Moebius: Empire Rising
Moebius: Empire Rising is a solid point-and-click title that delivers a compelling story and fun gameplay, but it's hindered by mediocre execution.
Overall, Moebius: Empire Rising was a disappointment. A game with an interesting plot and curious puzzles was hampered by boring characters and the nuance of guesswork. Ultimately, Moebius failed to deliver on its numerous potential intricacies. It often appeared as though the developers failed to consider many things from the perspective of the player, making it so that many of the game's features, interesting as they could have been, were left fairly flat and uninteresting. Still, if you can make it through much of the tedious gameplay, players are sure to find some interest in a plot that is arguably pretty interesting.
I had high hopes for Moebius: Empire Rising, but while it shows early promise it ultimately falls far short of living up to it. I suspect that Jane Jensen has a good story to tell, but this is definitely not the way to go about it.
Not without its flaws, but very few of those flaws matter too much: Moebius is, on the whole, a well-written and interesting investigation.
Moebius is an utter disaster of a game. An entirely unlikeable or vacuous cast, a contempt for women like I've never seen, and indeed almost equal contempt for men, gibberish puzzles, ghastly animation, flawed conceits, the stupidest plot idea I can remember, and the whole thing scored with lift music. It's as if the moustache puzzle from Gabriel Knight 3 got an agent, and a starring role as an entire game.
Moebius: Empire Rising is a decent adventure game that becomes harder to recommend because of its technical flaws. I can't really tell you if it's a worthy successor to Gabriel Knight, but fans will certainly enjoy the old-school joys of pointing and clicking their way through puzzles and dialogue.
While I had my own ideas about how close Malachi and David should be, and there were some antiquated hang-ups in execution, this is a neat game for fans of Jensen and the genre alike.
A welcome return for Jane Jensen, and the beginning of a potentially fascinating series with an intriguing protagonist. More, please.
Moebius: Empire Rising is a short adventure bogged down by dull characters and tedious puzzle solving.