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Posted by Dave Seaman on Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Twain Harte, CA – October 30, 2012 – Reverb Publishing and developer Phoenix Online Studios are pleased to announce that the first episode of their mystery adventure, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, is now available for download on Rain Digital Games (, worldwide except Europe), GamersGate (, worldwide), and GameStop(, worldwide except Europe). Additionally, players who would like to see the game up on Valve’s Steam platform can vote for it on Steam Greenlight (

The first episode of a four episode arch, “The Hangman” is now available for download for $9.99. A Season Pass, which includes all four episodes as they are released and an exclusive digital comic is also available for $29.99.
“I absolutely love point-and-click adventure titles, and what Phoenix Online has done with Cognition is nothing short of amazing,” said Balazs Horvath, executive producer with Reverb Publishing. “From the different ways to investigate crime scenes, to the dark and moody set pieces and the tense and foreboding soundtrack, gamers will have a thrill ride trying to solve Cognition.”

From Phoenix Online Studios, the acclaimed developer behind The Silver Lining, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is an engrossing narrative with a 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. With the use of her post-cognition abilities – seeing an object’s past with a touch – players are challenged to unravel a complex tableau of characters, plots, and puzzles over the course of four episodes. A talented cast of voice actors, breathtaking hand-drawn art, an all-star development team (artist Romano Molenaar and story consultant Jane Jensen) and branching puzzles that have several different ways to be completed, Cognition is an unforgettable adven ture game experience.

To view a trailer, stills, and concept art, visit the Cognition site here. Review and vote for Cognition on Steam Greenlight here.

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is a part of Reverb Publishing’s growing roster of titles, which includes the massively-successful Dungeon Defenders, the recently launched RavagedRocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken and Primal Carnage, as well as the upcoming Edge of SpaceBlack Knight SwordSanctum 2 and much more. For more information on Reverb Publishing and its line-up of titles, please visit us at, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Launched in 2010, Reverb Publishing offers digital publishing to independent game developers on PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE Arcade, PC, iOS and Android, combining production and business development support paired with the proven public relations and marketing agency expertise from its parent company, Reverb Communications. Reverb Publishing’s unique business model is form fitted for studios, ensuring that they receive the majority of the game’s revenue and maintain ownership of their titles while Reverb handles all the non-developmental tasks including production support, navigating QA, and preparing for product submission.

The PR veterans at Reverb Communications have worked on recognizable brands like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, The Beatles: Rock Band, Dance Central, Star Trek Online, as well as stellar digital titles like Battle Slots, Army of Darkness, BloodRayne: Betrayal, Kung Fu LIVE and the critically-acclaimed Dungeon Defenders.

For more information about Reverb Publishing, please visit

Phoenix Online Studios is a game development company dedicated to making engaging, compelling, cutting edge and generally awesome adventure games. With a devoted team of individuals from all over the globe, Phoenix Online Studios is a passionate developer in pursuit of creating engaging games with strong characters and intriguing storylines. Their upcoming game, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is one of the most anticipated adventure games of 2012. They are also the creators of The Silver Lining, a non-commercial game based on and inspired by the King's Quest series.

For more information about Phoenix Online Studios, visit

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