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...
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Very Positive (51 reviews) - 96% of the 51 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (737 reviews) - 95% of the 737 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 18, 2014

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“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!

  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • 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
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Very Positive (51 reviews)
Overwhelmingly Positive (737 reviews)
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( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Simple and nice (fun and funny) game with nice simple graphics. I like the way it allows us to be a bit more flexible in investigating - showing items, funny choices, etc, compared to the investigation game (which are usually hidden item investigation games with some mini puzzles) I played so far.

Worth the try but overall, a very simple and short game and don't expect too much for the story as it is quite straight forward in my opinion.
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( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Very cute game!! I love the art style and wish it had been even longer! Only con is that the mystery was pretty easy to figure out.
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( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
not bad, not great. would recommend for casual point and click or for kids.
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( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Fabulous mystery and detective game done in a point-n-click adventure style.

As a detective you run around a small swamp observing the environment (which places items in your notebook), and asking people questions (which places them in the notebook, and fills in additional details in the notebook on items you've found). Then when you're talking to people, you ask them about about the items you found elsewhere and the other people you've met. A very cool idea and one I don't recall in another detective game.

The Good:
+ Good entertaining, humorous story and events.
+ Everything's narrated. Fabulous! And with good, and funny dialog to boot!
+ Great job at interrogating people. Once you learn more from someone else, you have to go back to people you've already talked to with more things to ask them. Very cool.
+ The puzzle where you articulate the detective's thought by forming a sentence using two objects/people was fabulous. (See game's 4th screenshot above with text "Boggy's Bog? Seems like the middle of nowhere..." for this in action.)
+ Lots of dialog. You can click on a lot of items and get a spoke response; whether examining a scene, or interrogating someone.

The OK:
~ Probably targeted to a slightly younger crowd? Only as it wasn't challenging as an adult, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
~ The art style isn't my favorite. A little to plain, or childish, perhaps? But that's just my opinion. Certainly not distracting, but maybe could have been more engaging or interesting if not such stylized or cartoony?

The Bad:
- Nothing really.

Overall: I had a fabulous near 3 hrs of entertaining detective work, and the detective portion I thought was exceptionally well done. 9 out of 10
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( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
I love this soundtrack. Fun game that isnt too difficult for younger players.
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( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
A fun, but very short game. Not much of a challange for seasoned point and clicker gamers, but still enjoyable and would make a great introdution for someone new to the genre. Managed to 100% the whole thing in under 2 hours. Hope the sequel they teased at the end will be longer.
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( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
I can't even express my dire need to play a sequel to this game. The experience I had when playing this game has yet to be rivaled by another mystery game on Steam. The effort that went into the production of this game is incredable! You almost feel like your in an interactive movie, on top of that the soundtrack is my favorite of any game on Steam. Would highly reccomend to anyone looking to kill a few hours and have fun doing so.

-Amazing Voice Acting
-Even Better Soundtrack
-Immersive Experience
-Quality Game
-Visuals are refreshing

-Gamplay and puzzles are to easy (It's meant to be a game for all ages)
-Story seems short
-Story is kind of genaric
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( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Overall, the game is very cool! The thing I liked the most is probably the designs of the characters. Oh man, I just fell in love with the style! And the voice actors did a very great job. The mechanics are pretty nice too. The only thing that I probably didn't like is that I expected a more complicated game full of twisted puzzles. Nevertheless, I had fun, altough I'm not sure if it's something I will play several times. Well, unless I would like to observe these wonderful designs, haha! I'd like more of these games, though.
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( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
I really enjoyed the game a lot! :)

It is fun and easy to play. It has an interesting story.

I will replay it for the achievements and evidence I somehow missed... also it was nowhere mentioned that you get an achievement for (un)checking the suspicious tags for the people/evidence.

I bought the game at a sale, I really recommend it :)
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( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Very highly recommend this game! It's short, but the aesthetics and the story more than make up for it. 9/10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
+Its Entertaining and fun.
+The Art is very Unique and Colorful.
+The Characters are drawn and voiced well.
+And Writing is sharp and Witty.

-But it doesnt seem to be something an adult person would enjoy as it lacks a certain level of depth and complexity for the Story and the Characters. You will get to feel this after playing a while.Click Click Click, new info,Click Click Click, new info. End Game. Story was Alright.

Overall 7/10, For the Writing and Unique Characters and Price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
An undoubtedly entertaining and impressive point & click mystery game! (Oh, I already miss the fun and adventure.)

The smart gameplay with tons of humor, leading-edge puzzles, gut-busting kind of narration with nifty voicing quality makes this game super-awesome (two thumbs up here!!!). All the characters are so adorable and the soundtracks are perfect especially for those lovers of mystification (whooaah!).

What I love the most about this game is that you’re playing as a detective (Detective Grimoire) who’s very keen in solving a murder case by a weird green creature (Boggy). The characters are like those in cartoon network due to its flamboyant style, environment, art, and graphics. Excellent interface! The puzzles are not that staggering and can be unlocked through common sense and comprehension as the game is progressing.

I would say that you should try this flashy game! As you meet various characters through playing the conundrum, clues and evidences will also be unveiled which will bring you up together the pieces and linking it with all that you’ve discovered to formulate judgment or conclusion. Sounds interesting, right? (Hehe!)

The only thing that I felt disappointed about is that the game was too short. I was expecting of a more story rich game especially with its great quality (waaaahh).

Overall, beautifully presented! I would surely RECOMMEND this game. It’s worth the play! Still waiting and hoping for its sequel and I might as well find and marry this indie developer (guy?! haha!). Seriously, one of my favorites!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game is a very good puzzle mystery game.
The puzzles are good,
The mystery is engaging.
Its a little pricey at its normal price but I got it on sale for 1.74
And it was well worth the money then.
Do yourself a favor, when it comes on sale, get it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
fun game, much better than i expected
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62 of 65 people (95%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014

+ nice presentation, great atmosphere, nice soundtrack, great voice acting, cool characters
+ gameplay wise, it's a mystery adventure game with point and click mechanics, where you are trying (as detective grimoire) to solve a murder case - what's really great is the way you progress, through dialogue with the various characters you meet, evidence and clues you collect mostly by playing mini games/puzzles and most of all by assembling and combining what you have learned so far to reach conclusions
+ interface is simple and intuitive, works great with mouse

- easy in general, if you follow the progress closely you will finish it fast (2-3 hours maybe)
- no replay value

really nice adventure/puzzle game, especially for this price it's highly recommended to everyone who enjoys a good mystery , waiting for more games from this indie developer
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41 of 42 people (98%) 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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32 of 32 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2015
A short, but fun adventure game.

The story is fairly interesting and the dialogues are fun to read, especially some of Grimoire’s snarky lines. And very good voice acting definitely adds to enjoyment!

Gameplay isn’t one bit challenging, but finding pieces of evidence, questioning suspects and piecing together what has happened is still fun if you are looking for a more relaxing gameplay. Puzzles could use more complexity, though, even for a casual game.

If you are looking for a short casual game to pass a few hours with, Detective Grimoire has my full recommendation!
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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2015
Quite a delightful adventure game about storybook detective and his quest to solve a murder perpetrated by a cartoon monster of all things. A must try for anyone who likes a game with a distinct personality and vibe.
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34 of 38 people (89%) 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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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Utterly gorgeous in every way. I played it through in one sitting because I just couldn't bear to leave it unfinished.

The mystery is solvable in around two hours, but the game doesnt seem too short; it's well planned and tightly executed resulting in a very dense, compact experience.

The art is beautiful, the voice acting and soundtrack are high quality and the storyline is captivating.

Definitely recommended and worth every penny.
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