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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vmp0514 Feb 18 2013 says:

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


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POStudios Feb 19 2013 replied:

Thank you for the kind review :)

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vmp0514 Feb 19 2013 replied:

Thanks for taking the time to send the game and for reading the review. :)

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cyber-trance Feb 13 2013 says:

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

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POStudios Feb 13 2013 replied:

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

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SirPrimalform Feb 13 2013 replied:

What about Desura?

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POStudios Feb 14 2013 replied:

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

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kalirion Feb 15 2013 replied:

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

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commodore256 Feb 12 2013 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.

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POStudios Feb 13 2013 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.

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bruter Feb 12 2013 says:

in spanish

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Akien Feb 12 2013 says:

Is a Linux port considered? That would be an incentive :)

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Feb 12 2013 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.

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Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman
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