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.
Image RSS Feed Latest Screens
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
Blog RSS Feed Report abuse Latest News: Episode 3 Launch Party

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 Youtube.com and hangout with us!

Media RSS Feed Latest Video
Post comment Comments  (30 - 40 of 49)
vmp0514
vmp0514 Feb 18 2013, 3:29pm says:

Hey folks, I just wanted to share my review and play session, here:

Dadsgamingaddiction.com

Youtube.com

Thanks!

+2 votes     reply to comment
cyber-trance
cyber-trance Feb 13 2013, 6:56am says:

I bought your game on IGS, am I supposed to get a steamkey when your game is greenlit?

+3 votes     reply to comment
POStudios
POStudios Feb 13 2013, 10:49am replied:

Hi Cyber-trance--yes, all existing customers will be eligible for Steam keys when we get Greenlit :)

+3 votes     reply to comment
SirPrimalform
SirPrimalform Feb 13 2013, 2:12pm replied:

What about Desura?

+4 votes     reply to comment
POStudios
POStudios Feb 14 2013, 10:45am replied:

Desura keys were submitted on IGS this morning, so you should have them shortly if you don't already. :)

+3 votes     reply to comment
kalirion
kalirion Feb 15 2013, 2:50pm replied:

I can confirm that I got my Desura key on the IGS game page :)

+2 votes     reply to comment
commodore256
commodore256 Feb 12 2013, 9:34pm says:

I'm tracking this, I'm saving up my pennies for a new CPU, so I'll either get it after I buy the CPU or if it's 50% off. Hey, if I do buy it pre-greenlight and get a key, how would you feel about be sending it to a friend after I already played the DRM free edition? As an aspiring developer (that will probably never get anything published) I would see that as double dipping, but it's not as bad as used games.

But, if I buy it pre-greenlight and you say that key is for me and me only, I'll respect your wishes.

+1 vote     reply to comment
POStudios
POStudios Feb 13 2013, 12:36pm replied:

Hi commodore,

Any keys we get from Steam for existing customers who have bought our game will be delivered to the email addresses provided by those customers. Generally, Steam keys are tied to a specific email addresses or Steam accounts, so you wouldn't probably wouldn't be able to pass that key on to your friend, sorry.

You can however gift items purchased at our store to other people/email addresses, if you wanted to give your friend a copy that way.

+2 votes     reply to comment
bruter
bruter Feb 12 2013, 6:32am says:

in spanish

+1 vote     reply to comment
POStudios
POStudios Feb 12 2013, 9:49am replied:

Yes, we want to port the game to Linux. One of the biggest reasons we haven't yet is that Linux support was only recently added with Unity 4, but we're still working in Unity 3. Once we upgrade to the new version, making that port will become *much* easier. That upgrade will happen at some point, it's just a question of when.

+3 votes     reply to comment
Post a Comment
click to sign in

You are not logged in, your comment will be anonymous unless you join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) which we encourage all contributors to do.

2000 characters limit; HTML formatting and smileys are not supported - text only

Icon
Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman
Platforms
Windows, Mac, iPad
Developer & Publisher
Phoenix Online Studios
Engine
Unity
Contact
Send Message
Official Page
Postudios.com
Release Date
Released Oct 27, 2012
Game Watch
Track this game
Share
Community Rating

Average

8.9

57 votes submitted.

You Say

-

Ratings closed.

Style
Genre
Point and Click
Theme
Noire
Players
Single Player
Project
Indie
Boxshot
Boxshot
Sequels
Cognition Episode 4: The Cain Killer, Released Sep 18, 2013
Logo
Cognition Episode 3: The Oracle, Released May 15, 2013
Logo
Cognition Episode 2: The Wise Monkey, Released Jan 28, 2013
Logo
Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman, Released Oct 27, 2012
Logo
Twitter

Latest tweets from

It can take up to a few hours for tweets to begin appearing.

Embed Buttons

Promote Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman on your homepage or blog by selecting a button and using the HTML code provided (more).

Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman
Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman
Statistics
Rank
2,380 of 22,801
Last Update
1 year ago
Watchers
151 members
News
11
Reviews
19