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.]
I picked up the game from the Fall bundle and I must say I was very impressed. The story, the narrative mixing sadness and humor, the art style and especially the music. It really gets to you while playing and that's quite an achievement for such a simple game.
Like so many others I was really touched so I just want to go and vote 10/10. But now my reasonable self slowly returns and I notice that there is something wrong with this game: it's not a game. Gameplay-wise you basicly only walk around and activate story elements. Aside from the small (and rather easy) block puzzles, you don't really play anything.
If I had to be an honest reviewer and rate this as a game, it would be 7/10 since there simply isn't any gameplay. But I can't.. I simply can't. I still hear the echos of the beautiful piano music and recall the colour of the eyes of the cute little pixel art characters. I'm in love.. to hell with all reason! You're getting a 10 out of 10.
Now excuse me while I'm off to buy a toy platypus..