To The Moon Review

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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 13 days ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

To the Moon is a story-adventure following two doctors trying to fulfil a dying man's last wish to go to the moon. With only a few ways to interact with the game, you control the doctors, exploring and solving puzzles to reconstruct the dying man's memories.

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 10/11/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS.

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

There is free downloadable content,"minisodes", that give more context to the main characters.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence, Mild Swearing.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Cognitive Pressure

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Extensive Complex Reading: Extensive reading required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan


 




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