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 (356 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 18, 2014
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February 9

Out now for Linux!

Hi everyone!

We've finally released the Linux version of Detective Grimoire here on Steam! We had some delays with distribution licences, but we're all good to go now.

Those of you who already bought a copy of the game will find the Linux version available for download in your Steam libraries!

I should mention here too that this game runs with Adobe AIR, but we managed to get a licence to distribute it as a standalone runtime, that doesn't install, it just sits there in the games directory, and can be completely removed just by deleting that directory. That should mitigate any security concerns, since the Linux AIR is so old now! It should also run pretty well on a lot more distros than the usual AIR install!

Cheers,
Tom-

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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
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • OS: Fedora Core 13, Ubuntu 10.10, openSUSE 11.3
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® III 1GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
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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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
A very enjoyable point-and-click adventure in which you play the role of a detective investigating a murder case. The story is exciting and it simply keeps you captivated throughout the 2-3h of gameplay.

All the characters are well designed, interesting and full of surprises. Some of the dialogues are funny and witty, adding an extra flavor to this already nice game.

The few puzzles that you need to solve in order to progress through the story are rather basic (each can be solved in less than 1 minute), but the cute cartoonish graphics and the decent voice acting easily compensate for this.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Super Hillarious Flash Adventure. Somewhere in the swamps there's a murder. You are a detective and have to find clues and interview all of the suspects. These swamp people are strange and nutty. So lots of laughs are guaranteed.
The whole story is well spreaded over the map. The puzzles are easy to solve. In extra challenges you unlock key items for the story progress. The graphics are nice and the music is supporting the comedy. Well done!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
This is a fun point and click detective adventure. It is aimed at a younger audience but is fun for adults as well. The characters are cute and the storyline is engaging. The achievements are not too challenging and I was able to beat the game with 100% completion in 3 hours or so. This would also be a great game for those who speak English as a second language since it uses fairly basic English to tell the story and in its puzzles. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Terrific voice acting, clever and funny dialogue, artwork blends perfectly with amazing soundtrack, giving it true cartoon movie feeling (also duration). Puzzles are very logical and feel just right. One of the best point & click adventures I've ever played.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Art direction is alright - Technology leaves just a tiny bit to be desired, but the excellent voice acting wraps everything up nicely. The interface is effective for a point and cick adventure. In this one you do not have a third person character but have a POV style adventure. The game revolves around cross referencing what people say about themselves and their settings and finding out a question to a mystery which you are investigating. Location and characters are fun and creative, and the setting is family friendly. No bugs or performance issues. So if this suits your tastes I would say this is a nice pick for casual adult gamers, initation to adventure style, people with children, and people who want to investigate things. Good sense of humor as icing on the cake
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
This captivatingly written "basically just a flash game" detective adventure is well worth one play-through, which depending on your completionism obsession should take between an hour and half and an hour more. There's no reason to replay it.

Jolly, but don't pay anywhere near full price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
A delightful casual adventure game, very similar to Phoenix Wright. The game features good writing, funny characters, excellent voice acting and gorgeous background art, making it a very polished murder mystery.

Don't expect much challenge from this one, though : the puzzles solve themselves.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Detective Grimoire is a beautiful, fun -even funny sometimes- and well made game. It has some interesting mechanisms (like combining clues to form sentences) and a non-annoying background music. Each character is unique, memorable, likable and exploring the swamp is enjoyable.

Unfortunately the puzzles are way too easy. Seriously, if you like puzzle/adventure games you'll probably think someone is playing a joke on you. It gave me the impression it was made for elementary students. That's not a bad thing though, especially if you're aware of it beforehand.
Despite initially hoping it would have some interesting puzzles, and subsequently being very disappointed because it didn't, I still had a good time. I'll even consider trying the sequel that's been hinted at.

