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Moebius: Empire Rising is a contemporary adventure that merges classic point-and-click puzzle solving with Jane Jensen’s sophisticated storytelling. Travel the world using Malachi’s unique deductive powers to analyze suspects, make historical connections, and uncover the truth behind a theory of space and time the government will defend...
Release Date: Apr 15, 2014
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German Translation is Now Available!

July 3rd, 2014

Gute Nachrichten for our German fans: the German translation for Moebius is now available!

All subtitles and interface text have been completed and are available as an update to one and all.

Viel Spaß!

(Apologies for MY bad German. Thankfully, I didn't do the translating!)

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Moebius Steam Files Updates (Apr. 21)

April 21st, 2014

April 21, 2014

The Steam files for Moebius have been updated with the following:

  • fixed the blacked-out background bug in Ch. 4 Alfonse House
  • clicking on the map is now prevented in places where doing so caused progress issues
  • fixed zoom in/out issues in the statues in the Zurich garden
  • fixed Ch. 3 bug for adding Bethesda Plaza location
  • fixed some screen layout issues in Malachi's Bedroom
  • added missin sound effects in Ch. 6
  • updates to backer names in the credits

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About the Game

This thrilling new adventure game from master storyteller Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter) and Phoenix Online Studios (Cognition, The Silver Lining) introduces Malachi Rector, an expert in antiquities whose photographic memory and eye for detail transform people and clues into interactive puzzles.

When a secretive government agency enlists him to determine whether a murdered woman in Venice resembles any particular historical figure, Malachi is left with only questions. Why would the U.S. government hire him -- a dealer of high-end antiques -- to look into a foreign murder? Why does David Walker, a former Special Forces operative he meets in his travels, feel like someone Malachi’s known all his life? And how come every time Malachi lets his guard down, someone tries to kill him?

Moebius: Empire Rising is a contemporary adventure that merges classic point-and-click puzzle solving with Jane Jensen’s sophisticated storytelling. Travel the world using Malachi’s unique deductive powers to analyze suspects, make historical connections, and uncover the truth behind a theory of space and time the government will defend at any cost.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia with 512 MB RAM**
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia with 1 GB RAM**
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz*
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia with 512 MB RAM**
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: * - For Mac systems, an Intel-based processor is required., ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
    Recommended:
    • OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz*
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia with 1 GB RAM**
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: * - For Mac systems, an Intel-based processor is required., ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
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70 of 98 people (71%) found this review helpful
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91 reviews
9.6 hrs on record
Moebius is not as bad some of the reviews say but it’s not that good either, it’s a bog-standard adventure game that does very little to make itself memorable. It’s a real disappointment considering this is Jane Jensen’s newest game. Jensen’s previous games, the Gabriel Knight series and the more recent Gray Matter, were quality written games with likable characters that got you immersed in the games and their stories and are some of the best adventure games around. Moebius is not this, while the basic plot is interesting enough at first the main characters are really bland and the side characters are all horrible people but not in an interesting way. The puzzles are alright for the most part, but the last section of the game is a terrible slog of padding and occasional trial and error puzzles. The graphics aren’t good, but they were on a budget so I can easily forgive it. I didn’t run into any glitches so it’s solidly designed in that regard.

Ultimately I don’t really regret buying it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. There are more than enough recent adventure games that are far better that you could play instead. (Broken Age, the Blackwell Series, Kentucky Route Zero, Gone Home, Walking Dead, and Wolf Among Us just to name a few) Not to mention that you’re also better off playing the Gabriel Knights and Gray Matter, the former you can buy on GOG, the latter on Steam. You can do a lot worse when it comes to adventure games so I would only suggest getting this game if you’re really hurting for adventure games and it’s on sale for cheap. Overall though Moebius is just really mediocre and easily forgettable; for the average person I’d say skip it.
Posted: April 16th, 2014
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49 of 67 people (73%) found this review helpful
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28 reviews
7.9 hrs on record
A game where pretty much everything went wrong.

It's impossible to discuss Moebius without sounding cruel, but they say honesty is its own reward, so here we go.

First of all, the game is hideous. Not just "not very pretty", not "outdated", but positively hideous. The kitschy 2D art is sort of acceptable if you close one eye; the poor 3D models and inexplicably terrible animations, however, are not. Either the artists are aliens who never saw a real human being, or they are simply people stuck doing a job they have absolutely no talent for. The ugliness permeating the game is unbearable.

