Gemini Rue

Common Sense Media says

Action game with retro graphics has captivating story.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There is a seedy, dark tone to this game that has little in the way of altruistic messages or conquering evil for the greater good. While the story is compelling, it is more about individual characters, some of which have shady backgrounds rooted in organized crime, looking out for themselves. The messages conveyed in the story are not overtly sordid or wrong, but at the same time there is nothing overtly positive.

Positive role models

One of the central characters in this game is involved in organized crime and was a former assassin. This has given him a level of cunning that comes across in the story, and although he does not participate in gratuitous violence during the actual course of gameplay, he comes off as a mysterious and shady character at best.

Ease of play

This game provides a satisfying challenge to players as they work to unravel the many pieces of the film noir-style mystery. The game is somewhat open-ended in that there are multiple ways to complete each part of the story, but in order to get from start to finish players will need to have very sharp mental acuity and pay very strong attention to the clues presented throughout the dialogue and gameplay instructions. This is very much a challenge of mental acumen rather than a test of traditional gaming skills like reflexes and quick action. Players will need to approach the game methodically and carefully.

Violence

The central character used to be an assassin and there are allusions to that in the story. In addition, players occasionally shoot enemies. This game is presented in a vintage video game style, which means the graphical depiction is very minimal. As such, the violence is more about context than it is about depiction. Nevertheless, the dark overtones and violent actions that players initiate do make an impression during the course of gameplay.

Sex
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Language

There are occasional instances of profane language in the dialogue, including the words "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The story revolves largely around a fictitious drug that is gaining popularity throughout the galaxy. Although specific details about this drug are never detailed, there are connotations that it is the equivalent of today's real-life illicit drugs.

Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gemini Rue is a science fiction-themed "point-and-click" adventure game, with a graphical style that is reminiscent of old computer games from the 1990s. The graphics are intentionally out of line with today's more intense, high-action titles so that the story becomes the focal point of the experience. There is some violent content in the story, and players occasionally shoot enemies, though because the graphics look so outdated, this never comes across as gratuitous or overtly impactful. In addition, there are some swear words in the dialogue that are meant to convey the sense of stress and tension in the story.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • using supporting evidence
  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • analyzing evidence
  • deduction

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • using supporting evidence
  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • analyzing evidence
  • deduction

Kids can learn how to use deductive reasoning skills and logic to solve a variety of mysteries and puzzles. They are also presented with an unfolding storyline through a series of conversations with characters, so reading comprehension and retention are also emphasized in this game. Gemini Rue's intriguing sci-fi story motivates kids to practice reasoning skills, but with little feedback.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Raby

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What's it about?

In GEMINI RUE, the story is arguably more important than the graphics or even the actual gameplay mechanics. The story is set in the future, sometime in the 2200s, when mankind has colonized planets throughout the galaxy. In one planetary system, a criminal syndicate has risen to power and it is up to players to take down the syndicate and restore peace to the universe. The story is presented both in cutscenes in between gameplay and in dynamic dialogue exchanges that happen during game, which helps pull players into the experience and become a part of the story.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Gemini Rue's target audience is most likely players that are in their 20s and beyond, since they will be most able to appreciate the vintage graphical style. The game plays very similar to computer games from over a decade ago, which is not necessarily a bad thing. In that era of PC games, the story was more important than anything else, and a captivating, unique, and compelling storyline was able to pull players in more than a badly written HD video game of today. This game manages to capture the same level of intrigue as video games of the past. And that appeal is universal to anyone who appreciates a good sci-fi story.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the violence in this game. Is the violence necessary?

  • Is there ever a situation where you can justify being the "bad guy"?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$4.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Wadjet Eye Games
Release date:February 24, 2011
Genre:Adventure
ESRB rating:NR for (Windows)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byI'm not good at this September 8, 2014
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One of the best I've ever seen.

This is, simply put, an amazing game. Wadjet eye hits all the right notes, the retro style graphics are spot on. It has a story that keeps you guessing until the very end, the puzzles are just the right amount of hard, and all the controls are clearly explained in the first chapter. 6/5 stars. Highly reccomend this fantastic game.
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