Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
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Now that MLG is over (congrats to the champions!), and talk of politics can finally be pushed aside (hopefully), we can get back to talking about (drum roll)… games!

Have you heard of Erica Reed? Maybe yes? Maybe no? She was mentioned in a previous post from C + 2 during coverage at GDC 2012. Is she a real person? No. Is she a game character? Yes.

Still, who is she?

In the PC commercial, episodic game Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, Erica Reed is an FBI agent hunting down a serial killer who killed her brother years ago. While on the case she starts developing strange powers of post-cognition (which means: knowledge of a past event which could not have been learned or inferred by normal means). Therefore, when touching an object, she can see past events surrounding it that might help her solve her problems on her journey.



Developed by the creative team at Phoenix Online Studios (, Cognition is a point-and-click game that challenges the player into solving mysteries. Not everyone will have patience for this kind of series, but those who relish testing their minds should find the game interesting.

If you’ve watched television shows like Medium, Cold Case, or Dexter, perhaps even movies like Silence of the Lambs, or the first Saw film, Cognition has a similar feel, except it’s interactive. Decisions can affect outcomes, some good, some bad. Be prepared for the fact that the game doesn’t move fast, which is why a couple of gamers might not find it appealing. Keep in mind though, this is a game where there’s a story involved and certain clues must be found and gathered in order to proceed.

The narrative is told through various cinematics as well as 2D images akin to reading a comic book. There is voice acting and music that may or may not draw too much attention to players, but without them the game might be boring. As for action, there are moments where you must stop a foe from killing you; however, by using the point-and-click method with a dose of quick thinking and reacting, you can fight back.


If you have hours on hand, take pleasure in trying to solve mysteries and enjoy continuous storytelling in a game, you’ll find Cognition to be entertaining. And as you might have guessed already this one is not intended for the kids.

Are you ready to get to know more of Erica Reed and her quest?:

Episode 1 of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is available for purchase and download at this address.

Look for future episodes, which means more mystery and more crimes to solve along the way.


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