God I just love love love this game. My beloved and I are currently playing and it's a lot of fun. The lunar-loving pair of us really adore the theme of the game, too.
Over the Moon
A downloadable drawn-out dating game
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"Hey, we get you, we all love the moon. Everyone here loves the moon, right?"
"Right, it's just... we think you might be going just a bit too far. We were thinking it might be a good idea if you found love a little, like, closer to home. You know, within a few thousand kilometres. So we made you a profile on this dating site, and..."
You have to admit, they have a point. You really do love the moon way more than they do. Not in an unhealthy way, though, right? Well, it doesn't matter. Little did you and your fellow moon-cultists/coven-sisters/moon-landing conspiracy theorists know, other groups with the same celestial idol had also gently or not-so-gently encouraged their own moon-sick acolytes to seek a more earthly love as well…
Over the Moon is a 2-player role-playing dating game of dark lunar obsession, awkward online dating Q&A, and tantalisingly limited information that's designed for play via online messaging apps!
Each of you plays a moon cultist, witch, or other dark creature who loves the moon a little too much, and whose comrades decided to ‘fix’ this by online dating with ‘normal’ people… but you’ve just been matched with each other instead, and it’s up to you to see if you can make this work. Is the moon your one true love, a third wheel in the sky, or the ultimate wingmoon? Play to find out!
Over the Moon now has a loose companion game and follow-up in Contact from Unknown:
Where Over the Moon was a submission to 2019's Moon Jam, Contact from Unknown was a submission to 2020's Moon Jam 2.
|Author||Speak the Sky|
|Tags||2-player, Comedy, diceless, duet, epistolary, GM-Less, Horror, moon, Romance, ttrpg|
|Asset license||Creative Commons Attribution_ShareAlike v4.0 International|
|Average session||A few minutes|
|Accessibility||Color-blind friendly, High-contrast, Blind friendly|
|Multiplayer||Ad-hoc networked multiplayer|
In order to download this drawn-out dating game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:
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- Version 1.1Nov 11, 2020
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Over The Moon is something. It's definitely a game. And while its first impression is a bit like a swung baseball bat, it's solid and nuanced and I would hugely recommend it to anyone who's interested.
To start, Over The Moon has gorgeous layout and solid art. It also puts me vaguely in mind of Collectible Trading Moon Game, and from the wild premise to the individual beats, all of the jokes land.
Over The Moon is played over the course of a lunar cycle, between two people, using a messenger app. Your character sheets are dating profiles, and you play by messaging each other questions and responding to them. Both players respond with moon emojis, but the meaning of both players' emojis is decided secretly in advance, and you have to guess / decode each other's signs.
For how hard the game commits to the moon theme, it's extremely playable and clever, and it weirdly models dating pretty well---maybe apart from the moon stuff.
It also has an optional spicier set of questions, making the pdf maybe technically not pg-13, although these are optional rules and don't have to be a part of anyone's gameplay.
Overall, I would strongly recommend Over The Moon. It picks a gonzo concept, commits 100% to it, and generates something that's extremely playable in the end. If you like two player romance rpgs with a fun tone, or if you just like really impressive design, buy a copy.
I loved playing this game! It became a wonderful nightly ritual, and the game design enabled some very sweet and thoughtful final scenes, even with the sillier character concepts we played with.
Also, I feel like I have to add that this feels like the perfect game for the social isolation of the current moment. It encourages you to keep in regular contact with someone and find a small piece of creativity every day, and it's even designed for play over a messenger app!
This is an absolutely bonkers game that was as much of a treat to read through the rules as has been planning to play. We haven't played yet, but today's the full moon and this feels like a sign.
Props to the game designers for a perfectly aesthetically designed webpage, pdf, and game overall. Also, THANK YOU for also including a print friendly and text only file.