A man arrives back at a New York antique shop from a trip to Spain after spending a week in the hospital. While there was quite a bit of bruising as a result of the trauma that hospitalized him, there is no permanent damage. As the shop attendant points out, “A man that evaluates antiques for a living shouldn’t have to worry about being beaten by thugs.” That is of course, unless that man is Malachi Rector. Malachi Rector, is the main protagonist of Moebius: Empire Rising, a point-and-click adventure game produced and written by Jane Jensen, well known for her work on the Gabriel Knight series and the standalone title Grey Matter.
Malachi is a renowned antiques dealer that excels at pushing people’s buttons and getting into trouble. When commissioned to work for a mysterious government agency, FITA, Malachi finds himself caught up in a web of conspiracy all bound to uncovering the secrets of the Moebius theory. The Moebius theory states that time and space are connected and historical figures are destined to reappear throughout history. It’s an interesting premise, but a dubious protagonist, foolproof puzzle-solving, and an underwhelming answer to the nature of the Moebius theory itself, leaves much to be desired.