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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“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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“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

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    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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Because this game is very easy it is more of an interactive story than a real brain-teaser, but that's fine because of the charming art style and amusing writing. Although it draws from other classic games in its style (particularly the Ace Attorney series, to the point where certain plot elements are a little too similar), this is not a game that presents the familiar challenge you'd expect from the games it brings to mind. There doesn't seem to be any penalty for mistakes, and the puzzles, although cute and lovingly designed, won't stay on your screen for more than a minute.

I was disappointed by the short length; I had expected this to be the first 'case' of the game, but in fact it was the whole game. It ought really to have a sub-title in its official name as apparently further games in the series are planned. The price is a bit high considering its brevity, but you can certainly do a lot worse with your money.

It might all sound rather negative so far, but I am happy to recommend this game to anyone who is not bothered by a lack of difficulty or relatively short play time. The characters are wonderful, the voice acting is great fun (though one character is disconcertingly sexy; I think her voice might haunt me for a while). I enjoyed every minute of the game actually, because everything it does, it does beautifully. I hope there will be lots more from these guys in the future.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
TL;DR: A good, short, family-friendly mystery game that even adults can casually enjoy.

A beautiful little gem. It's getting harder to find good family-friendly games nowadays. Detective Grimoire is one of them.

While the core gameplay isn't something new, the execution is so well done. You are a detective trying to solve a murder. Along the way you meet characters and clues to help solve this case.

The voice acting and general art direction is spot-on. It's light and never too serious, but even as an adult (29 years-old), I was never put off. Probably because it doesn't treat you like kids that much. Sure, the color palettes are bright, and the character animations a little on the funny side, but the characters and their stories are believable enough to keep me engaged.

It is very short. I finished all of its achievements in 3 hours of gameplay. If you're looking for something to really sink your time into though, this is probably not for you.

I really recommend this if you have a kid, but even for an adult it's a good casual game.
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66 of 69 people (96%) 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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44 of 45 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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33 of 33 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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36 of 40 people (90%) 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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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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28 of 28 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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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2015
This game was amazing!
The character designs were creative and different, comical dialog and fun to play.
Soundtrack was wonderful to listen to while playing.
Gameplay was very interactive with the one playing the game and is fun for younger audience and adults alike.
Puzzles weren't that hard to figure out but could have been just a slight bit more challenging but that's alright, The comedy, characters, and story makes up for the small differences.
So I don't have any complaints about this game.

10/10

Would play again.

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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
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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The perfect experience for a lazy afternoon.

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caruch2001
3.9 hrs
Posted: September 2
This was a fun little story with fantastic voice acting. You are a detective trying to solve a murder that happened in a swamp. Interrogating several people and locations around the area, you find and uncover clues through small puzzles and dialog choices. There are no overly complicated puzzles here. In fact they are quite easy. However, it does keep the story going and keeps you involved. The art style and animation fit very well together.

Instead of being puzzle based, it’s more based around using your clues to dig deeper in the story.

The interface is navigated around easily. It is clearly originally made for a phone/tablet as there are numerous dialog references to tapping the screen instead of a mouse.

The game is very short, and took less than 4 hours to complete it 100%. I wish it was longer but thoroughly enjoyed my time playing.

I also had no idea Arin Hanson from Game Grumps voiced not one, but two characters!

Pros
+Intriguing story
+Fantastic voice acting
+Art style and animation
+Interface easy to understand

Cons
+Wish it was longer

7/10 Good
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