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Moebius: Empire Rising is an Adventure Game written by Jane Jensen, of Gabriel Knight fame, and developed by Phoenix Online Studios, of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller fame. It was developed with the Unity Engine and released on Steam in 2014.
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Described as "A metaphysical thriller", the game follows Malachi Rector, an evaluator of antiques with a "photographic memory and genius for history". Asked by a secret government agency to investigate the life of a dead woman, he discovers a level to history, even to space and time, deeper than he had known.

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Moebius contains examples of:

  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Control temporarily switches over to David during Malachi's first panic attack. The player also controls David for part of the last chapter, when he and Helene are escaping Qatar.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Malachi Rector.
  • Badass in Distress: David gets abducted near the end of the game. By the time Malachi can come to the rescue, he's partway through escaping with the help of Helene.
  • Expy: An important plot element, as people being just like specific historical figures is the crux of the plot.
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  • Fun with Acronyms: A secret government agency named "Future Intelligence Technology Agency" (F.I.T.A.).
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Some of David's jokes consist of these.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: David serves this role for Malachi, helping him control his panic attacks and become less of a Jerkass.
  • MacGuffin: The whiskey Malachi buys late in the game is called MacGuffin whiskey.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Malachi is wealthy enough such that some things in the game are explained by him simply buying them, and he has strong opinions on taste.
  • Photographic Memory: A skill possessed by our protagonist, and one that apparently proves quite useful in evaluating antiques.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Malachi suffers from these when he purposely uses his abilities at the end.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Malachi is British, and very very cultured.
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  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Malachi goes on one after David is kidnapped. He does quite a few things that he normally wouldn't, like holding a knife to someone's throat, and trudging through murky tunnels.
  • Sherlock Scan: Malachi does this to all antiques and people he sees, represented by mini-games of guessing or matching specific traits to things in his photographic memory.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller for being written by Jane Jensen, using the same (slightly buggy and awkward) engine, having a lot of detail in furniture and decorations, and an emphasis on psychic powers.

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