After a tragic accident, neurobiologist Dr. David Styles has become a recluse, rarely leaving his home, the Dread Hill House. One day, Samantha Everett, a street magician, appears at Dr. Style's doorstep just as he is seeking a new assistant.
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Release Date: Apr 1, 2014

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“This is a gorgeous game and certainly among the best looking in the genre. Lots of beautiful locations and well-designed characters.”
7.5/10 – IGN

“Overall, this is an exceptional game that will grab hold of your senses while you play and put you in a state of immersion that few games can match, much like the very best of its spiritual predecessors.”
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After a tragic accident, neurobiologist Dr. David Styles has become a recluse, rarely leaving his home, the Dread Hill House. One day, Samantha Everett, a street magician, appears at Dr. Style's doorstep just as he is seeking a new assistant.

Samantha's first task is to find six people to form “The Lamb's Club” of human guinea pigs for Dr. Style's tests at Oxford University. The experiment starts off innocently enough, but then a chain of inexplicable incidents begin to occur, one after another.

Are these experiments as innocent as they appear? What is the true aim of Dr. Styles' research? What secrets are waiting to cross over from the other side?

In Gray Matter, legendary game author Jane Jensen (creator of the Gabriel Knight series) tackles questions concerning the nature of reality and the power of the human mind in a mystery adventure that comprises 8 massive chapters. Jensen combines the elements of science and the supernatural, together with her acclaimed emphasis on character and story to create an unprecedented paranormal experience that will keep you riveted until the very end.


  • From legendary game author, Jane Jensen, GRAY MATTER combines the elements of science and the supernatural, together with character and story to create an unprecedented paranormal experience.
  • A dark story told in the gothic novel style in eight epic chapters
  • Play as Dr. Styles and Samantha
  • Innovative gameplay that combines science and the supernatural

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatible 256 MB Graphics Card with Shader 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
2160p (4k UHD) review:
Hardware cursor doesn't seem to work. The real mouse cursor is invisible, but I have a visible mouse cursor on screen that doesn't move. The settings screen let's me choose 2160p, but that resolution is broken. Mouse cursor is very tiny and the top menu seems to be hard coded to a lower resolution. It disappears when I move the cursor more than half-way down the inventory images. Also, it seems the game is not very well optimized as I only get around 30 fps even though there's not much 3D graphics.

I will update this review if the situation changes.
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94 of 99 people (95%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
One of the best adventure games i have played, and I’ve played a lot of them.

The story is really great and keeps you playing. Characters are deep and well though-out.

The Music is phenomenal, very climatic and gives really a lot to the game. One of the best soundtracks I’ve listened to.

If you like old-school adventure games this is your jam (and who am I kidding. If you like the genre you probably played it a ton already)
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62 of 66 people (94%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
This adventure game signed the legendary Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight series) was Jane's first since parting ways with Sierra. It had a long and troubled development over many years but the end result is VERY good. And now it's finally avalible on Steam.

Weaving one of her signature stories that blends the paranormal with the contemporary, in this case neurobiology and the unused potential in the human mind. When street magician Samantha "Sam" Everett gets waylaid by a broken motorcycle on her way to London and in need of shelter and money decides to pose as the new assisstant for the reclusive neurobiology researcher Dr. David Styles in his gothic mansion outside Oxford. Pretty soon strange events are afoot and you play as both Samantha and Dr. Styles to try and get to the bottom of it.

The game offers interesting puzzles of varying difficulty, especially when Sam has to use her street magic to manipulate people and objects to progress. The soundtrack by Robert Holmes is gothic and hauntingly beautiful, especially the songs by The Scarlet Furies. They really helps to set the mood of the story.

If adventure games and good stories are your thing, this one is an instant buy. I don't think you'll regret it.
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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Brightened eyes, my secrets lie not far away
His medals and his badges are all dull by day
Many have I an answered plea, my general now I'll often see
He comes at dawn, out on the lawn, in quiet steps
With darkened eyes and wounds that bled, have pillow for his weary head
He lays his body down to rest, among the dogs and gathered nest*

During the earlier years of my adventure gaming career, I had the chance of playing Gabriel Knight series; a masterpiece of the adventure genre. I was stunned by the narrative quality, atmosphere design and character depth; yearning for more as it comes. Sadly, after the third game, there was radio silence from the creator of Gabriel: Jane Jensen, the novelist and game designer extraordinaire. After years of suffering that silence, Jane Jensen returns to create Gray Matter, a wondrous stand-alone adventure game with a captivating world of its own: a modern folktale.

