Cognition is a Point-and-Click Investigative Thriller to Watch For


Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is the next adventure game from indie developer Phoenix Online Studios, a team you may know for the episodic King’s Quest homage The Silver Lining. It is the story of a Boston FBI agent named Erica Reed who is blessed (and cursed) with the post-cognitive ability to sense the past of any object she touches. She must use this innate gift to solve the mystery of a serial killer responsible for murdering her brother.

The first episode, titled The Hangman, is due out on digital download platforms this fall, and today gives us our first look at the game’s 3D cel-shaded graphics, creepy storyline and atmosphere, and traditional point-and-click puzzles and play mechanics. Yep, I’d say adventure game fans are in for yet another indie thriller. Be sure to swing by the Reverb Publishing booth at PAX Prime for a hands-on look at Cognition, if you’re in the Seattle area between August 31st and September 2nd.

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