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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Akien Feb 12 2013, 3:02am says:

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

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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.

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Player_Review Feb 11 2013, 9:17pm says:

Bought during IGS feature... will there be Desura keys for us?

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E25mad25 Jan 20 2013, 5:35am says:

Love point and click :D is this for sale?

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POStudios Jan 20 2013, 1:24pm replied:

Yes, it is, you can buy either Episode 1 or the full season pass on our website.

Moreover, if the game gets greenlit we'll offer everyone who bought the game through our website a STEAM key

You can vote for our greenlight here:

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wolfcub210 Feb 12 2013, 11:45pm replied:

If I bought that season pass, I can get Desura keys and (highly possible) Steam keys, right?

I want to buy upgrade Season pass. Because, I already have EP1 from IndieGameStand.
So, can you provide Desura key for IGS customers, too?

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POStudios Feb 13 2013, 8:53am replied:

Also, if you already purchased the Episode 1, you'll want to check out the "Season Upgrade" bundle, which contains just Episodes 2-4. That one's intended for people who Ep 1 as a standalone.

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ArchmageRashak Feb 11 2013, 9:01pm replied:

If I buy that full season pass, will I get Desura keys for those episodes? Or do I get just the Steam keys?

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Feb 12 2013, 1:08am replied:

We can probably give you either one. Steam is once we come out in greenlight, of course.

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ArchmageRashak Feb 12 2013, 6:33am replied:

That's great! It's good to be able to choose which one I want.

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