Sunday, 14 December 2014

Changing memories

Greetings, Dreamers!

This week, I'm talking about a game that made me cry, a game I'm surprised I haven't talked about before.

Come along as we talk about

To The Moon is a game developed and published by Freebird Games, using the RPGMaker engine.

It isn't, however, an RPG. It is more based on exploration, dialogue and some light puzzle-solving. There is no actual combat involved.

Beautiful, pixel-art scenery.

The story is quite a complex one:

A company exists, and its purpose is that, using a machine, they'd change the memories of their clients (who tend to be people who feel they're on their last days). The memories would be changed so that the client would feel at ease with their lives.

Basically, granting them their last requests so they may see what they wanted to see in life.

The bar at the top represent what period of the person's life you are currently exploring.
This is set in the near hypothetical future, where such technology capable of doing these kind of feats exists, and laws have already been passed to keep its use in check.

And this particular game is about a pair of workers from this company that arrive to a mansion, to fulfill the last wishes of the mansion's owner.

To travel to the moon.

He does not remember why he wants that, which  makes their work a bit more difficult, and thus they must delve a little deeper into the old man's memories.

Some memories are sweet, some are bitter to the point of tears

The soundtrack is beyond gorgeous, with some of the music pieces being part of the plot (even one of the characters remarks that he's upset he can't get a copy of a piece that is played in the piano of one of the memories).

To say anything more about the story would be a disservice to anyone who wants to try the game. Be warned, though, it is a very bittersweet story, and as such it is highly recommended you have a box of tissues at hand.

This game is part of an ongoing series, with two mini-episodes having been released (One about another patient, and another about the two doctors that the player controls throughout the main To The Moon game), for anyone that is interested in experiencing a bit more of this curious, melancholic universe, and there is a sequel in the works.

 I highly recommend you give this game a try. I cannot recommend it enough, and what I've written hardly does justice to the beautiful story this game tells.

For other stories about memories, albeit in a more convoluted manner, give 9 hours 9 persons 9 doors a try, as well as its sequel Virtue's Last Reward, for DS and 3DS respectively.

For another game about puzzle solving and memories, give Ether One a try as well.

I hope you have a fantastic week, and find these stories to your liking!

Stay safe, and keep on dreaming!


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