Detective Grimoire has been called to investigate a murder. The owner of a small tourist attraction, found deep within the heart of the marshes, seemingly killed by the very mythical creature his attraction is based around...
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (549 reviews) - 96% of the 549 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 18, 2014

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December 7, 2015

Soundtrack Out Now! Free upgrade for all existing customers!

Hello everyone!

We've just released the soundtrack to Detective Grimoire as DLC to the main game! Our composer Raphael Benjamin Meyer did an amazing job, and his work really shines in the hands of the talented musicians he brought on board to play for us.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/421950/

We've also added a Soundtrack Edition which includes the game and the soundtrack DLC, at a slightly discounted price.

As a special thank you to everyone who already bought the game, we've upgraded you all to the Soundtrack Edition! If we hadn't, then the DLC would have had to be full price to all our early supporters, compared to the discounted bundle that new customers can get, and that just wouldn't be right.

We've also just released the soundtrack to our other game here on Steam, Haunt the House: Terrortown, also from our amazing composer Raphael Benjamin Meyer!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/421940/

We hope you enjoy them both!

Tom & Adam

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Reviews

“Detective Grimoire is a better detective game than the likes of, say, L.A. Noire [...] The designers knew what they wanted the game to be and ensure that nothing got in the way of it. As a result, it’s thoroughly enjoyable”
Indie Statik

“Definitely one of the better crime games I've played and it's a treat to experience”
8/10 – Pocket Gamer

“From the moment you set foot on the docks, Boggy’s Bog is engrossing, its characters alive and endearing”
4.5/5 – GameZebo

About This Game

Detective Grimoire has been called to investigate a murder. The owner of a small tourist attraction, found deep within the heart of the marshes, seemingly killed by the very mythical creature his attraction is based around... Explore the surrounding area, inspect the scene of the crime, grill the suspects, solve puzzles, search for clues and uncover the secret of the swamp!

Features
  • A mixture of investigating and puzzle gameplay, designed with mouse/touch in mind
  • Assemble Grimoire's thoughts to reach conclusions about the case
  • A fully voiced and animated cast of characters to interrogate
  • Beautiful digitally painted environments to explore
  • Award nominated original orchestral soundtrack

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbook class devices
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: On-board graphics
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Fedora Core 13, Ubuntu 10.10, openSUSE 11.3
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® III 1GHz or faster
    • Memory: 512 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
A loving homage to the Phoenix Wright games.

Features quality amateur voice acting, charming character animations and lovingly detailed backgrounds, as well as an original score all throughout.

Plenty of quaint little DS "touch-style" puzzles, none of which are difficult, but all of which add to a greater sense of character and individuality to the game, and increase immersion (even if the complexity of a couple of the locks requires some suspension of disbelief).

A short game, (I completed it 100% in just under 3 hours) easy enough in difficulty to walk through, but it's attraction lies in the fact that it is clearly a labor of love. Because of it's length, it resonates with well-honed polish.

Good clean fun.

My sincere thanks to Gorse for gifting me this game and making this review possible.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
A really fun and endearing little point & click that stands out for its narrative qualities. Unfortunately it is also very streamlined and easy, at least for anyone who has played the first game in the series and expects a bit of a sleuthing challenge.

Some history...
Detective Grimoire's first appearance was several years back in a free browser game that you should go and play right now if you haven't already. As a browser game it was unique, interesting, well made (for a free game) and its best selling point was that you were actually required to do some detective work: The game expected you to collect clues, solve puzzles, interrogate people with a fun little lie detecting mechanic, and actually stop, think and make some deductions on your own before you could accuse someone of the crime. It was perfectly possible to make mistakes if you didn't think things through and that was exactly what made the game really interesting.

...and some crushed expectations.
This is sadly not the case with its crowdfunded follow-up. You are asked to sit back and enjoy an easy ride, in which yes, you are interacting with the world and the story in interesting ways, but, no, you are not asked to do any real thinking of your own. And then when you have collected all the strands and are hyped about thinking through the mystery, the game will step in and hold your hand while it reveals its secrets. To me (with my previous high expectations) it felt dumbed down, and that was a disappointment.

