Gemini Rue is a pixellated futuristic science fiction adventure game that is described as having an atmosphere similar to “Blade Runner” and “Beneath a Steel Sky.” This isn’t your typical iOS casual fare – Gemini Rue is a detailed game that will require hours of gameplay to complete.
It is a story heavy game that focuses on Azriel Odin, an ex-assassin who has arrived on the dark and dreary planet Barracus and Delta-Six, a man who wakes up in the hospital with no memory. Odin and Delta-Six both face problems of morality, making tough choices that ultimately bring them together to seek redemption.
Gemini Rue has simple controls. Tap to walk forward on the screen and tap to inspect items. Looking at items brings up a menu where you can select a verb to use to interact with what’s on the screen. For example, tapping on a photo brings up a menu that allows you to look at it, touch it, talk with it, kick it, or shoot it.
Obviously, not all items can be interacted with in all of the above listed ways, so it’s up to you to work out what to do with each one. There are a few other options as well, such as a lockpick, which can only be used on specific items. Some items can be picked up and added to your inventory, where they will also be able to be accessed as options when interacting with objects.
When you speak with people you may have chat options pop up, which you can use to go through conversational options. You can also interact with computers, which is a neat feature because you can type in search terms and get information as if you were using a standard search engine, with the game’s retro interface.
The communicator, which is located on the upper left screen, stores all of your notes and hints on what to do in the game, and if you have trouble figuring out what to do next or what items can be interacted with, a tap and hold on the screen will reveal what’s in the room.
As the game is divided between two characters, you will essentially play through two different story lines. In one, you will play as Azriel, seeking out his brother on the streets of Barracus, and in the other, you will take on the role of Delta Six, getting on the good side of hardened criminals in the floating prison Center 7. Swapping between the two stories keeps the plot lines from going stale.
As with any mystery adventure style game, Gemini Rue incorporates a number of puzzles that you must solve, which I don’t want to spoil. Puzzles are not overly difficult, but they may require some thought, such as figuring out how to get to a certain spot in the game by ferreting out clues in your surroundings.
The game also has combat sequences, which may be the only aspect of the gameplay that feels a bit out of place. Shootouts are timing based, where you must tap at the right time to hit the enemy. There’s no aiming, it’s overly simplistic, and it feels like an overwrought attempt to add action to a game that didn’t need it.
Though the combat felt unnecessary, the rest of the game makes up for that slight flaw. The dark atmosphere is engaging, the sound effects are perfect and the roleplaying aspect to the conversations will have you addicted in no time. Of course, this is a game that’s all about the story, and I guarantee that if you enjoy science fiction themes, you will love unraveling the plot twists in Gemini Rue.
What I liked: Gemini Rue is a fantastic point and click style adventure game with challenging puzzles and an amazingly well designed atmosphere.
What I didn’t like: I have few complaints about Gemini Rue, though I didn’t feel like the combat in the game was worthwhile as it was overly simplistic.
To buy or not to buy: If you enjoy adventure style games and cyperpunk themes, Gemini Rue is well worth the purchase price.
- App Name: Gemini Rue
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.21
- Category: Games
- Developer: Wadjet Eye Games
- Price: $3.99