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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:26am
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Cognition Has Been Greenlit!!
Release date: October 30, 2012

From Phoenix Online Studios[], the acclaimed developer behind the King’s Quest-inspired The Silver Lining[], Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is an engrossing point-and-click adventure following Erica Reed, a Boston FBI agent haunted by the unsolved case of a serial killer who took her brother’s life. Taking a turn for the strange, Erica investigates her cases with the power of post-cognition: with just one touch, she can see an object's past. But when a John Doe turns brutally hanged, Erica starts finding clues left specifically for her. Who knows her secret? And what do they want from her?

One of’s Top 10 Adventures of 2012[], Cognition is not to be missed!


Engrossing Story: Penned by the designers of The Silver Lining and with Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter) as Story Consultant, Cognition is a narrative- and character-driven adventure that pulls you into Erica's world as the suspense unfolds over four Episodes.

Fully Voiced: A very talented cast of voice actors brings to life the diverse characters, including Raleigh Holmes of The Scarlet Furies as Erica Reed.

Challenging & Logical Puzzles: This game is easy to pick up and play, but it certainly doesn’t skimp out on the challenging aspects of puzzling. Uncovering clues and putting pieces together make for a trial of one’s intuition and savvy.

Award-Winning Music: Winner of Best Music in the 2012 Aggie Awards[], from the editors and readers alike, Austin Haynes’ soundtrack is haunting and moving, and features the G.A.N.G.-nominated[] song “The Taking” by Robert and Raleigh Holmes!

Gorgeous Graphic Novel Artwork: Featuring the art direction of renowned comics artist Romano Molenaar (X-Men, The Darkness, Batman), the breathtaking, hand-drawn sinks you into the moody atmosphere of the narrative. Intrinsic to the atmosphere of the game, from a dark and stormy night in the cemetery to shady crime scenes to the vivid warmth of an antique shop.


What platforms is Cognition available on?
Cognition Episodes 1-3 are currently available[] on PC and Mac, and Episode 1 is also available on iPad.

What about Linux?
We are planning to do a Linux port! Cognition was developed in the Unity engine, and once we make the upgrade to their latest version (which supports Linux ports), we will be making this happen!

What languages do you support?
Episode 1 is available with English, German, and Italian subtitles; Episode 2 is available with English and Italian. We plan to re-incorporate German subtitles into the remaining episodes, but at this point that will be after all four Episodes have been released.
Voice-acting is only available in English.

I already own the game, will I get it on Steam if you’re Greenlit?
Yes! Steam FAQ states that developers will be provided with keys for their existing customers at no extra cost.

What kind of reviews have you gotten?
Pretty darn good ones! You can check out a list of review links and scores for Episode 1: The Hangman[] and Episode 2: The Wise Monkey[] at our site, and check out some quotes.

I don’t want to wait for it to be on Steam, I want it now!
Did I mention yet that Episodes 1, 2, and 3 areavailable now?[] :)

My question hasn’t been answered!
Ask away in the comments below, or come visit our forums[] to find out more!


"It is soaked with gloomy style, is gorgeous to look at and listen to, sets up its plot points with great precision, and
takes off in the third act as it builds to a huge climax with a disquieting final shot that makes me genuinely eager to
play the second episode.”
AdventureGamers[], 3.5/5

“If you enjoy adventure games with a gripping story and great art, Cognition is shaping up to be a fantastic option." - Entertainium[], 4/5

The story is filled with intrigue and suspense and will surely keep you interested with the good mix of puzzles and
investigative thinking along with the superb voice-actors and accompanying music.”
Video Game People[], 9/10

"“Phoenix Online Studios’ first episode The Hangman is both an achievement in mature storytelling and great puzzle design. It is the spiritual successor of the Gabriel Knight series, but with its own unique ideas.”FutureSack[], 9/10

“Erica Reed is voiced to perfection … the soundtrack by Austin Haynes is scene-perfect every step of the way … César Bittar (with a little help from his friend Jane Jensen) and the folks at Phoenix Online Studios have crafted a story that is genuinely involving and extremely emotional …a truly incredible achievement.”Alternative Magazine Online[], 9/10

"An exciting story, an interesting main character, challenging puzzles, and a grandiose. atmosphere make for me this first episode a worthy spiritual successor of the Gabriel Knight series, which hopefully will be even better with each new episode. Besides The Walking Dead is the best for me so far (serious) Adventure game experience of the year." - Adventure-Treff[], 85%

"The passion of the developers for their work is evident in every facet of the game, and there's a strong foundation here. The puzzle design is far more detailed than what you'd see in similar games ... The art and music are also inspired and make a strong case for the game. ... Ultimately, Cognition is a good start, and at its core, a quality adventure game. ... this series will be a sure winner." - RPGFan[], 80%
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Cosmic May 21, 2017 @ 9:22am 
"Far too simplistic to be worth spending my money on."
JoJo13 May 6, 2017 @ 9:27am 
Looks nice
King in Yellow Mar 27, 2017 @ 3:22pm 
Dev admited he had no interest in promoting his game any further now that he got our money.
Sammy_Welland Mar 16, 2017 @ 1:01pm 
Let's mark this "crap" :DSTskull:
Alien Oct 4, 2016 @ 6:39am 
Good Game
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SmoKali-Linuxa 🐍 Jul 9, 2016 @ 11:45am 
Убийца Хахлов Jun 15, 2016 @ 10:23am 
Аноним Mar 4, 2016 @ 3:25am 
Not bad
FUN Feb 20, 2016 @ 6:43am 
good game