Gemini Rue does a good job of mixing many different flavors of storyline and gameplay. Mostly a point-and-click adventure title, you also find yourself investigating clues to locate your brother/escape the facility and take part in simplistic gun battles, timing gauges to improve your accuracy during windows you can attack your opponent. Gemini Rue gives you plenty of chances to make choices that feel like you make a difference in the story, primarily in conversation with others, where you can be honest or manipulative, kind or pushy. Eventually, you will always get the information you need, but it is neat to see different ways to go about it.
Action scenes in adventure games tend to have a set solution, and Gemini Rue is no exception. I found myself going through a few action scenes multiple times as I tried to figure out the specifics, like making sure you close AND LOCK a door to stave off a pursuing enemy. Otherwise, you find yourself rather unceremoniously laying on the ground in a pool of blood awaiting your next restart.
Adventure titles made a splash at the start of PC gaming for their excellent storyline and interactivity, but lost steam as other action-oriented titles started telling excellent stories as well. Recently, a resurgence has arisen as those who grew up playing these games are getting into game development and want a feel for classic adventure stylings. This also allows a mixture of new improvements, such as cleaner artwork, more interactivity, and variance in gameplay. One of the best improvements is the ability to port these games to handheld devices. In today's rushed world, it's great to basically play an interactive comic book that you can pick up for a quick interaction at any time you're waiting for something else to happen, as opposed to dedicating an evening to getting through it. Adventure games with single storylines also get more length to their life with you as well, because you're squeezing in five minutes here and there as opposed to booking a few hours at a time to work on it. While there are a few clicks here and there that a precision mouse pointer would have worked better than my big old fingers, a bit of training got me to where I could navigate the menus easily.
If you've already played and love this game, Gemini Rue is ported amazingly over to Apple devices. It is identical to it's PC counterpart, and looks amazing on the hi-def screen. If this is your first try at Gemini Rue, it is hard to preview the game without giving away key plot points. Let's just say it will fill your desire for neo-cyber-futuristic mystery stories, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing the whole time. Gemini Rue is available on the App Store. It will retail for $4.99, but will be at a limited-time price of $3.99 on release. Gemini Rue is also available for download on your PC (with a free demo!) for $9.99, but usually finds its way into Steam sales, indie download bundles, or deals on GOG.com. The soundtrack is also available for $9.99 on iTunes.