Azriel Odin, ex-assassin, arrives on the rain-drenched planet of Barracus. When things go horribly wrong, he can only seek help from the very criminals he used to work for.
Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a man called Delta-Six wakes up in a hospital with no memory. Without knowing where to turn or who to trust, he vows to escape before he loses his identity completely.
As fate brings these two closer together, we discover a world where life is cheap, identities are bought and sold, and a quest for redemption can change the fate of a whole galaxy.
Gemini Rue is a Science Fiction Storytelling game created by UCLA Media Arts student Joshua Nuernberger. It was the Student Showcase Winner at the 2010 Independent Games Festival under the name Boryokudan Rue, before it was given a name change and a publishing agreement with Wadjet Eye Games. Gemini Rue has currently sold over 26,000 copies!
A very film noir game that is more dramatic than adventurous, it is the story that really sets it apart. With low-key violence, simple gaming and minor puzzling… it is still a breath of fresh air to see a game created old school; wherein you are a part of a story rather than just wandering around shooting things mindlessly.
I was introduced to this game by an old acquaintance of my Machinima days, Nathan Allen Pinard, who’d written the Soundtrack, it is a beautiful mix of ambient electronic, very atmospheric and had received multiple amazing reviews as a stand alone Soundtrack. Alone, it is incredible, with his music accompanying the Gemini Rue story it gives it a whole new level of depth that pricks at your emotions during certain scenes. In and of itself, without the game, especially playing it on headphones while wandering around, it seems to carry the ambiance over into reality; although I am quite an empathetic person.
The review written by Adventure Gamers provides more insight into the gaming style and you can listen to previews of Nathan Allen Pinards music for Gemini Rue on Amazon.
I received a sample of the Soundtrack as a friend. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.