I was insanely surprised when I first saw the trailer for this game. Surprised because the trailer moved me in a way that so many trailers before had tried and failed to do. I was feeling true emotion, actually getting choked up, and I felt compelled to play. Good thing, then, that the game is fucking fantastic. First thing's first, here's the trailer.
Doctors Watts and Rosalene have arrived at the home of an old man named Johnny, called to his bedside for their amazing skills: they have the ability to traverse a dying person's memories and impart upon them the will to make their greatest wish come true. In so doing, the subject will die with the memory of having accomplished their wish. Right off the bat it's an incredible premise that leaves me wondering at all the possibilities. There is risk involved, however: because the procedure is so drastic, it is only performed on those who are close to death. So the doctors are in a race against time to get the new memories implanted before Johnny dies.
|Throughout the game, you'll come to know all about Johnny's past.|
The game's graphical style immediately calls to mind many 16 bit-era RPGs, with beautiful color and some really splendorous scenes on display. To the Moon is simply charming to behold. The music is similarly touching, with beautiful piano pieces throughout. The soundtrack is pitch-perfect and excellently accentuates the plot of the game.
|The art style is possessed of a simple beauty.|
I don't want to give any story beats away here, because you really should experience it for yourself. Throughout the game, you'll explore such themes as love, regret, failure, and depression and how one man dealt with these. Truly, the small team at Freebird Games have crafted a beautiful, heartfelt story. Many times throughout, I found myself closely relating to the characters, and the game's conclusion is a triumph that actually left me with tears in my eyes.
|The heartbreak in Johnny's life is laid bare, and it's up to you to fix it.|
Rock is truly glad he stumbled upon this game.