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: Very Positive (170 reviews)
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”
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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
    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
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Detective Grimoire is a delight; it's a perfect game for fans of point and click adventure games with a mystery slant.

Pros:
- Colourful, wonderful animation style.
- Quirky and interesting characters.
- Clean and easy to understand UI.
- Clues and notes were easy to access and read.
- GREAT voice acting and dialog. Genuinely funny at times.
- I loved being able to click on a map to quickly travel around the game area.
- Fantastic music and sound.
- Super fun system of deduction.

Cons:
- Few puzzles.
- Puzzles were extremely easy.
- The challenge system was a bit tedious. If you answer a question incorrectly you have to repeat it all over again.
- Short! I'm excited for a sequel :D
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The art and characters are really quirky and cute. I loved the music and voice acting was really cool. No complaints with the production. Some elements of it reminded me of Ace Attorney / Professor Layton. Really hard to find games with that gameplay style so I appreciate the idea of making Detective Grimoire in somewhat the same style.

However, in terms of difficulty (for me), there's little to no challenge in the puzzles and most point and click tasks are obvious. The /storytelling and narration/ was great but the storyline is very linear, weak and somewhat boring.

I /do not/ recommend buying this game if you're looking for a challenge or a complicated storyline. Also if you're into spending hours trying to solve mysteries, this game is too short for that.

I /do/ recommend it if
1.) You know a younger child or audience who might be interested in the genre. It seems to be more of a game targetted for a younger audience.
2.) f you're looking for a quickfix, detective game and a artstyle to immerse yourself in for 1-2 hours.

Overall, I recommend this game for its art direction and production quality.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It may be short, and it may be simple but darn if it isn't a remarkably likable and fun point and click murder mystery. I did enjoy the seemingly "H.P. Lovecraft made an E for Everyone game" vibe this game has.

Will you play it for hours on end? No.

Will you enjoy every minute you play? Yes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Charming little detective adventure that does a lot of things right. You're Detective Grimoire, a laidback, mildly sarcastic sleuth sent to investigate a death on a secluded swamp getaway. The gameplay area consists of less than twenty different locations around the bayou, but is stuffed full of memorable characters to converse with and lots of clues to discover.

Detective Grimoire has obviously been designed for tablets, but the game transcends its origins simply by not dumbing down stuff needlessly. Sure, the game is not terribly hard since its designed for people of all ages to enjoy, but you do need to use your brain to actually make conclusions based on the evidence you're presented with. For the most part, it feels like you're doing real detective work instead of just solving random puzzles.

Production values are high as well, with fitting music, good writing, marvelous voicework and a rather unique, painterly graphics style that reminds me a bit of Day of the Tentacle. Overall, everything fits together really well, and it's maybe even a bit hard to fully appreciate the game because of how completely slick it is. If you have even a slight interest in adventure games, check this one out - You'll probably walk away with a warm fuzzy feeling after a couple of hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Fun little game, only takes a couple hours to get 100% on everything, but it's fun to go back and play parts of again, just to relive dialogue. Voice acting and animation is good, too. Got it on sale for $4, worth the price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
It's a very enjoyable, albeit short, adventure with its own charm while also being reminiscent of games like the Professor Layton (there's even a reference to the good Professor in there) and the Ace Attorney games. If you're a fan of either and want something to tide you over until there's a new game, you can't go wrong with Detective Grimoire, especailly at the $7 price point (or cheaper, if you catch it on sale).

I'd love to see this team get a bigger budget with their next game, as I believe they could reach the heights of the aforementioned games if they had more to work with. I would also love to see more intricate puzzles, as the ones seen here can be solved pretty easily and quickly, and are few and far between.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This is an absolutely great mystery game, and very reasonable for the price. The visuals are absolutely fantastic, the writing is pretty great, the voice acting is solid (and features a few voices you may recognize), the mystery is good, with several decent twists, and above all, it's genuinely fun to play. Perhaps not one of the more taxing mystery games out there, but definitely worth a go. The sequel can't come quickly enough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Really a lovely game. Nice story, nice characters, and it's very rare to get stuck and never happens to be forced to do something illogical. It's quite short, but that's completely ok if you are looking for a game that doesn't ask you for tens of hours of play in order to get to the end.
One small tip: even when the game directs you to get back to the entrance to finally solve the case, do so only once you've uncovered all the tips. It makes quite more sense then that you can get certain conclusions (especially about who the culprit is!!) rather than getting in there with just the bare minimum of the hints.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This game is quite well done. Even though it only took me half an hour to play through, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It reminded me of a story book from way back when I was a child, and, even though the story is not the most amazing, it is still suitable for a game with this kind of art. The art aesthetic and sound track really make this game, and for seven bucks, I would definitly recommend it to anyone looking for a story book reminiscent game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
The game is OK and good for having been selected by Greenlight indies but lacks challenge.
“To Be Continued” is at the end of the episode but there is no update guaranteed.
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Pros:
Water painting cartoon style of art;

