In Moebius, players step into the expensive shoes of Malachi Rector, a genius antiquities appraiser and millionaire misanthrope. Malachi treats most people with a cold and distant arrogance. He isn’t fond of personal relationships, and is only passingly familiar with his shop manager Gretchen who’s worked for him for five years. He’s confident in his belief that people are imperfect, while objects to him are much more reliable – and valuable. Money seems to be his main motivator, and he’s obviously done quite well in that regard thanks to his keen eye for detail and photographic memory.
Malachi Rector is a man with a near superhuman ability to read into people and objects. A prologue comic was made to shed some light on his past and explain how these skills came to be.
As a kid, Malachi had shown great potential as his cognitive functions were monitored. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse as his mother was attacked and killed by a lion, an event which unsurprisingly made him dislike nature and further his focus on worldly possessions.
Lost Civilization is a hidden-item game that asks the question, “Who are we and where do we come from?” Archaeologist Suzanne Kheer’s fiance Michael (also an archaeologist) has just stumbled upon a decades-old secret on his latest dig that was last discovered by Nazi forces during World War II. This treasure isn’t any ordinary ‘pot of gold’, but something that could be turned into a very powerful weapon in the wrong hands. Unfortunately, news of this discovery spread to some very desperate people who respond by kidnapping Michael in an effort to get their hands on this powerful treasure.
Meet Malachi Rector, antiquities dealer and appraiser of artifacts. He’s very good at what he does and owns a successful upscale antiques shop in Manhattan. His newest client is one Amble Dexter, director of a secretive government agency known as FITA (Future Intelligence Technology Agency). Malachi decides to see what a man of Dexter’s station wants with his specific set of skills. As it turns out, FITA is interested in figuring out similarities between a recently murdered woman in Venice and any prominent historical figures. When Malachi presses him on why, Dexter is not very forthcoming with an explanation.
The Last Door: Collector’s Edition brings the dark horror and suspense found in the works of authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, works which serve as The Game Kitchen’s main inspiration for their unique point-and-click adventure game.
Quest For Infamy is a love letter to the RPG/Adventure Game of old, similar to Sierra’s Quest For Glory series. Keeping in line with tradition, the game runs at 320×240, but forthose of you who like to play on big screens with higher resolutions, added several graphical options which should be more up your alley have also been added.
Every game big or small starts as an idea, a thought process that’s rooted in what you’d love to see in a game. These can range from small changes to an already existing formula or series, a completely new idea, or a twist on an existing one.Quest for Infamy definitely falls into the latter.
The Kickstarter for Pinkerton Road, and eventually Moebius, ran from April 4, 2012 through May 19, 2012. In the beginning, there wasn’t any specific game being pitched: there were three possible projects that backers could vote on. One was a Jane Austen-style game called Anglophile Adventure, the second was a sequel to Grey Matter, and finally, there was Moebius. Pitching it as a spiritual successor to Gabriel Knight might have been what pushed it through, as in the end, Moebius beat out the others by a large margin, with 61% of the total votes!
Original Kickstarter pitch video
Part 2 in the on-going series on Face Noir is up at the Phoenix Online tumblr! This week, an inside look at the development of the game and how Gabriele and Marco made it happen on a truly bare bones budget.
Gabriele Papliani and Marco Sgolmin are the dynamic duo behind Face Noir! This creative pair amazingly created this entire love letter to Raymond Chandler that is Face Noir between just the two of them! Head over the the Phoenix Online tumblr to read more about their story of their experience and learn more about them.