But okay, looks aren't everything; let's be mature and look past that. How does it play? Well, badly. Everything is stilted, unresponsive and seems to be plodding through a thick layer of mud; even the simplest actions take half an eternity punctuated by random pauses. And speaking of actions, let's discuss puzzles. By and large, they are oversimplified to a point that's almost insulting, and yet still manage to make little to no sense:
1. There is an object lying in the corner of a dark alley. Malachi will happily come right next to it, but won't pick it up, because it's too dark, and you need to fix a streetlamp first. It's a brick.
2. A cut lanyard is fixed with superglue. Lanyard. Superglue. Seriously.
A bizarre addition to the traditional formula is that Malachi won’t pick up objects until he knows where he’d like to use them, with precisely one result: backtracking guaranteed, which really doesn’t play nice with the lumbering pace of it all. And dear lord, the whole thing ends with an honest to goodness maze. In an adventure game. I thought the nineties taught us never to do that again, but apparently I was mistaken. So. Dull.

But alright, alright, who cares about puzzles. Characters and story, that's what adventure games are all about! – Well, that is the worst thing. When I first learned what the overreaching plot was, I burst out laughing. Not because it is particularly funny, but because it is absolutely ludicrous. Sure, Gabriel Knight 3 and Gray Matter got sort of silly towards the end, but Moebius gets to that point about one third in and never stops going until it dissolves in a raging torrent of crazy (and painfully sexist to boot). And as far as characters are concerned, while I sort of want to appreciate the romance angle that’s going on in here, everyone in the game is so very wooden, whether it’s talking about the models, voice acting or writing, that it’s like watching two robots trying to learn what this “emotions” thing was all about. And failing, just like everything else in Moebius is wont to do.

Oh, well. I backed this on Kickstarter; clearly, nobody's perfect.
Posted: April 24th, 2014
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
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21 reviews
16.7 hrs on record
Moebius is an entertaining and decently good point n' click game that lacks a lot of polish. Jane Jensen's story is bit silly but interesting. Robert Holme's music is fantastic but bit repeatitive. The gameplay is little bit disappointing because of the narrow amount of choises you can make. Moebius feels like a simplified and slightly modernized version of those 90s point n' click adventure games that we all grew up with. The length of the game is around 10 to 15 hours for an average player.

I liked the characters in the game and I liked the story. Althought I do have to write that Jane Jensen in past has written better material than this. There're issues with the narrative that feel stupid after you've played the game though. And even during the game you occasionally wonder why certain things had to be done in a particular way.

Moebius is a fairly basic point n' click game that doesn't do anything particularly well or bad. It's like it was made following a googled tutorial on how to make a point n' click adventure game. It doesn't add anything new or even try to challenge the existing concepts.

Most of the puzzles in Moebius are fairly easy to figure out. There's usually only one route to take to a puzzle and only one solution for that puzzle exists. Sometimes the solution is rather unrealistic. To avoid making Moebius a "hidden object" game and to add some realism into it the game doesn't allow you to pick up items or go to some places until the need to do so arises. That leads to an issue where you need to remember place of certain items you previously couldn't pick up. Occasionally there are more challenging puzzles that are well written. The main character also has infinite pockets to stuff things to which I thought was amusing.

Towards the ending of the Moebius started to fell apart. For example (without spoiling anything) the player needs to fly from Washington to New York to pick alcohol from a bar the main character has contantly refused to enter into any given point of time during the game. There's nothing indicating you need to do so. I don't even understand why there couldn't be alcohol store at Washington player could enter. This is done so because main character thought that the antique item in his shop he saw earlier would still be there and that he needed to pick that up for a certain character. This is done based upon observation of that character's tastes. And so upon exiting antique store main character thought that he would also need to bring alcohol seeing the bar on other side of the street. That is some truly horrible game writing and game design in my opinion.

Graphics in Moebius are decent and I like the art style. But this is probably a good point to start talking about the bugs. Moebius has lots of bugs. None of those bugs break the game and they're mostly just visual annoyances. Such as main character is able to stand on certain places he isn't supposed to be able to stand. Or certain water effects are places on surfaces where they shouldn't be. Occasionally the animations have timing problems. Sometimes there are texture related issues such as really low resolution textures. None of the visual issues are dramatically bad. It's just a sign of a lack of polish in Moebius.

