Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon  - Review

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
Rating: T - Teen

Dystopian worlds with their bleak atmospheres, desolate lands and horrible remnants, distorted humans and mechanical monsters, are all the rage in the current spate of video games. Fragile Dreams, also set in the aftermath of a worldwide catastrophe, presents a different view for the player. It focuses on what is lost when a civilization is extinguished - and the loneliness of its only survivor.

Seto, searching for a survivor in the ruins finds an AI device with a sweet encouraging voice whose function is to protect humans. Strapping on the Personal Frame (PF) he engages in conversations with his new "buddy". A titillating plot device - a silver-haired girl singing in the moonlight becomes the focus of his ongoing search.

A few more characters appear throughout, but the impact of the game is centered around the objects players find that retain the last memories of the people on the eve of destruction. There are many of these inventive touches; the bonfires - scattered through the game are save and resting points, and are places where these memories can be examined - a brief reprieve from the gloom; the "store" is a rooster-headed figure who appears when you are near a bonfire with his shopping cart - ready to trade; different types of flashlights illuminate different items and messages; sounds are clues - so sounds and voices are transmitted to the remote, much like a telephone.

There are enough battles to make it feel like an RPG, which start off with ghostly jellyfish and wolves but eventually move up to robots and androids. Weapons avoid the seriously heavy armaments and consist of items like an axe, sword, bamboo broom, slingshot, sledgehammer - not a machine gun in sight.

Catastrophic ending to civilization seems indelibly impressed upon the Japanese psyche understandably, since it was the only country that experienced the destructive force of two atomic bombs.

An unusual and moving game leaves players with lingering feelings.

A walkthrough by Nick Fraker is a labor of love and can be accessed at

Fun Factor: A haunting story
Female Factor: Two females decently portrayed.
Player Friendly: Informative manual.

Reviewed by: Editor - Apr/10

  • Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
  • © Xseed
  • Platform(s): Wii
  • To Order: WII $46.99