During a hellish storm in the middle of the night, riding on an old motorbike towards London, we meet Samantha Everett. She is a brilliant young woman who's been on the road for quite a while, travelling the cities of Old World, collecting tricks and illusions, aspiring to become a great magician one day. As the fickle finger of fate turns the road sign during the storm, Samantha ends in Dread Hill House, an old mansion that resides on the south of Thames Valley, Oxford. The accursed bike gets busted, and without much hope for any other shelter for the night, Samantha rings the doorbell and introduces herself as the new "assistant" that Dr. David Styles, world renowned neurobiologist and the master of the household's been expecting for. From that point onwards Samantha will find herself in a web of mystery, distrust and intrigue, building lies big and small to protect David, as David will become frustratingly trapped within the events of old that's been haunting him. Is there a light at the end of this tunnel for them?

Gray Matter is a story of mystery with incredible character design and story depth, melting science and magic within the same pot as an expertise of Jane Jensen. There is a vague two-ways transition between the real and the illusory in the tale, making you question what would be mere trickery, what would be rationally explainable and what would be... actual magic, perhaps. Such masquerade is the direct subtext of the name of the game, aside a component of the central nervous system if you ask me. We have no idea what it is, or better: we have many ideas without solid answers. Such is the beauty settled in this mystery.

The display of anecdotes borrowed from folktales and mythologies of the world brought together to present a lovely environment design, illustrated with a selection of haughtily beautiful artwork. The places reimagined within the game carry real life ties and authenticity, bringing in wondrous historical details to your attention in every turn. Characters are unique, charming and quirky in their own way - and with marvelous voice acting, I must say - making you warm up to them faster than you'd realize. At the end of the first chapter, I guarantee that you'll get captivated by the story, the design and characters, pushing yourself to see more of them.

The gameplay is basically your old school adventure. You explore the environment and interact with people, locations and items. But I must warn you: there is no hand holding. You will encounter riddles, puzzles and logic tricks, expecting you to think outside of the box. When you are playing this game, keep in mind the kind of relative reality used in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. The simplest answer, hidden behind a heavy curtain of misdirection will always be your friend. As Sam being a magician, you will sometimes be expected to pull of magic tricks to bend the events towards your favor. For that purpose, you'll be given a magic interface for you to plan the steps of your trick. You will also be given the opportunity to play as David from time to time, learning more about him as you play. The map is fully interactive with action indicators and there are also some bonus actions you may take in each chapter to reveal a bit more as you play.

Gray Matter is an adventure game done right: challenging, intriguing, empathic and immersive. My only complaint would be that there are no Steam achievements yet. But there really is a suitable substructure of the game for achievements already, so I hope we can see them here around one of these days. This is a hidden gem that both adventure gamers, and anyone with an appreciation for either art or narrative building would love.

Because he's safe in arms now, what luck have I that I should see
Safe in arms now, my bloody boy returned to me
From Jericho back home to me...*

*Lyrics by The Scarlet Furies - Safe In Arms, from Gray Matter the Game soundtrack

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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
100.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
Recommended for anyone who likes adventure games for their story, settings, and characters. If you're a fan of magic (as in magic tricks), then this is also a special treat.

This title is made by Jane Jensen of Gabriel Knight fame from the "golden age" of adventure games. As far as writing a compelling adventure game, she knows what's doing.

Technically, there are some issues, and lack of polish in places reflects the limited development budget. But all this is forgivable, I think.

Mentioned in the description, but not shown in the screenshots (probably rightfully so, to avoid spoilers), the chapters actually alternate between two playable characters. This ability to play "two sides" of the story is a major feature of Gray Matter.

This isn't a puzzle oriented game. You won't be stuck hunting pixels. Progress is mostly straightforward. Each chapter has several main tasks you need to accomplish that are sometimes dependent, but sometimes allow you to explore in an order of your choosing. Note that sometimes the game expects you to arrive at a particular location to progress (this confused me twice).

