Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman
By Phoenix Online Studios
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Take on the role of Erica Reed, a Boston FBI agent with the power to see the past, in this intense adventure game as she follows the trail of four different serial killers, and a series of clues left for someone with her specific ability. Who's leaving the clues? How do they know her secret, and what do they want from her?
Find out what the fate of Erica's brother is in the exciting first episode entitled: The Hangman. Get Erica's power under control as you go face to face against a dark serial killer as Erica risks her own life to uncover the mystery behind The Hangman!
Developed by a true "indie dream team," the line-up includes comics artist Romano Molenaar (Batman, Witchblade, Tomb Raider, X-Men) as Art Director and renowned adventure game designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter, and the upcoming Moebius) lending her expertise as Story Consultant.
Game also includes options for German and Italian subtitles and interface.
Clever game hampered by bugs
This game could have been great. It had a clever, challenging, complicated storyline. But I encountered so many problems that I ended up having to search forums to solve problems -- not something most users would want to do. One of the solutions was to set the graphics quality very low. And still, the game was clunky. Characters walked through furniture, for instance, among other problems. Moving characters around was quite difficult as well. Minus those problems, I would have given the game five stars -- for its many twists and plot turns. It takes a very committed player to get through this game. If you're ready to wade through a slow, clunky game with poor graphics, buy it. If not, avoid it. I hope the game maker releases a better version, because the story was great.
Interesting, but rough around the edges
Just started playing the game last night, so this is not a full review.
Plusses so far:
— Strong female protagonist
— Nice artwork
— Decent mystery/thriller atmosphere (think 90’s detective films like SE7EN, Jennifer 8)
— Puzzles are a bit too straightforward, but still fun
— interface is easy to navigate/grok
— wonky voice acting. The main character sounds like a Boston thug, and over-emotes constantly.
— Script is a bit juvenile. It feels like “adult” dialog scribed by an adolescent (e.g., F-bombs galore).
— Near-constant spinner is a bit distracting.
— Like above, puzzles might be a bit too straightforward for the experienced adventurer.
Overall I’m enjoying it, but it hasn’t compelled me to check out other entries in the series.
Loading tends to lag at points (I especially noticed this issue on the map screen) and there are times when the main character would walk through furniture and get stuck when prompted to walk. However, if you can look past these bugs, then I think the plot is compelling enough to keep you engaged.