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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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There is some violent content in the story, and players occasionally shoot enemies, though because the graphics look so outdated, this never comes across as gratuitous or overtly impactful.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.
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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?
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.
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- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension, using supporting evidence
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, deduction, solving puzzles
- Price: $4.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Wadjet Eye Games
- Release date: February 24, 2011
- Genre: Adventure
- ESRB rating: NR
For kids who love adventures and mysteries
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