Be warned that the game starts off somewhat slowly in the first few chapters, but gradually picks up pace. Stick with it until at least the third chapter before deciding to give it up.
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Cerebral challenges with a spunky protagonist

The Good:
* Locations are exquisitely drawn
* Decent but sometimes underwhelming voice acting
* Good inventory system that does take getting used to
* Performing magic is a neat idea
* Story is a slow burn but worth sticking with
* Progress indicators on map really helps
* Characters feel real and act/react realistically

The Bad:
* Pace is really slow, don't expect Monkey Island progress
* The magic & other interfaces are clunky and confusing
* The talking head models are oddly unsettling
* The sheer amount of locations and options can overwhelm
* Characters often don't look like they are in the scene
* Some dialogue is unskipable
* Serious bug in chapter 6, requires you save often
* Conclusion is unsurprising if you've paid attention

Background: Seen it come up in bundles, finally scored a copy. Completed the game (12 hours).

Impressions: An innovative twist on the PnC genre with a compelling character, ideas and a decent paranormal mystery story. Clunky interface choices that make it hard to know how to interact and perform tricks. I enjoyed the game and liked the artwork which reminded me of J.M. Linsner at times. The plot is a slow burn that demands patience but is rewarding as you progress. It's hard to recommend for everyone as it's target audience is somewhat narrow but what it goes for it mostly achieves.

Recommended for: Paranormal fantasy book readers and those with patience and in for the longhaul.

Conclusion: 7/10. A very solid and rewarding effort thats not everyone will love.
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2014

+ modern point and click adventure game, with nice presentation and incredible soundrack
+ fantastic writing, great dialogues and good voice acting, very deep , dark at times mystery story about neurobiology and the possibilities of the brain as well as magic
+ likable protagonist, great npcs, dr.styler a very well thought character with dark secrets
+ classic point and click gameplay, with the interesting addition of magic, where you have to play a sort of mini game when using magic according to each cirmstance, you have to read the manual (ingame manual) and experiment a lot in this department, it can become frustrating at times, but also very satisfying when you figure out how to use it
+ excellent score system where you track your progress in each chapter

- a bit stiff animations

+/- pressing space reveals all hotspots in a scene, they could skip that since it ruins the exploration, some casual players might find it very usefull though, since the game can become difficult at times

have played it retail and finished it once, now i repeat it on steam, it's imo one of the greatest modern adventure games and i recommend it to all adventure gamers on steam.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2015
Now where do I begin this review... I personally very much like this game.

- Interesting character development
- Engaging story
- Good voice acting
- Gorgeous ambient soundtrack
- Beautiful environment models
- Interesting but not so hard puzzle

- Puzzles and storyline are not so related to each other. You have to go one place to another, back and forth to find a small piece of cutscenes or dialogs. Since this game is slow paced, most of the time you just walk, walk and walk.

Fans of adventure games please be sure to grab this game.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2015
This game has been an absolute delight to play. I must say I am a fan of the adventure-type, point-and-click and puzzle genre, but this one has blown me away. The story is gripping and very immersive, the characters are well thought out and the magic tricks Sam can do to distract people are just brilliant. I started playing and couldn't stop after that and finished the game in one go (depriving me of sleep, but so worth it!).

If you are a fan of the puzzle/point-and-click/adventure game, this is a definite must-have.
I really hope they will make a sequel to this game.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Strange things are happening in Oxford, England. Someone appears to be playing dangerous pranks on people but witnesses are baffled as to how they are done and nobody knows who the culprit is. You play as Samantha Everett, a skeptical magician who has decided to get to the bottom of it. Also trying to solve the mystery is Dr. David Styles, a reclusive neuroscientist who is conducting experiments on psychic phenomena.

The story is well-written and I got hooked in early. I managed to complete the game's 8 chapters within a few days, which is quite rare for me when it comes to point-and-click adventure games. Though I'm not surprised since the story was written by Jane Jensen, the same writer for the 90s Gabriel Knight adventure games.

The game features lovely pre-rendered artwork (very wallpaper worthy). In fact I loved discovering new locations just to see what pretty artwork the game's artists had created.

The soundtrack was composed by Robert Holmes, the same composer for the Gabriel Knight games, and it really helped immerse me into the the gothic environments within the game.

I'd recommend this game to fans of point-and-click adventure games, especially those who enjoyed the earlier Gabriel Knight games.

One thing to note is that you need to Restart your PC if you're using Windows 8+ after installing. Otherwise the game will not be installed properly and run very, very slowly!
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12.9 hrs
Posted: October 23
This game was a lot of fun. The story was interesting and engaging throughout. Also the puzzles were fairly obvious with only a few times that I forgot to backtrack to the correct spot to finish the chapter.

