An adventure game set in a bleak dystopian future that is dominated by the criminal organisation known as the Boryokudan. You play as Azriel Odin, an ex-assassin turned cop who is searching for a defector from the Gemini System, as well as Delta-Six, an inmate who has had his memory wiped by "The Director". Fate brings these characters together in this highly enjoyable intense point and click title.
Like other games from developer Wadjet Eye Games, Gemini Rue is a retro-graphic adventure game created using the Adventure Game Studio engine. There is enough innovation here to make this game fresh, while still retaining a nostalgic 90's feel. I was constantly reminded of the Blade Runner game and Beneath A Steel Sky when playing this and the developer managed to create a fantastic atmosphere as well as a relatively challenging gameplay experience.
I find that most modern adventure games sacrifice challenging puzzles for an interesting story (see the Blackwell Series). However, Gemini Rue did stump me a few times and also provided an excellent story that wouldn't feel out of place on the big screen or in some form of graphic novel series. The story had me hooked and being able to change playable character's on the fly was a great design choice.
Innovation comes in the form of shootouts, the use of terminals for information and choosing when to switch your character. This last aspect was very welcome when I found myself stuck at certain points, I would just switch character and see what I could do to progress their story.
The graphics are not "cutting edge", nor are they supposed to be. The game looks and feels exactly as intended. You are here for the story and the challenge that comes with a point and click adventure game. I highly recommend this game to fans of the genre and if studios like Wadjet Eye Games keep producing titles like this, then the genre is at its healthiest since the glory days of the 90's.