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
16 of 16 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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11 of 11 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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10 of 10 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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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 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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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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4 of 4 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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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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8 of 13 people (62%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 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
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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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
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
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
2.7 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
This game is quite well done. Even though it only took me half an hour to play through, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It reminded me of a story book from way back when I was a child, and, even though the story is not the most amazing, it is still suitable for a game with this kind of art. The art aesthetic and sound track really make this game, and for seven bucks, I would definitly recommend it to anyone looking for a story book reminiscent game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
It may be short, and it may be simple but darn if it isn't a remarkably likable and fun point and click murder mystery. I did enjoy the seemingly "H.P. Lovecraft made an E for Everyone game" vibe this game has.

Will you play it for hours on end? No.

Will you enjoy every minute you play? Yes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Charming little detective adventure that does a lot of things right. You're Detective Grimoire, a laidback, mildly sarcastic sleuth sent to investigate a death on a secluded swamp getaway. The gameplay area consists of less than twenty different locations around the bayou, but is stuffed full of memorable characters to converse with and lots of clues to discover.

Detective Grimoire has obviously been designed for tablets, but the game transcends its origins simply by not dumbing down stuff needlessly. Sure, the game is not terribly hard since its designed for people of all ages to enjoy, but you do need to use your brain to actually make conclusions based on the evidence you're presented with. For the most part, it feels like you're doing real detective work instead of just solving random puzzles.

Production values are high as well, with fitting music, good writing, marvelous voicework and a rather unique, painterly graphics style that reminds me a bit of Day of the Tentacle. Overall, everything fits together really well, and it's maybe even a bit hard to fully appreciate the game because of how completely slick it is. If you have even a slight interest in adventure games, check this one out - You'll probably walk away with a warm fuzzy feeling after a couple of hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Fun little game, only takes a couple hours to get 100% on everything, but it's fun to go back and play parts of again, just to relive dialogue. Voice acting and animation is good, too. Got it on sale for $4, worth the price.
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