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Moebius: Empire Rising

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Adventure games have had a bit of a comeback as of late. Recent titles such as Telltale's The Walking Dead and HD re-releases of the Monkey Island series have reignited interest in a genre that once dominated PC gaming in the late '90s.

Jane Jensen's (Gabriel Knight, Grey Matter) successfully Kickstarted project Moebius looks to tap into that renewed base by introducing the eccentric antiquities dealer Malachi Rector as he investigates the life of the recently murdered socialite Bianca Cardolo in Venice. Malachi's photographic memory and extensive knowledge of history makes him the perfect candidate when a shadowy government organization hires him not to investigate Bianca's death, but into how she lived, and if there were any other connections between her life and those of other historical women.



Moebius plays a lot like other traditional point-and-click adventure games. It sticks to the basics: find the object, solve the puzzle, watch the story unfold. My short time with Moebius didn't let me see if it falls into the "collect everything" trap that I feel plagues a lot  of these games, nor did I see any Rube Goldberg-like puzzle solutions where I had to use fishing wire to lure a cat to eat the rat and puke up a key, but until I can get a more complete hands-on experience, I can't promise they won't be in here.

While looking a tad unpolished, lets face it, people don't play these games for cutting edge graphics or tight controls. What I DID see, however, was an interesting story that will lure in both history buffs and those who like a bit of the paranormal thrown in with their mysteries. Add in a dash of a Dan Brown novel and you have what could be a great, compelling entry to Jensen's already excellent portfolio.

Jane Jenson's Moebius is looking to release in 2014 for PC, iOS, and Android devices.
 

Capitalistpig (Steven Brown) is just a random guy who lucks out into seeing games before they come out from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to hear him ranting about more or less anything in general.
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Reach exceeds grasp. Not that I lack skill, I just have small arms.

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