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 Youtube.com 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...

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cpholmes9
cpholmes9

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
quillsaga

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
commodore256

Do you think you can re-build for Linux?

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joeadamhill
joeadamhill

Great game!

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mike801012
mike801012

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

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Proteus123
Proteus123

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
s_d

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
MiniDude

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
Youtube.com

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POStudios Creator
POStudios

Thanks MiniDude! :D

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MIK0
MIK0

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

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
MIK0

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

Hi MIK0,

Email support@postudios.com with your receipt or invoice #, and we'll send a key your way :)

Thanks!

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Nekator666
Nekator666

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

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POStudios Creator
POStudios

Hi Nekator666,

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

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asheskitty
asheskitty

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

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
s_d

Yes, Linux! Please do! :-D

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