Most games made in RPG Maker are instantly forgotten by time, much like the two RPG Maker 2003 games I made back in high school about my friends. To the Moon from Freebird Games is the most dramatic exception, being a smash success on PC and mobile. In fact, it’s so successful that X.D. Network rebuilt the game from scratch in Unity so that it could run on Switch, and we now know To the Moon will release for Switch on Jan. 16, 2020. This is later than the originally set summer 2019 release, but hey, we’ll take it.
As I explained the last time I talked about this game, To the Moon is really more of a 2D walking simulator or visual novel than a video game. You don’t “play” it; you mostly just experience it. It’s a sci-fi narrative of two doctors trying to fulfill a dying man’s wish by diving inside of his mind and trying to make sense of his scattered memories. It sounds weird — and it is — but the story is executed beautifully, and the climax actually made me cry. That’s definitely not something I do very often while playing games.
So, yeah, To the Moon preemptively gets two thumbs up from me. Please keep it in mind on Switch if you haven’t played it before! There is still no word on if Freebird Games’ other works, A Bird Story and Finding Paradise, will find their way to Switch.