From Phoenix Online Studios, the acclaimed developer behind The Silver Lining, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is a four part episodic game, engrossing narrative with truly evocative atmosphere. This chilling point-and-click adventure is a thought-provoking mystery following Erica Reed, a Boston-based 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 mystery with the help of her post-cognition abilities – seeing an object’s past with a touch. What unravels is a much greater, much more complex and enigmatic thriller, as it becomes clear that someone knows Erica’s secrets.

  • Engrossing, Episodic Narrative – As a fully narrative-driven game, Erica’s story is rife with intrigue and suspense over four episodes of thrilling mystery. Supported by voiced narration, this story is truly engaging.
  • Fully-Realized Characters – A very talented cast of voice actors rounds out the diverse characters with complex motivations. Each new character makes the game that much more dynamic.
  • Mind-Bending Challenges – 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.
  • Stunning Art – The breathtaking, hand-drawn art evokes the mood of the narrative. Intrinsic to the atmosphere of the game, dark hues paint gruesome scenes vividly.
  • All-Star Dev Team – Developed by a true indie “dream team,” the lineup includes comics artist Romano Molenaar and renowned designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter) lending her expertise to the story.
  • Your Choices Matter – Each episode features branching paths, different ways to be complete and solve key puzzles, ensuring different paths for Erica to take to solve the mystery.
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On Thursday May 16th, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller continues in Episode 3: The Oracle! In this episode, you won’t just be playing as Erica, but also as the killer who’s been playing games with her. Meaning we’ll finally know the answer to one big question: Who is the killer?

Plus! Join us on May 16th at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST for a launch day livestream! We’ll be on Google Hangout, taking your questions, talking about Episode 3, and doing some exclusive giveaways at our YouTube channel. Just go to to and hangout with us!

Cognition Episodes 1 and 2 On Sale In April!

Cognition Episodes 1 and 2 On Sale In April!

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Get 25% off Episodes 1 and 2 on Desura for all of April!

Vote for Cognition on Steam Greenlight!

Vote for Cognition on Steam Greenlight!

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April 17th is the next Greenlight date--vote up Cognition to see it on Steam!

The Debut Bundle

The Debut Bundle

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New game debuts: all new McDROID & 6180 The Moon, new versions Cloudphobia & Wimp: Who Stole My Pants? plus Cognition Ep 1 & Master of Alchemy.

Cognition Episode 1 now Available on the iTunes store

Cognition Episode 1 now Available on the iTunes store

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One of our most popular requests has always been for an iPad version, well, we're pleased to announce that the iPad version is now on the itunes store...

In this point & click adventure, take on the role of FBI agent Erica Reed, with an uncanny talent to see the past and piece together how a crime unfolded. But not even this sixth sense could save her younger brother, Scott, from a brutal serial killer...
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cpholmes9 Sep 20 2013 says:

Do you know if we will be getting Steam keys for the Indie Gala Weekly sale that Part 1 and Part 2 were in? I do have Part 1 and 2 on Desura now, but they are not listed as steam keys on Indie Gala page or here on Desura. Thanks for the great game and congratulations on being Greenlit!

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quillsaga Oct 5 2013 replied:

This is late but there are probably other people that may have a question about this, so if you redeem the keys Steam will give you a discount to get the whole season, I was wondering too and found the solution so thought I'd share it here too.

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commodore256 Sep 16 2013 says:

Do you think you can re-build for Linux?

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joeadamhill Sep 13 2013 says:

Great game!

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mike801012 Sep 4 2013 says:

Its in Groupees bundle for $1, soon they'll unlock Cognition 2 too.

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Proteus123 Jun 14 2013 says:

A question about this excellent game: I run it on a win7 64 bit system with first gen i7 cpu and a GTX660 gfx card. The system has 12 GB ram. Now, more or less every time I run the game it crashes on me a while in. The place is random but at the moment it happens att the first case after the introduction. In the room while I talk to all the people. Is this anything known to happen? I've tried to run the game in compatability mode (win XP sp3) but it does not help. Please advise...

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s_d May 13 2013 says:

I'd just like to add another polite request for a Linux version! I hope that some of the Linux sales will help with licensing of Unity3D version 4 (which, supposedly, has other very nice features for developers, as well). There just aren't enough graphic adventure games, but I'm happy to see this changing!

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MiniDude Mar 15 2013 says:

Dewd this game is so awesome, i am going to buy Cognition 2 as soon as i have da monay! :P Loved it, class Voice acting and story telling. Some lag here and there but thats nothing to worry about. You guys should get this :)

Checkout the PlayDB Video, if you are interested in this game

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Apr 7 2013 replied:

Thanks MiniDude! :D

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MIK0 Mar 10 2013 says:

People that got the game directly from Phoenix Online Studios will get a Steam key when the game is greenlit. But how about a desura key also, like the recent indie bundles?

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Mar 10 2013 replied:

Hi. MIK0

Yes, if you buy the game from our website you'll also be eligible for a Desura key.

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MIK0 Mar 11 2013 replied:

That's great! I bought the game from your website with the season pass about a month ago. I should I proceed to get a desura key for it? Not that the drm free standalone setup is bad, but I like being able to choose and I though it was strange that only the steam key was included.

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Mar 12 2013 replied:

Hi MIK0,

Email with your receipt or invoice #, and we'll send a key your way :)


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Nekator666 Mar 11 2013 replied:

Hi, so - since i´ve bought the episode key.. how can i use this now on desura? :=

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Mar 12 2013 replied:

Hi Nekator666,

As I told MIK0 above, just email with your receipt or invoice #, and we'll send you the key. Thanks!

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asheskitty Mar 11 2013 replied:

I am happy to hear this, since the the Phoenix Store makes you choose between the Mac and PC versions when you add the Season Pass Upgrade to the cart.

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Mar 12 2013 replied:

Hi asheskitty--

While the Phoenix store has you select what files you want initially, you do actually have access to both PC & Mac (and Linux, when we add that) after purchasing.

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s_d May 13 2013 replied:

Yes, Linux! Please do! :-D

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