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Sigmund Holiday Special 2 (To The Moon Minisode)

Sigmund Holiday Special 2 (To The Moon Minisode)

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Sigmund Holiday Special 2

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Genre: Story-driven point-and-click adventure
Link to Game: http://freebirdgames.com/2015/02/18/sigmund-minisode-2-released/
Game Info: A second continuation of the story to To The Moon (2011) released on February 18, 2015 for free download, and automatically added to purchases of To The Moon on Steam and Gog.

It’s already been established that we love To The Moon here on Gaming Symmetry. Mechanically, it does nothing special, it’s not particularly long, and it retains little replay value. At the same time, it delivers one of the most incredible stories ever relayed; uniquely setting up its expository elements through repeat actions while holding back on their true meaning for an eventual breakthrough in understanding (usually followed by lots of tears). The game can leave players in a sobbing mess once they reach “and… that’s… why… she… makes… PAPER… RABBITS” all the while keeping their emotions balanced out with good cheer and humor, usually courtesy of Dr. Neil Watts.

Like the first Sigmund Holiday Special released in 2013, this second minisode follows the continued story of Drs. Watts and Rosaline of the Sigmund Corporation back at their headquarters for their holiday break. The game’s sense of humor is well intact, continuing to poke at the more questionable corners of video game conventions along the way; in particular a charming comment about how the playable character seems to be the only one to work the company elevators properly.

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The structure of the writing also continues to be top notch in how it uses foreshadowing to introduce concepts for their eventual fulfillment in meaningful ways; even offering multiple peaks to enjoy and even obscure the true purpose behind their introduction as they had already begun to pay off. Such is the case with the ambient sound maker given to Dr. Watts with the ability to record a custom track he might find pleasing. Neil suggests how he could gain his own amusement with the device, and soonafter the device finds itself in a very different conversation that’d be worth having on record, although for slightly more dubious reasons, but of course these ideas were simple distractions to the final payoff before the game comes to a close.

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Sigmund Holiday Special 2 is a great piece of writing with its own satisfying story arc to experience, and offers several intriguing hints at what we might expect should the series continue to develop. In particular I’m curious about something Dr. Rosaline had mentioned in an off-handed conversation about building security, and whether or not her comments are entirely accurate… but we shall see!

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