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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4 comments by POStudios on May 10th, 2013

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!

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MIK0 Mar 10 2013, 4:24am 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 Mar 10 2013, 9:21am 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, 6:51pm 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 Mar 12 2013, 10:25am 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, 2:45pm replied:

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

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POStudios Mar 12 2013, 10:25am 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, 12:53pm 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 Mar 12 2013, 10:23am 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, 3:37pm replied:

Yes, Linux! Please do! :-D

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asheskitty Mar 9 2013, 7:49pm says:

The mac version is a 0 byte zip file (Ep1). I'm looking forward to playing this on my mac. Can you please upload the mac build to desura. TIA (Also the Debut Bundle account page has the same issue.)

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Mar 11 2013, 8:31am replied:

This is Strange, the Mac version has been up for over a month without issues. What Browser and Antivirus are you using?

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asheskitty Mar 11 2013, 12:49pm replied:

Thanks! It's fixed now. Working from Chrome and Firefox on Mac.

Yesterday I was unable to download the mac version from Firefox (Mac, no AV) and Chrome (PC, Microsoft Essentials AV).

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seantastic Mar 11 2013, 10:06am replied:

I was having this issue as well using Chrome (Version 25.0.1364.160) and no antivirus software. Based on your question I tried using Safari and it started downloading normally. I'm relatively new to Desura but other games I downloaded in Chome downloaded with no issues.

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KidIcarus Mar 10 2013, 12:13pm replied:

I'm having this issue with the Debut Bundle as well. 0k file being downloaded from Desura. Would really love to play this.

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POStudios Mar 11 2013, 8:32am replied:

Hi, KidIcarus, we're currently trying to fix this issue, could you tell us what browser and what Antivirus you're using?

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