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.
Mean Streets (1989)
Beneath A Steel Sky (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.