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 (58 reviews) - 91% of the 58 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Aug 18, 2014

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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
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Crushmaster
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Fun and quick mystery game with solid graphics and music. The characters are amusing and well-done, and the story is as well, setting things up nicely for an eventually sequel. Gameplay is pretty easy, though there are some options to adjust that. I would recommend buying it on sale as you're only to get a few hours of gameplay out of this, but it's definitely fun while it lasts. Minor downsides include some frame drops early on (in the cutscenes) and the volume control not seeming to affect the cinematic portions. Overall, definitely worth picking up, and I hope it gets its sequel.
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CarelessGiraffe
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Product received for free
The animation was beautiful! And I loved the mystery and story with it :D looking forward for more games!
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p4percake
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A fun little game that takes just a bit of logic and effort to solve. I love mystery games and this one is perfect for either a clever child or a young adult who wants to casually pass some time without too much challenge but enough to make it entertaining. The story is interesting and the mix of something possibly other-worldly makes it all the more fun, but I do wish it was a little longer.
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Not Cold
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
A short and charming little game.
Beautiful art direction, a lovely soundtrack, and surprisingly good voice acting (except for the little girl, who sounds... off).

Some faults I had with the game personally:
- It's easy to deduce the culprit pretty early in the story
- The puzzles are way too easy, perhaps meant for very young children
- Solving the mystery ultimately didn't feel... super rewarding... only a little bit.

Overall, I would recommend this game, and its flaws can be overlooked for a cute little experience. (8/10)
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General Nuclear
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
i played the original Detective Grimoire on. http://armorgames.com/ this is the second one you see a lot of referanser to it and he even mention it when you first meet the little girl.

you should try the first one for free on there web site first before trying out this.
but they should have had included the first one for free so we got more for the money,
also for those who don't want to go to there site.

anyway not a bad game has a completely different art style from the first game

fun game play.

easy to get sort of intellectual jokes if you can call it that.

but the puzzles and mystery are a bit too easy.

a bit too short.

a few of the dialogs and cutscens seems to be missing for the pc version.

but beside that if you liked the original and if you can get it cheep then you should buy it but only if you can get it cheep.
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WalnutsGalore
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Awesome! Really fun. Wonderful graphics. Would buy sequel if such a thing existed.
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Dr Mowinckel
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Not a great game, not a bad game. While I assume it is aimed at a slightly younger audience, it's still an adorable little point-and-click adventure. The puzzles are very simple and the story isn't exactly a deep one, but what it lacks in gameplay it makes up for in art style, music, voice acting and humorous dialogue. Sadly, it's very short and lacks replayability, but I enjoyed its charm while it lasted. Definitely worth its sale price and if a sequel existed, I would definitely buy it.
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Nikkilite
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Detective Grimoire is a game that takes you away to a swamp, that is anything but ordinary.
An absolute fantastic experience.

This is what you can expect:
- Humoristic characters
- Fantastic voiceacting
- Fitting soundtrack
- A short, but sweet story
- Playable for just about anyone, It is about a murder though, keep that in mind
- Puzzles are very easy

Even though i am not exactly a child anymore, i did enjoy every bit of the game.
The game was very short though, so i am happy that i got it on sale. I don't believe it would be worth much more, but for the small price i had to pay, the game was perfect.

Recommended!
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forensic13
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Cute game with good ambiance, but really just ludicrously short. Even with a ton of backtracking. But decent enough for its sale price.
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DarkFlameMaster
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Good game, really like the art style and the story! It is similar to professor layton.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
A really nice point-and-click where you have to impersonate detective Grimoire, who has to solve an enigmatic murder in a quite mysterious and full of secrets swamp. The atmosphere is magical and fairytale-like, the stereotyped characters can be funny but also shady, the music is lovely; gameplay is simple: ask questions, show evidences, obtain informations, sign them as suspicious/not suspicious and finally deduce. Very recommended.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
More for kids.
This is a point-n-click adventure game where you, as Detective Grimoire, are tasked with solving the murder of a proprietor of a tourist attraction that's located in a swamp. The game has nice graphics and is well-made on the whole, but I just found it way too simple, the story so-so, and the interface and gameplay aimed too much at children. I would only recommend this to kids/teens aged 7-15.

Here's what I liked:
+ Mystery to be solved
+ Pretty, vibrant visuals
+ Fully voiced
+ Voice autoplays during conversations, so you can just sit back and let things flow
+ Good music
+ High production values
+ Quite a few trading cards

Here's what I didn't:
- Puzzles are way too simple
- Some puzzles are poorly conceived and have nothing to do with the context
- Mainly just talking to other characters
- No object use (i.e. you never have an inventory and never need to use any item)
- Not a "real" adventure game per se (due to the points mentioned above)
- Almost all the clues are pieced together by combining words to form a sentence
- Very kiddish interface
- Story is dull, uninspired, unoriginal and bland
- Conclusion is really boring and anti-climactic
- No satisfaction in solving the mystery
- Game holds your hand throughout and treats you like you're 5 years old

Some examples of the "puzzles" you will encounter:

1) Moving objects aside to find what was beneath them. And you are specifically instructed to do so. DUH.
2) Selecting the correct phrases to form a sentence. E.g. "___ was told to ___ yesterday." And the choices you are given are dead obvious.
3) Putting the correct pairs together.
4) Entering the correct code to open a lock, and the code has nothing to do with the lock.
5) Choosing the correct image to form a clue. E.g. On a diagram of a person hiding in a tent, you must choose a picture (out of 4 choices) that depicts what made him stay in the tent. All the choices other than the correct answer are completely nonsensical.
6) Putting gears in the correct place to open something.
7) Choosing the correct string in a tangle.
8) Matching the correct shape to the keyhole.

Conclusion
It's not a bad game, but it's definitely not for the discerning old-school adventure gamer looking for at least some creative & challenging adventure game puzzles to solve. Add to that a really blah story with no drama or excitement whatsoever, and I say give this a miss.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Cute little point-and-click adventure game, perfect for a younger audience. Quirky characters and appealing art style compliment the mystery plot that isn't too simplistic or "kiddiefied", and the excellent soundtrack and audio design deserve a mention. For adult gamers this adventure may seem short or a bit unchallenging; despite this, Detective Grimoire was still hours of good fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
It's adorable. It's charming. It's got great art and music. If you enjoy point-and-click adventure games, definitely give this one a go.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
A pleasant and causal point and click game and does not take too long to finish. Overall a nice game to kick back and relax with.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
62 of 65 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
7,5/10

+ 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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38 of 39 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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