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 (19 reviews) - 94% of the 19 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (762 reviews) - 94% of the 762 user reviews for this game are positive.
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”
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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RainaMermaid
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
this was a really fun, fast, and not too overly complicated game. the voice acting was awesome. The animation was cute.

I got all of the clues but it only marked it at 76%... I even checked it against a walkthrough when I finished and I *did* have all the clues! so that's frustrating because it wouldnt give me the achievment.

still really fun though and worth the play.
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Vodka Battlecruiser
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
A nice little story, entirely voice acted and with cute characters. You can tell a decent amount of love went into it.

That being said, I 100%'d the game in 2 and a half hours, and there's only a few simple puzzles so it's more of a "present evidence" visual novel. I'm still going to give it a recommend though because I enjoyed it, but make sure you know that before buying.

Oh, and I could imagine this being a perfect game for younger kids. The setting is a bit lighter than your usually gritty detective murder case, so it should be fine for them.
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counttheshadows
2.4 hrs
Posted: August 16
Very enjoyable 2 - 2 1/2 hour experience. Interesting characters, story, and aesthetic. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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Starla81
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 15
Very fun and quite amusing. I highly recommend it.
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dpritch
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 13
Fun little game, although it was easy to miss that you could click on the suspects details to label them suspicious or not suspicious. I didn't find that out until after I had finished the game, and missed out on an achievement.
No replay value, but definitely fun one time through.
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joozek78
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 12
Fun and easy, kid-friendly, but can also be used to relieve some stress in an adult.
Playes best with touch interface.
I got it in a bundle
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capt.morgan
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 10
Although Detective Grimoire is a very quick play, it is extremely satisfying. The game is not the most challenging. But, it is fun. The art and voice work is amazing. You can see that a lot of time and effort was put into the game. The storyline is engaging. Despite the length of the game, you get a real feel for the characters. They each have a lot of personality. All in all the game is well worth a play through.
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Ðαftαstic
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 9
Not the best but i've seen much worse p&c games.

+ Great voice acting
+ Drawings
+ Music

-A bit short

Easy Puzzles but its k for me. D.Grimoire made for story not for a puzzle challange i guess.

8/10 Highly Recommended
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The™ Baron
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 8
Detective Grimoire is a short and sweet little adventure game. The voice acting can be pretty hit-or-miss, and I saw some performance issues at a particular location late in the game, but if you want a nice mystery you can complete in one sitting, it's worth a look.
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hmb0831
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 7
This game was a blast! I really enjoyed every second of it. It's short, but a very relaxing game that makes you think! :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
I thought this game was fine. There were elements that I really liked - the art style, music, and general layout of the screen. Unfortunately, the puzzles were a bit simplistic and the game became more of a grind to ask everyone everything.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Not the best but i've seen much worse p&c games.

+ Great voice acting
+ Drawings
+ Music

-A bit short

Easy Puzzles but its k for me. D.Grimoire made for story not for a puzzle challange i guess.

8/10 Highly Recommended
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
this was a really fun, fast, and not too overly complicated game. the voice acting was awesome. The animation was cute.

I got all of the clues but it only marked it at 76%... I even checked it against a walkthrough when I finished and I *did* have all the clues! so that's frustrating because it wouldnt give me the achievment.

still really fun though and worth the play.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Game for kids up to 12 years.
Wouldnt recommend it if you are looking for puzzles.
Exept that - good music, voice acting, art.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
63 of 66 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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41 of 42 people (98%) 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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32 of 32 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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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2015
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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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
A loving homage to the Phoenix Wright games.

Features quality amateur voice acting, charming character animations and lovingly detailed backgrounds, as well as an original score all throughout.

Plenty of quaint little DS "touch-style" puzzles, none of which are difficult, but all of which add to a greater sense of character and individuality to the game, and increase immersion (even if the complexity of a couple of the locks requires some suspension of disbelief).

A short game, (I completed it 100% in just under 3 hours) easy enough in difficulty to walk through, but it's attraction lies in the fact that it is clearly a labor of love. Because of it's length, it resonates with well-honed polish.

Good clean fun.

My sincere thanks to Gorse for gifting me this game and making this review possible.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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