Summary: " Gray Matter " delights and frustrates in equal measure. With good puzzles, a great story, and an interesting premise, this could have been fantastic. However, with a fairly appalling conversion, poor controls, and some of the worst animation I have ever seen in the last ten years, there are some...
Conclusion: Gray Matter is a game that is thoroughly entertaining from start to finish bar a few niggles, but well worth the time of anyone with even the slightest interest in the genre. It's not perfect, but it's certainly a step in the right direction and a few more of these point-and-click adventure titles...
Excerpt: Misdirection, manipulation, and an inventory filled with objects are the tools of the stage magician, but they’re also the basics of the adventure-game genre. Why it’s taken so long for the two to be combined is anyone’s guess, but in Gray Matter , the fit is so natural that it seems like it’s the...
Conclusion: Gray Matter plays the paranormal mystery of its plot with full, straight-faced conviction, and it works. This kind of made-for-TV melodrama needs nothing less. There are cliche pitfalls left and right (Dr.
Excerpt: Younger readers may be unaware of this, but adventure games were hugely popular in olden times (aka the 1990s). And in those days of yore, the undisputed queen of point-and-click was Jane Jensen, celebrated author of the Gabriel Knight trilogy.
Conclusion: To say Gray Matter will appeal to everybody is just plain daft. Of course it won't, which is why point-and-click adventures are a rarity these days, even on their native PC. The audience just isn't there and neither is the money.
Summary: For adventure game fans it doesn’t get much bigger than Gray Matter, quite possibly the most anticipated release ever for the often deprived genre. Starting development in 2003 the project was known as ‘Project Jane-J’, slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2004.
Pros: Beautifully presented, Fantastic voice work and tracks, Compelling mysterious story
Cons: Lacking complexities in puzzle design, Character animations rather clunky, Ending doesn’t answer all questions
Summary: Gray Matter is a pretty traditional take on the genre, and isn’t going to attract anyone who doesn’t already feel the point and click love, but despite some rough edges it’s a cracking story that will appeal to those looking for a deep, literary narrative.