Music and audio is good and there are lots of nice music. However sometimes the main theme just repeats itself so much that it's the only thing you'll remember after you've played the game. This is due the fact that the main theme is also present in various tracks in a suttle ways. So even if I do like the main theme quite a bit, it became an annoyance to hear so often during the game. Sometimes there were audio tracks where the mixing had failed. Voice acting in this game is decently played out.

User Interface of the Moebius is weird but it works. There are no "verbs" which makes the game easier to play since the game always offers only the actions you can do with various points of interest. Moebius is designed towards people who have little or no experience with point n' click adventure games. The way UI has been designed and the strong hint system in this game reflects that. I also thought it was weird that the game didn't have end results screen despite counting points in a similar manner to the classic Sierra adventure games all which have the end results screen.

Technically the game works fine most of the time. But being based on top of Unity Engine has all the good things and all the issues that come with the Unity Engine. For example the game has freezing issues on certain hardware. But those can be corrected with a launch parameter. And sometimes the rendering quality is pretty bad.

To sum things up, Moebius is entertaining game which is fun to play. The story is interesting but sometimes badly written. I liked the main characters and would like to see more of their adventures in the future. Moebius as a game also severely lacks polish and fine tuning. It's worth the cost but it's not outstanding game like Gabriel Knight or Gray Matter.
Posted: April 16th, 2014
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30 of 51 people (59%) found this review helpful
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6.9 hrs on record
I made a negative review about this game elsewhere prior to fully completing the story and I'm kinda sad that I did. The game's technical issues which are glaringly obvious when you first start the game gradually got better along the way. The story takes a little bit to actually get going but it is decent. With that being said though, the horrible animation (walking animations, climbing, talking etc.) really takes away from what is quite a decent game to play. I think some of the smaller bugs will be fixed over time (eg: cursor disappearing, skipping dialog causing the characters to move in fast forward etc) but overall the game was enjoyable.

Malachi is not very likeable, the voice actor is really good at what he does in other roles (Omid from Walking Dead Season 1/2) and a few characters from LoL for example but he seemed really flat in this particular role which was disappointing.

It's not a groundbreaking story to tell but it's definitely a decent one for the genre :)
Posted: April 16th, 2014
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
12.6 hrs on record
Is Moebius bad? Short anwser: Yes, and I wouldn't recommend it. Long answer, see below.

There will be spoilers below.

The game starts out fine, if a bit odd that Malachi would go investigate a murder victim when his specialty by all accounts is evaluating artifacts and antiques, but I'll go with it. The puzzles are fine for the most part (if we ignore the end of the game, more on that below), the only real gripe being a safe code that is the date a newspaper article was written about a character's parents' divorce. Let's assume it makes sense to have some attachment to the day your parents announced publicly they were getting divorced, why would you then use the date from a newspaper story about the announcemen, which was presumably written at least a day later? Did the character get really attached to the newspaper article?

But that's relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. The real problem with this game is the story and characters. The story has the potential to be interesting, but is executed terribly. Character motivations are never really apparent, because you don't really know anything about them. No real attempt is made to make anyone likable, even Malachi. Some might say this was intentional with Malachi, but that's just silly. If you can't like the character you're supposed to be, then you have no real emotional stake in what he or she is trying to do. Even anti-heroes are made to be likeable or at least developed to invoke some amount of empathy. Not here.

The point when I went from finding this game mediocre to bad came fairly late in chapter 6, though. At one point you are required to seduce and then hold a knife to a woman's throat to get information from her. That was just vile. If the point was to make me loathe Malachi and Moebius, it was succesful. This is all followed up by a fairly simple but boring, boring, boring maze. The maze is broken up by an even more boring puzzle where you click on pictures that might be related to the location you are in. Then you are "treated" to a rather anti-climactic cutscene that ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger.

The character models and animations are bad, but that's not something that really concerned me. If there was a good game underneath I would easily look past that. Sadly, there isn't.

I don't really think I'll be paying Moebius 2 and I would recommend you don't bother with Moebius 1.
Posted: April 30th, 2014
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