Moment to Midnight

“Moment to Midnight” by Taxiderby, Ben Driscoll & Aaron Cherof.

“A promise. A prophecy. And a lost, little stranger.”

This will be the last article on for the year 2019. What could be more fitting to feature a short, beautiful adventure game called “Moment to Midnight”? It was originally planned as an entry for the Ludum Dare 45, but instead of finishing it inside of the time span, the developers decided to finish it in their own pace. But what’s really happening in there?

Remember that the theme for the 45th edition of the Ludum Dare was “Start with nothing”. The main character of “Moment to Midnight”, her name is Lyst, awakes in the middle of nowhere. She can’t do anything, not moving around, not seeing where she is, not speaking a single world, heck, she can’t even hear a tune. It’s all black, but suddenly a stranger offers her the gift of listening. She can finally hear their words, though she isn’t able to walk on yet. Just thanks to the second gift, the gift of proceeding, she can move again. By having a chat with the now occurring townfolks, Lyst will get one ability after another back.

This lack of abilities is the guideline for her journey, as it structures where Lyst is able to go to and with who and what she is able to interact. By solving little puzzles and explore the environment, she can progress. She will hear about a prophecy, that the time is halted – not just in the town, but in the whole world. Sure, the moments pass by, but time itself not. Everything is in a state of stillness. A giant winged beast must be called upon the clocktower, so that time can flow again.

“Moment to Midnight” is a mystical experience, and maybe can be seen as a request to all of us to step back for some minutes, to reflect on our deeds in the past before we can move on. An adventure may await us, the uncertainity of the future can be scary, but also promising. With all the knowledge we have gathered, we will be able to thrive for something even greater. We can be the beast, kind-hearted and beautiful in our own way. What a better game can you imagine to farewell the old year and to welcome the new one? Exactly.