Back in June, Jane Jensen released an early preview of her new adventure game, Moebius. This summer preview provided a taste of the game's unique gameplay and while there were questions regarding the intuitiveness of its data analysis mechanic, in regard to character development, it promised some interesting things.
Recently, a more complete Moebius was on display at a San Francisco Indie game event, and this version provided a better idea of what players can expect. Where the earlier preview focused on the first two chapters of the game, the more recent demo examined chapters three through five. As expected, we learn more about hero Malachi Rector and the shadow organization that's hired him. We also see even more unusual locations and enjoy some interesting character exchanges.
Strangely however, we don't see these exchanges offering the same sense of choice or consequence as the earlier ones seemed to. Then again, it's hard to say at this point, whether or not your dialog choices ultimately affect the way the game plays out and/or ends. Ditto the method in which Malachi analyzes people; it's unclear at this time, whether doing it really matters.
Unlike the dialog sequences, the data analysis portion of the game appears to have remained the same since June. This part of the game involves cross-referencing multiple scraps of information in order to match a modern day individual with their historical counterpart, and the process is still somewhat unintuitive. Frankly, it's hard to tell how much wiggle room you have when comparing bits of info.
Moebius is still a work in progress, as evidenced by this and some (known) graphics and sound issues. This isn't a problem though, and will no doubt be resolved before the game's release. What's encouraging is the game's mystery which chapters three through five only served to enhance. And whenever that James Bond-like Robert Holmes soundtrack plays, if you're an adventure fan, you can't help but get excited.
Moebius will be available for PC, Mac, iPad and Linux, but its release date has yet to be determined. Until we hear more, if you'd like more information about the game, visit the official Moebius website.