Blade Runner Fans, The Past Just Became The Present

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Gemini Rue, an upcoming indie title for the PC, looks like something we sadly haven't seen much of lately: a game that combines adventure, science fiction and a little bit of darkness.

While that sounds like the nichest of niche genres, throughout the late 1980s and into the 1990s there was actually a steady stream of quality titles that fit just that bill. Some were trying to be Blade Runner, one was Blade Runner, but all of them shared some common elements: they were adventure games, they were set in the future and had a dark, almost noir tone.

Snatcher (1988)

Mean Streets (1989)

Beneath A Steel Sky (1994)

Policenauts (1994)

Blade Runner (1997)

So, yes, quite a little fad we had going there for a while! One more thing all the games above had in common is that they're great, so seeing Gemini Rue has put a big smile on our faces.

Gemini Rue (2011)

Gemini Rue, which won the Student Showcase award at the last Independent Games Festival, is an adventure game featuring things like hand-drawn backgrounds and visuals that look like they came straight out of 1995. And we mean that in a good way.


It'll be available later this year, but you can pre-order it now from the developer's site if you like what you see.

[Gemini Rue]

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Beneath a Steel Sky and Blade Runner are two stand out all time classic titles.

Why the point and click genre died is a mystery to me...

Maybe it was the 3d monkey island games twisting the original concept into something a bit Telltale.

Maybe because its harder to tell a story then slap on some flashy graphics over a space machine shooty shooty online set piece with the cast from aliens.

Or maybe we are being nostalgic.

Who cares! Machinarium was a step in the right direction and Gemini looks pretty good.