Intuitive control(Point & Click);

Simple English, no fancy detective/law words;

VC (Voice Character) featuring Amber Lee Connors as “Sally Spears”, the woman by the souvenir store. Really seductive, not gonna lie :P

Cons:
Too short, 2hrs to complete and 3hrs for collecting & full achievements;

Plot is captivating but flawed which the flowers were not being chosen as evidence which, the pedals out of place, showing the whereabouts of the suspect.;

Having no stamina system (the one in Ace Attorney) means you can inquire the suspect over and over again. No sense of failure guaranteed, I promise;

The end of the case completed in a hurry, just linear assumptions and proof giving, not systematic analysis.

Cutscene animation is in LOW resolution, a pity.
Music (or tracks) only 4or5 tracks playing repeatedly;

Quote Grimoire: “It’s a fork in the road. How ‘non-linear’. “The game just does the opposite.
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Detective Grimoire is a beautifully illustrated game full of funny dialogue and charming characters.

HOWEVER, the game was just way too easy to be fun. The puzzles and challenges were mind-numbingly simple, like Highlights Magazine simple. The dialogue choices didn't impact the game progression, and you basically know who the killer is as soon as you meet him/her. There were too many hints littered throughout and the inclusion of the precocious little girl character was utterly pointless.

I think this would be a great game for a young child (or parent and child to play together), but not for anyone high school aged or up.
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Anyone who has played an Ace Attorney game will probably agree that the investigations are the weakest part. This game is almost completely investigating, yet it's better here. In Detective Grimoire, you investigate a murder. You examine the area to find clues, speak with witnesses/suspects, and solve some simple puzzles. Grimoire himself is entertaining to listen to, and most of the other characters get good voice actors. The one thing that I'd like to see changed about this game is the interrogation scenes. These are the moments where you're supposed to confront the witness with evidence about what they're hiding from you. It needs to have some challenge. If you have the correct evidence, then you probably know what to present already. You should be forced to consider what the evidence has in relation to this witness. Overall though, this was a nice experience. I'd gladly purchase the sequel that this game kind of builds up to. 8/10
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Very short game, but worth the price even if it's not on sale. The game design itself is beautiful and the cast of quirky and interesting characters make the story even more interesting. The voice acting is really great to listen to as well and while you may not be playing the game for hours on end, it's definitely one that you could easily revisit every once in a while to play again.
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3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Wonderful graphics. Well written storyline.

It just won't let you stop 'til you solve it. Like drugs. Good drugs.
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3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Beautiful and fun point and click mystery game. The art style and animation are great as well as sound design. The puzzles are on the easy side and the game is kind of short, but overall it is a fun game. I am definitely looking forward to the sequal.
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
it was really good even though it felt a bit easy i liked the game over all just wish it was harder hope a sequal comes out soon deffintly a good contender to other series like professor layton. i did love all the jokes a Grimoire was a really likeable charcter hopefully we get a longer game with more stories and sequals : )
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
It's a short, very to the point game with fluid and distinctively good looking animation. However, the cherry on the cake is without a doubt that this game has an after credits Revolver Ocelot style sequel hook.
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3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A short, but very entertaining adventure game. The puzzles aren't very hard and you can solve whole mystery in one evening. But still the game is still worth attention. It might have been one evening, nut it was filled with good music, amazing art style, good actors and well written dialouge. The game mechanics are entertaining and varied -- I haven't felt bored for a second.

Loved the last part, where you step by step recreate whole mystery, answering questions, showing clues, pointing at the murderer.

Designed with the touch screen in mind (which is good, but the whole 'tap' instead of 'click' is little irritating and no use for rigth mouse button -- which could be used for movement).

If you want to know if you like it, check demo on the internet.
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3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Quite a unique little point and click adventure game that has its own features, fun characters with cute dialogue and pretty enough artstyle to make it a precious enough little gem in my game library. Even if it's short it's still worth your time for a miniscule price of 7 euros.
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48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
8,5/10

+ 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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