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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Release Date: Aug 18, 2014
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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!

  • 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
    • 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
    • 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
49 of 51 people (96%) 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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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
"I DONT GET IT WHY WOULD ANYONE COME HERE BY CHOICE ??" says Grimoire and i will tell you why you should ignore him and take a visit to the swamp,because its a fun place to explore and one game you wont regret visiting.
So of you go to explore the swamp and find out who (or what) killed Mr Remmington and in the process of doing so interveiw a who's who of suspects and ask questions that lead to other questions and challenges that will slowly lead you to the one and true murderer (be it human or something more sinister).
The game itself plays out in a true point and click style but doesnt bother with you having an inventory and therefore the need to mess about with items is done away with,now in a lot of games this would detract from what was the overall feeling of you being a detective but not here "OH NO".
The simplicity of the gameplay helps push the narrative along at a fair old pace and i for one found myself so hooked by the story and the overall feeling of the game that i carried on playing until i had finished and discovered exactally what was going on,and this is the games only flaw its length.
It is quite a short experience and thats a shame as i would have happily enjoyed playing for double the time and would have still sat there none stop until i had reached the ending to the game (which is both satisfying and one that even though i saw coming i really enjoyed),but at the price who can complain at whats on offer when its so entertaining and well put together.
Lets get to the meat and bones of the game now graphically the game is like a cartoon and the standard of the artwork is top notch,the music in game does grate a little at times but doesnt really outstay its welcome to the point of driving you mad (just grates ever so slightly) and the spoken dialogue in game is all delivered to perfection by the cast and even though some characters sound cheesy,thats how they are supposed to sound and it adds to the overall character of the game.
I really did like this game and hope that there will be a sequel (well it leaves it for one-NO SPOILERS JUST SAYING) but will you like the game ???
Well if you like a point and click game that isnt all "AARRGGHHHH I CANT WORK THIS OUT ITS JUST TO HARD" and a game that both entertains and makes you smile then yes you will enjoy this great well put together but short game,if you want a harder experience and something that has you saying "GOD THIS GAME IS HARD,BUT BY THE WILL OF ZEUS I WILL SOLVE IT" then i would look elsewhere as you will find this wander into the swamp a little to easy.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
The game is pretty awesome. Beautiful graphics, great voice acting, cool characters - you get sucked right in.
You will get through it in about two hours but those two hours are pretty great.
Looking forward to the next game
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
+ Cool characters
+ Intriguing plot
+ Interview system
+ Made me play through it in one sitting (has that 'one more time' feeling)

+/- Interface is a bit cluttered but can be adjusted in the Options menu

- Low quality cutscenes
- Short
- Puzzles are too simple
- Suspect too obvious
- Choosing wrong evidence lets you correct yourself and continue the interview while choosing a wrong question ends it entirely ?

[Rating: 71/100]
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Let's get one thing out of the way first: Detective Grimoire is not the bonafide Professor Layton clone some may have been hoping for. Though it shares a few similarities, and even references the top hat wearing puzzle solver at one point, where Layton focuses heavily on brain teasers and riddles Grimoire is a pure detective game; something akin to an elaborate game of Clue crossed with an adventure game. While I could see developer SFB Games losing some people at this point, Detective Grimoire is actually all the better off for straying away from Nintendo's franchise and carving its own original, highly enjoyable path for itself.

Set in a swamp located in the middle of nowhere, populated by suspicious individuals, and potentially home to a mysterious and brutal creature, a murder takes place. With little to go on, the police turn to Detective Grimoire (whose first name I never did find out), who arrives at the scene of the crime and begins to get to work putting the pieces together of just what occurred the night before.

And this is where you come in. When I said this was a pure detective game, I meant it quite fully, as the entire game is broken down to finding clues, questioning suspects, and gathering evidence to eventually track down the culprit. As a result, the actual gameplay is rather simple, and usually involves little more than asking suspect A about clue B to get clue C, and repeat this until you've exhausted what you can get out of who you're questioning.

It's a bit dull on paper, yes, but what kept me engaged throughout the 3 or so hour story was the brilliant writing, lively character, and dry humor and wit of Grimoire. There is a huge amount of personality in every character, every line of dialog delivered with some truly fantastic voice work leading you one step closer to the final reveal, and the vibrant and wonderfully animated art is just the character on top. The plot itself likely couldn't hold its own among most other whodunits, but the way everything is presented more than makes up for the occasionally straightforward narrative and kept me entertained and guessing right up to the very end.

Perhaps some will miss the puzzles or elaborate plot of other detective games, but I for one found Detective Grimoire's offbeat style, basic but enjoyable sleuthing, and buckets of personality one of the more uniquely enjoyable games I've played all year. It doesn't try to do a whole lot, but focuses its energy where it counts and makes my only real disappointment being there is not more of it. Thankfully, if what is hinted at after the credits becomes a reality we'll be seeing more of this detective soon, and that's definitely something to look forward to.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Unless you don't like casual adventures at all, there's nothing to dislike here. The presentation, voice acting, and script are all top-notch. The puzzles, however, are extraordinarily simple, as are 4 part "fill in the blanks" logic problems, which leads me to suggest that this game really should be of primary interest to children. That's not to say that adults can't enjoy it, but you should know going in that may be purchasing something that was meant more for pre-teens and younger. Still, it's a cute game and story and worth the effort. It's also a good one for parents to play with their children and beats the pants off the stories in most animated film features.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
I really enjoyed this detective puzzle solving game. The characters had great personality and voice acting was superb. The illustrations and environments are absolutely stunning. And of course .... BOGGY is awesome too!! =) Can't wait to see what the continuation will bring.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Detective Grimoire is a delight; it's a perfect game for fans of point and click adventure games with a mystery slant.

