe¢ter
Spe¢ter Oct 14 2011, 9:52am replied:

WHY WON'T PEOPLE READ DESCRIPTIONS?

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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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