We’re in the middle of a sort of adventure renaissance here in 2012. I haven’t played a point-and-click adventure game this year that I didn’t like. So, I decided to see if I could continue the streak, and, dug into the first episode of the new Cognition series, made by Phoenix Online Studios.
The full name of the game, as near as I can tell, is Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller: Episode 1: The Hangman. That is too many subtitles, so I’ll just keep calling the game Cognition Episode 1 or other shortened variations. The “Epsiode 1“, of course, is because this is the first chapter in an ongoing series, which is planned to contain four episodes. Episode 1 is out now, and Episode 2 is due out some time after the holiday season.
A little background: Cognition was actually a Kickstarted game series (“before it was cool,” according to the press release). It’s made by the team responsible for the King’s Quest-inspired The Silver Lining adventure games. Gabriel Knight‘s Jane Jensen was consulted for the story, with art direction by comic artist Romano Molenaar.
Altogether the game has an interesting pedigree, though I probably would not have stumbled across it organically. The marketing material is easy enough to avoid. This is actually good. Avoid the marketing material, because, for some reason, it spoils story twists in the game. This is why I linked directly to the buy page rather than the page with the trailers and news. The game is on Greenlight, too, since games are all on Greenlight these days, but, in that case, beware of reading anything on the page. I’m far from the most spoiler-phobic person, but for a murder mystery I’d rather not know ending twists up front.
That messy business aside, what about the game?