The music and sound quality of the game were very top-notch. At times the main character's voice actress was a little flat but the rest of the characters were engaging and all felt like real people that were involved in these situations.
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21.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
I love adventure point and click games. When I bought this game, I downloaded it and I crossed my fingers that I would be able to play it on my older computer with a GeForce 9500 GS 512 MB graphics card. After several attempts and adjustments in the games settings (I turned the resolution down a bit and a adjusted a few other settings so the character wouldn't move so dreadfully slow and I double-clicked where I was going that helped speed up most of those walks) and tried over and over until I had the settings just right and I was able to start my adventure! Yay!

This game is truly a gem. This mystery story is well written, the characters voice acting was spot on, the music is relaxing and games and puzzles were fun. I had to use walkthroughs to get through some of the trickier puzzles. You have to use and learn the magic book and go shopping at the magic shop for items to solve some puzzles, and yes, it required some reading and lots of talking with other characters, but that is half the fun in these types of adventure games.

There is a map, diary, the magic book and lots of inventory to play with. I love this game and I totally recommend it! I hope you will like it too!
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14.2 hrs
Posted: October 9
I went into Gray Matter expecting an 'alright' point-and-click adventure with decent puzzles and mechanics; what I got instead was an incredibly well written storytelling experience, albeit with gameplay one would still deem 'alright'. The atmosphere created was very mysterious, with heavy dashes of both gothic and paranormal sensibilities, so fans of those conventions should be quite pleased with the presentation. Because the genre of the game is point-and-click, one shouldn't go in expecting heavy action- although there were some great build ups to dramatic revelations, and tension in the style of a true tale of mystery, which keeps the player hooked until the end.

+ Quality narrative with an interesting mix of characters
+ Excellent voice acting and attention to detail
+ Puzzles in my opinion not overly difficult or easy, but might require a glance or two at a guide
+ In-game graphics were okay, but the cutscene/hand-drawn art were quite nice
+ Great Soundtrack, both ambient and vocalized
+ Samantha Everett and David Styles as dual protagonists were well developed and had intriguing interactions with both each other & side characters
+ You learn a little something about magic tricks and neurology. Think about the last time this happened in a game you played!

- Certain areas of the game experienced a HUGE degree of slow down (Ie. Christ Church Exterior)
- No where does it mention (from what I recall?) that you can double click on an area to have the character you are controlling JOG to the spot instead of casually strolling
- Subjectively there was some potential wasted with regards to character development, and the "building up" so to speak did not always feel like it flowed smoothly
- The ending felt a bit abrupt, and again there was a lot of stuff from the story which could have been wrapped up in a more complete manner. Was hoping for a more detailed epilogue due to all the time and effort invested in developing the cast, but alas many questions went unanswered

8.5 out of 10

If you're looking for a slower paced game with a page-turner of a story, and either don't mind or enjoy point-and-click mechanics, "Gray Matter" is the game for you.
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12.9 hrs
Posted: October 7
I really enjoyed this game and can't say enough good things: great story, characters, puzzles, mood, voice acting, locations...what more could you ask for?! If you liked Gabriel Knight then definitely play this, it's by the same author. Sam and David are great characters, well written, and I was very fond of them by the end! Very likeable heroine. Some fanastic puzzles in this, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the cut scenes, with the cool 2d comic-style art which was very evocative. I want to wipe my memory and discover it again - 5 stars from me!
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21.9 hrs
Posted: September 16
Excellent game, if you like point-and-click games, don't miss this!
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9.6 hrs
Posted: September 15
I really enjoyed it.
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11.6 hrs
Posted: September 15
Awesome game! Interesting story line. Well developed characters. Great music and artwork.

There were some compatibility issues that made the game go really slow. But I found that by simply restarting the computer before playing, or by playing in Windows XP compatibility mode; the game worked fine =)

If you like point and click adventures, you'll love this one =)
Most of the puzzles/clues where easy enough to follow by myself. I had to get help from the internet a few times, but most times I got stuck it would turn out I hadn't finished all conversation options with a character or something. Only puzzle that really had me stumped was the club maze near the end.

If there was a sequel to this, I would buy it instantly =D
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Magdalena Black
23.8 hrs
Posted: September 14
I have played this twice thru and have to say that I really loved it! I would buy Grey Matter 2. IF they ever come out with one. The story, characters, the details. I really enjoyed it. It can also be a bit challenging. Not one boring moment.
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12.0 hrs
Posted: September 6
This game was suprisingly good. It have an excellent story which is better than any movie in cinema nowadays. The puzzles are quite tough but you can get over it eventually. Excellent game overall.
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