- 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.

- 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Detective Grimoire is probably the closest you can get to an Ace Attorney style game on the PC (and if I'm wrong, please tell me cause I want to buy more AA style games). Made by a couple dudes who graduated from the Newgrounds school of flash games, DG has quirky characters, good voice acting and a GREAT soundtrack. The story is pretty simple, almost a Scooby Doo story. The owner of a theme park in the middle of a swamp has been murdered and people think it's the work of a swamp monster. Enter you as the titular detective, going around finding clues, questioning suspects and breaking psych-lo....err completing character challenges. The only complain I have is that the game is quite easy. It's also only around 2-3 hours long but since the game's MSRP is 7$, it's not really a problem.

TL;DR Ace Attorney on Steam.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Detective Grimoire is a rather short but fun little adventure game that was borne from free Flash gaming. The story is gripping and the humour has you chuckling throughout. If you’re a fan of mystery cartoons in the vein of Scooby Doo, then you’ll definitely want to pick this up as it feels just like an episode. Right down to the ending. But, I won’t spoil anything. You’ll have to figure out who did it and what the monster is on your own.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
God, the atmostphere of this game is so great! Love the voice overs, the musics, the story, everything! It's been a long time since i played a game with a good ambience like this. If you're a fan of the point & click adventure genre, don't you ever miss a chance to play this game! It's definitely worth a try!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Fun little game, really looking forward to playing the next one
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Love this game! I haven't heard a soundtrack this good in a game in a really long time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2014
I bought it thinking it would be just a cute little game -and it was, but I was also pleasantly surprised by it. It was more interesting than I originally assumed it would be, considering the price (well, I got it on sale...). As negative traits, I must say it's quite short (you can finish it in three hours or less, finding every clue and getting every achievement) and the puzzles are ridiculously simple. I would even think it's cool for children (well, yeah, there's a murder, but you don't even see the corpse or even blood, but I don't mean 3 y/o kids... well I don't know).

Things I liked about this game:
* Artwork. I liked the cartoonish style. It was simple and nice. It conveyed very basic body language (well, facial actually) in a humorous way. The atmosphere is very well achieved.
* Dialogs. The scripts were rather humorous, dynamic and very well acted. I liked the different choices in dialog, even though they don't always affect the outcome of the interrogation (but sometimes they do). Little objection: it can become incredibly annoying to click "not suspicious" on all the clues of one character, because the guy keeps saying it over and over, but I guess it doesn't matter if you don't do them all at the same time.
* Sounds. The environmental sounds were great, not too overwhelming that they became annoying. The music was one of the best I heard in this kind of games. It reminded me strongly to the style of Danny Elfman music, and it was a perfect fit for the atmosphere of this game.

I can recommend this cute little game, especially if on sale, as a lovely way of spending a couple of hours. It left a childish smile on my face.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
I hope you enjoy!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2014
Great Story but also short,
Great puzzle game, great interview system, great actor performance.
The Game is So Good...
I enjoyed the game and got stuck finding flippers, hahaha

Boggy say thank you :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
This game was beautifully executed--from the sound and graphics to the clues and puzzles. And youre left hanging!! i cant wait to continue it :) Im so curious as to the little girl and how the second part will be set up. Cant wait!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Short Review:

A nice investigation "point & click" game with high quality voice acting behind it and very detail animations, with a very unique style that reminds of Professor Layton, Zelda Windwaker, and old-style cartoons of the 50s. If anything, the game lacks depth and it's rather too short, and the final part of the game is very disappointing since it does everything for you.
Worth a check, considering the low price point.

Long Review:

Detective Grimoire is technically the second game of the series, with the first being released as a free flash game on their site (which is still pretty good in my opinion! Give it a check!). However, with this game they did a HUGE leap of quality, adding a ton of stuff that the original game didn't have, such as voice acting (A LOT of voice acting) better animation, different art style and more complex puzzles (but not as complex as they should be really).

Initially released for portables such as iPads and what not, I was anticipating this game for a long time, as I loved the original DG for being quite interesting, and the character is actually very likeable and very funny; what we have here is basically a port that didn't suffer from it and still maintains its core mechanics, such as the "theory-maker" thingie.
If anything, the resolution cannot be changed, and the volume is at max by default: little nitpicks, so nothing to worry about.

The game itself is splendidly made: dialogues are fun to follow and don't drag too much, as they flow very fast and I rarely skipped the dialogues, since they were very interesting and very funny (especially Grimoire: he really tells a lot of stupid things. Oh, and they made the hat joke again!). The puzzles are ok, but just too easy to follow: the real challenge at times is the Theory-making part, since at times you'll put the wrong statement...but at the same time, it's a lot of fun to mess up those, making him say the dumbest thing ever. The game is fluid and has also animated cutscenes as well, and the characters are...okay, for the most part.

However, there are some issues in my opinion: for one, the story is good, but the last part is a joke: you do nothing at all when you catch the culprit, and that's a huge disappointment considering that the first game, a flash game, had a far more complicated part where you EVEN have to guess who did it. In here, he picks it up for you.
The game is also too easy: you really can't fail anything at all, and as soon as you get your clues you can just spam them to the suspects and see their reaction...and Grimoire even tells you "when it's time to go". They also gave you the possibility to see if something is suspect or not on a culprit, but it's completely useless and serves no purpose: it's just there for letting you check your progress to catch the culprit. And let's face it, you'll guess who it is pretty soon.

I honestly hoped the game to be more intriguing: the art is amazing and the game is very fun, but the story behind is disappointing and lacks to be intriguing, which is a huge problem for me.
Still, I do recommend this game, because it's always good to have nice adventure games and the game is still VERY well done.
Avoid it if you don't care about investigation, reading, or point and click adventures in general.
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