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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller Episode 1: The Hangman

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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 1: The Hangman

30 January 2013
  • Conclusion: Cognition: Episode 1 is the story of FBI agent Erica Reed.  Reed is a tough-as-nails special agent with a “Baahston” accent and a supernatural gift.  With her gift of cognition, Erica can reconstruct past events and gain clues about her investigations.  She can view a crime scene’s past by focusing on a specific object, or help a witness recall an event by rebuilding memories.  She’s on the case in this episode trying to track down a murderer.
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Overall 6

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 1: The Hangman

Thunderbolt Games
26 January 2013
  • Excerpt: Murder mysteries lend themselves perfectly to the point-and-click adventure genre, something that’s had a resurgence of late mostly due to Telltale Games keeping the torch lit and others taking things from there. Catching a deranged serial killer leaving cryptic clues for a bright young detective to figure out is something the genre fans can really sink their teeth into, and Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is looking to fill that particular niche with the help from...
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Overall 8

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 1: The Hangman

Adventure Classic Gaming
7 January 2013
  • Excerpt: Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is the first commercial game project from Phoenix Online Studios—best known as the developer of The Silver Lining, a freeware fan game based on Sierra's King's Quest series. Like that game, this game is being released by the indie developer as a planned episodic series. The title is notable for being among the earliest adventure game projects to be successfully funded on Kickstarter.
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Overall 5

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 1: The Hangman

19 December 2012
  • Summary: Cognition isn't a complete disaster, but it has some pretty major problems.
  • Pros: Intriguing plot. Great soundtrack
  • Cons: Silly puzzles that are completely out of place. Sluggish performance. Creepy-looking characters
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Overall 7

Expert Review

Adventure Gamers
31 October 2012
  • Conclusion: The ambition of César Bittar must also be praised; he is credited as not only Phoenix Online's CEO, but sole designer, writer, director, and producer of this episode—perhaps to the game's detriment if the sometimes uneven script was not externally edited. Bittar has already stated that other designers will helm, or co-helm, future episodes, and the influence of a larger pool of talent will hopefully further improve on this highly promising beginning.
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Overall 8

Comincia la stagione di Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

3 April 2013
  • Conclusion: Ho ricevuto una versione recensibile dal gioco direttamente da Reverb Publishing, ho scoperto con gioia che i salvataggi della versione di anteprima erano compatibili e ho proceduto a completare il gioco in una manciata di ore. Ho anche rigiocato alcune parti per approfondire le variazioni nell'avventura e sperimentare un po' col sistema di hint.
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