On the plus side, if you care about this sort of stuff, it's a very easy game to 100%, and drops 5 trading cards.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
it feels like someone was making a phoenix wright game but then only finished making the first case, but it's cheap enough that i didn't really mind because it was good anyways (also you can get it in the humble weekly bundle for $1 at the time of this writing)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
It's a quick point and click game, that fo rthe first time i've seen, actually use some logic. However, the game is so short that by the time you manage to get the hang of the system, the game is over, still, it was good while it lasted, though the begining and ending animations did not load for me, so i had to load them from youtube, but other than that, a good mystery game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Story: This was one of the most enjoyable adventure story's i've ever experinced. I love the voice acting with people such as Edward Tiong, Arin Hanson, joshua tomar and all the characters they've played were awesome. The plot was also believable and a lot of evidence made sense along with the suspects. 10/10

Graphics: The graphic cartoony design instilled into this was pretty good, and the characters all feel well instilled into this world. Plus I LOVE THE ANIMATION CUTSCENES, this was perfect 10/10

Gameplay: The controls and inventory system are very simplistic, heck you just need your trusty mouse to play the whole game! You have two ways of going at it in this game, looking at things and walking around, also you have fun little mini-games and can of course talk to suspects and show them evidence and interrogate them. I would warn people though that this game is very easy to beat so don't expect it to be long. 9.5/10

Overall: This was one of the best adventure games I've ever played, it's got great voice acting, good cartoony graphic's and a good length (seriously I thought I could beat this in an hour but it took me 4) so if you can please buy this game, it's totally worth it. 10/10

Recommended price to buy: FULL PRICE!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
This game is fantastic. Though a bit on the short side (it runs about 2 hours) it's jam packed with detail that makes it a great quick play. The story is original, the cast quirky and fun. But the best part is you really feel like you're being a detective as you gather clues and observe everything and I mean EVERYTHING. To get a complete in this game you must leave no stone unturned quite literaly. You never know where a clue will be or just a fun throw away joke. Surpisingly for such a straightfoward game there is a lot of replay value if you ever want to just have a cute pick me up. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
A fun, cute point-and-click paranormal detective game with a nice visual style and solid voice work. It's not particularly challenging and finding a couple clues is made needlessly difficult by trying to tell environment art apart from things meant to grab your attention, but it's a fun little diversion. The storyline hints at more episodes. Here's hoping they see the light of day.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Short and sweet. Detective Grimoire is neither long (full playthrough with 100% achievements in about 3 hours) nor particularly difficult (some "puzzles" simply involve uncovering clues by moving objects from on top of them), but in that time it manages to be fun, endearing, and innovative. In that, it somewhat resembles an animated storybook with some opportunities for interaction.

This is just fine, as it turns out, because the story is a good one. Dialogues with your suspects are witty and upbeat, with excellent voice acting (which is fortunate, since the game rewards you for exhausting all dialogue options with all characters relating to all clues). Character animations are simple, cartoonish and expressive, and match well with the voices laid on top. The game won't challenge you greatly, but it will entertain. And with a hint at a sequel, there may be more to come with Detective Grimoire.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Short version: 85%
An incredibly short crime adventure game with casual difficulty, excellent narrative, and top-notch voice-acting. It may be closer of being a Flash cartoon, but it’s a really excellent one at that.

Long version:
Detective Grimoire is the sequel of a 2007 freeware Flash game under the same name (but different content), made originally for tablets (the game even asks you to “tap” with the mouse all the time).
Strictly speaking it falls under the point ‘n’ click adventure genre, but in reality it’s more of an interactive adventure cartoon with a roughly two hour run time as it offers no actual difficulty.

But it’s all inconsequential, since Detective Grimoire is a wonderful all-age murder mystery with a good plot, memorable characters, entertaining dialogues and excellent voice actors. Although the swamp setting and environmentalist messages can get a little overbearing sometimes.
As a detective story it has next to no replay value: once you wrap up the crime, this was it. Still, it’s priced similarly as a movie ticket, and it sure is a lot more entertaining than most movies you may watch.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
One part Phoenix Wright, one part Professor Layton, all parts awesome.

While Detective Grimoire might not have the deepest story, the largest game world, or the most difficult puzzles ever to appear in a point-and-click adventure game, it does have some of the funniest dialogue I've heard in a long, long time. Combined with a unique graphical style and good music, the game deserves a rousing two-thumbs-up.

I will note, though, that the actual gameplay components are very simple and even the most complex brainteaser in the game will prove very little of a threat to anyone with a fully functional brain. Like many games in the adventure subgenre, it occasionally employs its' own unique sense of logic that might require you to "think outside the box", proverbially speaking. Just a hint; the answer is always much simpler than you're making it out to be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Short but very pleasing little game.
I hope there will be more.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
AMAZING
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