Thursday, 28 February 2013

Reach Into the Past to Catch a Killer: Cognition Adventure Game Series Debuts Today for iPad

SAN JOSE, Calif. - February 28, 2013 - Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, a supernatural adventure game series from indie developer Phoenix Online Studios, debuts today for iPad with Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman. This gripping psychological thriller can be downloaded from the App Store for the sale price of $3.99, a 20% savings off its regular $4.99 price:
Erica Reed is no ordinary FBI agent. She has a secret weapon when it comes to tracking a killer, an uncanny sixth sense that reveals flashes of the past so she can piece together how a crime went down. She's also grieving a devastating loss: the murder of her brother Scott, whom she tried and failed to save. Now a serial killer loose in Boston is leaving clues that only Erica, with her odd intuition, can decipher. As she struggles to control her increasingly erratic and frightening visions, how many more people must die before she can bring the killer to justice?
Each Cognition episode is a self-contained investigation into a unique serial killer that also advances Erica's story and brings her closer to avenging Scott's murder. With traditional "point and click" gameplay, stylized graphic novel artwork and cutscenes, and an intuitive interface optimized for iPad, this modern adventure is a must-have for fans of mystery games like Gabriel Knight, interactive narratives like Heavy Rain or The Walking Dead: The Game, supernatural serials like TV's FringeCSI-style crime dramas, or all of the above.
Phoenix Online Studios, the independent team behind Cognition, are lifelong adventure fans who got their start with the ambitious King's Quest spin-off The Silver LiningCognition also bears the mark of veteran adventure game designer Jane Jensen (creator of Gabriel KnightGray Matter, and the upcomingMoebius), who is serving as a story consultant on the series.
In addition to today's iPad release, two episodes of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller are available so far for PC and Mac. To learn more about the series, visit the official website at
About Phoenix Online Studios
Phoenix Online Studios is a game development company dedicated to making compelling, cutting-edge, and generally awesome adventure games. Established in 2004, Phoenix began as a group of King's Questfans from around the world that came together to create an unofficial sequel to the series. The resulting project, The Silver Lining, earned widespread community support and withstood two cease-and-desist orders to become one of the most ambitious fan projects ever made. After completing four Silver Liningepisodes, the team shifted their focus to commercial projects with Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller.Cognition debuted in October 2012 and is currently releasing episodically for PC, Mac, and iPad. More information about Phoenix Online Studios can be found on the company's website,
About Jane Jensen
Jane Jensen is an internationally renowned writer and game designer with 20 years of experience in the game industry. Her Gabriel Knight adventure games, developed at Sierra On-Line in the 1990s, won numerous awards and continue to be fan favorites. In 2003, Jane co-founded Oberon Media and went on to design best-selling casual games such as Deadtime StoriesWomen's Murder Club, and Dying for Daylight. Her newest adventure game, Gray Matter, came out in November 2010. In 2012 she launched her own game studio, Pinkerton Road ( She is currently working on two adventure games while also serving as story consultant on Phoenix Online Studios' episodic seriesCognition: An Erica Reed Thriller.

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