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It looks like a retro role-play game but plays more like an interactive movie. Along the way, you battle people and solve puzzles to find ways to get deeper into the old man's memories to find significant objects.
You trace a chain of events backwards through his life to childhood. Once you have collected all the memories, you can re-connect objects from one memory to the next and move between them. As you do this you realise you can change the memories, by moving characters, objects and events, to make Johnny believe he had achieved his dream of going to the Moon.
There are three games in this trilogy:
- To the Moon (2011)
- Finding Paradise (2017)
- Impostor Factory (2021)
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked To The Moon 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 months ago.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated IGEA G.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to be happy with a lot of reading. Players need to be able to parse the story and emotions of the characters. Some maturity is required to connect with the plight of the characters, their motivations and the work of retracing memories.