The Good: Writing, Art, Animation, Soundtrack
That said, this is a really really good, if short, point & click. It is less the answer to the mystery at its core that makes it interesting and more the charming, intriguing characters whose motivations and backstories you're watching untangle. I have a special soft spot for well written dialogue and Detective Grimoire delivers that in spades, accompanied by fantastic voice acting that makes the characters come alive. Bonus points for a dialogue system that expects you to pay attention when interviewing suspects, allowing you to become even more immersed in the game world. In fact not only the characters but the whole "Boggy's Bog" you are walking around in feels alive, thanks to some adorable art and an atmospheric soundtrack. I thoroughly enjoyed the lovingly hand-painted backdrops and all the neat animation details.

The Mediocre: Gameplay, Puzzles
My own expectations aside, the gameplay is not bad per se. The fact that it is so streamlined may make the game feel too easy (for me), but one could claim that it also helps in allowing you to become engrossed in the game's story. Still, the puzzles are simplistic and many gameplay elements feel like a missed opportunity. For example, having a suspect screen where you can look through various facts that you have uncovered and tag them as suspicious or not suspicious but then never being allowed to use this mechanic in any meaningful way felt like a real let down. On the other hand, combining your clues into logical claims in order to open up new interrogation opportunities is a much better utilised mechanic, and thus becomes one of the most entertaining gameplay elements. All in all, there are many original ideas here, most of which were sadly not allowed to shine. So come to it expecting to interact with an interesting little mystery, but not to be a real agent of change in this world.

The endorsement
So there you have it. I was disappointed by this game, and yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is no denying its charm. It is a polished and very entertaining experience but it is also less than 3 hours long with no replayability, so gauge your preferred price tag accordingly. I experienced no technical problems, those elsewhere cited bugs seem to have been patched out. And for any achievement hunters amongst you, it is a really easy game to 100%. It gets a full thumbs up from me, it's a good little game despite its flaws and I have not regretted my purchase. But whatever you do, definitely do yourself a favour and go play it's free predecessor.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
Short and simple, but worth your time to play through. Artwork and voice acting is excellent, and the detective mechanics are a lot of fun.

There is an option to turn off hints early in the game. Do it or the game will be way way too easy.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
This game is fantastic.

Detective Grimoire is a point and click mystery adventure where you play a detective trying to solve a murder.

Story wise - 5/5 There is silly humor, enough twists to keep you guessing and a suprise ending.

Graphics - 5/5 for a point to click, it gave me just a little difficulty. The "sparkles" that normally show in an area wern't always obvious. Sometimes, they were non-exsistant. Animation was smooth, colors were pleasing to the eye.

Replayability - 0/5, honestly. It's a pretty short game, all achievements are available in one go-through. There is a "To be continued", so it might be possible to want to refresh on the story.

Price point: I purchased this for $1.74 on the Winter Sale. I do believe it's worth it's $6.99 price. The game left me with chuckles, a want to play more. I hadn't even realized how much time had past, I was so absorbed into the game and it's story. I like that a lot of it didn't make much sense to start with, it's almost as the main character figured it out at the same pace I did.

For a small point and click, this was well worth the price, on sale or not and to have in anyones library.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
Some of the best dialogue to be had in a point & click game. This is a port from smartphone games, but don't let that put you off. Detective Grimoire is quirky and a fun gaming experience. If the name doesn't give it away, you play as Detective Grimoire and with your wicked eyebrows you go around Boggy's Bog to solve the murder of the owner and curator of this swampy tourist attraction.

This isn't a hidden object game or even a point & click with a tonne of puzzles. There is an unique "thinking" game that pops up every now and then and interrogating suspects is quite fun using the case files and evidence you slowly collect. It's a good introduction game to anyone who hasn't really played the genre before, or for a younger audience to keep amused by during a long journey.

The art direction adds to the atmosphere and a rather underrated soundtrack tops it all off. Detective Grimoire will not disappoint if you want something light and engaging; without blaster guns and impossible tasks.
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