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 (151 reviews)
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”
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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!

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

PC
Mac
    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
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 13
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3.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 10
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3.0 hrs on record
Well. Then. THAT FREAKING LITTLE GIRL IS LIKE A GHOST. POPS UP EVERYWHERE! Besides having the SCARIEST LITTLE CHILD EVER this game is really fun, and you'll enjoy it. Get on that sequel Super-Flash-Bros!
Posted: October 3
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2.7 hrs on record
It's fun, has a unique atmosphere, and holds some pretty funny characters and dialogue. The only problem is that it's only about 2 hours long, 1 hour if you do it fast enough. Buy it on sale.
Posted: September 29
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2.2 hrs on record
Too short of a game, but what there is is really well done. The interfaces are just super easy to work with, and the story was pretty good. It's an adventure/mystery game, so the only plot is just trying to solve a murder and doesn't really go beyond that. Don't spend more than $5 on it or you'll be disappointed, but it's got some great voice acting, so I'd say go for it if it's on sale!
Posted: September 29
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2.1 hrs on record
A short, simple game, that I found fairly entertaining. Arguably worth the low price of €6.99.

I think the first thing that I really took notice of was the cute artstyle, which really brought back memories of obscure cartoons in my early, early childhood. It was mostly impressive within cutscenes, while in-game it looked a bit stale and clunky at times (incl. during dialogue sequences). But all in all a fairly good artstyle.

The gameplay is very simplistic point-and-click. Very much just running around the map, clicking on things until you find the solution, as it switched chapters for me twice just going around the map a singular time. It does not make any effort to hide the fact that it was ported over from mobile platforms, as it continuously reminds you to "tap" things instead of "clicking" them. Not that I find it at all hampering to the overall process of playing it.

The story itself is quite kid-friendly, actually, which I find to be a rather curious matter-of-fact seeing as the case entirely revolves around a murder... which is not all that kid-friendly. Nonetheless, the story did actually grab me in enough to play through the entire two or so hours as I frantically clicked away at things. In the end, a cute little story.

Something that I should mention is that I, personally, had some weird framerate issues. They mainly occurred after playing for more than half-an-hour or so, and would only affect interactions with objects within the world - but it did not affect the menus, the dialogue or the cutscenes. It might only be me experiencing this, as no one on the forum seems to be complaining about such issues at the time.

Sincerely
Crayt
Posted: October 3
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6.1 hrs on record
I really liked this game. The plot is captivating, the dialogues are fun and the characters are memorable. I must admit the game is not hard, you can finish it in about 2 hours, but I'm sure you will not regret spending your time on it. 5/5 for me!
Posted: October 7
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3.0 hrs on record
This was a fun detective game. As you get more information, the pieces of the puzzle start to fit together. It's a sequel to the Fairgrounds Detective Grimoire story. Both stories are good and can be played through in about 2-3 hours. This makes the replay value low, but the story was wonderfully woven together. Sort of like murder mysteries you read, you remeber whodunnit the second time you read, but it's still a good story.

I thought the characters were all amusing and the voices were done well. The music fit the theme and wasn't distracting. It helped break up the silence.

I navigated by the map instead of walking most of the time, so I didn't run into some characters until the end. I would like it if you could include the original Fairgrounds game in the next release. Also, a second case would be nice. Or perhaps multiple cases going in different locations. I missed being able to challenge people about lying like in the first game. Not everyone tells the truth in a murder mystery.

All in all, it was an excellent 3 hours. I'll probably play it again once my memory fades.
Posted: October 3
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5.2 hrs on record
If you want to play a game like picture so cute and story so clues and mystery.
This is Detective Grimoire.
Posted: October 5
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2.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 9
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3.1 hrs on record
Fun little game, really looking forward to playing the next one
Posted: October 11
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4.0 hrs on record
This is an amazing game! Great art style, great characters with unique personalites, love it. High up there on my "favorite games" list!
Posted: September 28
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2.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 23
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3.4 hrs on record
Really a lovely game. Nice story, nice characters, and it's very rare to get stuck and never happens to be forced to do something illogical. It's quite short, but that's completely ok if you are looking for a game that doesn't ask you for tens of hours of play in order to get to the end.
One small tip: even when the game directs you to get back to the entrance to finally solve the case, do so only once you've uncovered all the tips. It makes quite more sense then that you can get certain conclusions (especially about who the culprit is!!) rather than getting in there with just the bare minimum of the hints.
Posted: October 25
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47 of 49 people (96%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
8,5/10

+ 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
Posted: August 18
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
"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.
And dont forget "JUST BECAUSE YOU DONT SEE BOGGY,DOESNT MEAN HE ISNT REAL".
Posted: August 21
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 18
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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
Posted: August 18
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
+ 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]
Posted: August 21
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 24
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