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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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
7 of 7 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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6 of 6 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.

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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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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5 of 5 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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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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
quite amuzing and the graphics were good. The gameplay alot like the game Who Stole Roger Rabbit
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
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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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Nice art style and atmosphere, but the writing and puzzles were pretty weak. Super short, too, even for the price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
I enjoyed every minute and found the story and characters very interesting. I loved the clues and the background story going along with each character and what they do. That is all.
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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
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
"I know the secrets behind this place."
"does this shipwreck have any secrets?"
"no."

fantastic I love it 12/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
If you like point and clicks and detective stories, do not pass this one up!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
If you want to play a game like picture so cute and story so clues and mystery.
This is Detective Grimoire.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
In this exciting detective adventure game filled with twists and turns, by SFB Games, you will find yourself playing the role of Detective Grimoire. Your job is to take on the mysterious death of Remington, the owner of a swamp amusement park in the far reaches of a swamp. The odd thing is that the apparent killer is the infamous Boggy, a creature so unique that it hasn't been seen in 60 years, and yet came out of hiding to kill the man that created a park about the creature itself.

Graphically I loved the look of the game, the characters all had a very different look to them, and the different sections of the "park" definitely went with the vibe of what was going on in the scene. All the screens are static back drops, and some of them have characters that will appear somewhere in the foreground. There was just something about the character design that just draws a person in, I can't tell if it was the way that they were drawn, or if it is the use of colors, but whatever it is, it works for the game. I also really liked the HUD layout of the game, you definitely new where you were in the game, in terms of progress, as well as where you stood with the different characters that you would be interviewing as you try to track down the killer.

One of the biggest things that I have found makes or breaks the game is the voices and sounds of the game. This particular game nailed it. Along with the look of the characters I could feel the voices breath life into them. Each was very unique and each made me believe that those voices belonged to those characters. I also really appreciated the humorous dialogue that was thrown in from time to time to keep things a little lighter in the game.

The controls are really simple, this is another point and click game. So as long as you feel confident left clicking with a mouse, you'll do just fine.

Alright so lets get down to it, as I stated before you will be playing the role of Detective Grimoire. You have been asked to consult in this truly bizarre death which everyone is claiming was done by an almost mythical creature that has not been seen in 60 years. It is your job to interview everyone on the island and try to uncover all the truths, lies, and obstacles that get in your way. My only problem with the game was that the overall length wasn't all that long, but there was something about this game that I didn't really care. I enjoyed it for what it was, and that was a great story, with a great cast of characters, and surprises spread throughout. I also enjoy the interrogation mechanic that was in the game. There was always a chance that some new bit of information or perhaps an actual clue could get more information out of the different individuals spread out across this very unique theme park.

Now I'd like to go more into some of the twists and turns, but that would be a terrible thing to give away for anyone out there wanting to play the game, and I think most will want to play this game. So if you like point and click mysteries with colorful casts, and a very mysterious murder, this is the game for you. You can beat the game in under 2 hours, that's the only thing that I want to warn you about, but outside of that I think most will greatly enjoy the time they spend playing this game. This game gets an 8.8 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Charming and enjoyable but more suited to younger gamers.

Nice graphics and voice acting but the difficulty level and plot makes it best suitable for early teens or slightly younger. In that capacity it is really very good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
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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