Following last Friday’s post, we’re back with part three of the To The Moon play-along. Everyone is invited to join this community event hosted by Naithin from Time to Loot: simply play the game and then participate in conversations based around several questions after each section.
Naithin has now shared the second set of discussion points so it’s time to see what we all thought of Act 2. As mentioned previously, I’ve completed To The Moon on multiple occasions and it’s one of the video games which define me, so it’s proving interesting to see how those factors are affecting my responses. It’s certainly making some of the questions harder to answer without giving too much away and spoiling the title for those participating who haven’t played it yet! I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum though as we dive into part two of this community play-along.
If you haven’t yet played To The Moon and intend to do so, I’d recommend navigating away from this post now and coming back later. There are minor spoilers in the following paragraphs which may mar your enjoyment of the game.
Question 7: when Eva was sitting, thinking about all the reasons nothing at all changed in Johnny’s simulated memories, what conclusions do you think she reached?
As for the conclusions she reached, these are more difficult to speculate on. I remember thinking during my first playthrough that the successful transference of Johnny’s wish to go to the moon must have changed something else during his timeline and led to an unexpected outcome – and that this experience, whatever it was, was contained in a memory we hadn’t witnessed yet. Eva clearly thinks this has something to do with River because she ‘played an important role through it all’ and ‘would be the top suspect’.
Question 8: the block on the youngest memories and the use of beta blockers: what do you think this will all be about?
I already know what’s going on here thanks to having already played To The Moon several times, but I had absolutely no idea during my first playthrough. The only thing I was certain about was that it was going to be something huge. In his conversation with Eva, Dr Neil Watts notes that beta blockers can have an affect on memories and wonders whether these side-effects weren’t entirely unintended; so whatever had happened for Johnny to be administered with such a large dose of the medication must have been terrible.
I won’t go into much detail because I don’t want to spoil the game for anyone who hasn’t completed it yet. But what I will say is that I expect most new players to feel this has something to do with River, even though his earliest memories took place before the he met her at school. Although little clues are given during the game up to this point, I didn’t pick up on them at all during my original playthrough and so the big reveal caught me completely off-guard. I’m looking forward to seeing what others think of this.
Question 9: what about Neil taking off for a moment while Eva returned with the dead squirrel? What could have been so important to him?
When Eva goes to the car to collect the valved container to hold the squirrel, she accidently uncovers a bottle of painkillers and this is what Neil was heading outside for. It’s understandable for her to worry because this is some strong medication; but her partner’s explanation about walking into a cement wall seems plausible enough because, well, it’s Neil. There’s more to it though and this is hinted at right at the end of To The Moon, and additional details disclosed in the sequel Finding Paradise make it even more intriguing. Will we find out more in Imposter Factory later this year?
Question 10: what do you think Act 3 will focus on?
Going into the third act during my first playthrough, the biggest question on my mind was what had happened to cause Johnny to be administered with a huge dose of beta blockers as a child. I figured that once we got to that part and the doctors had managed to successfully transfer Johnny’s desire for a trip to the moon, that would be the end of it. What I didn’t expect was for the game to break my heart as much as it did and cause me to cry bittersweet tears; I’m genuinely starting to well up now just thinking about it. We’ll save that for next time…
Are you working through To The Moon and if so, what do you think of it so far? I’ll be continuing my own and the next post in the series is planned for next Friday. There’s still time to take part if you haven’t already signed up: all the details you need are in this article on Time to Loot.