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 (42 reviews) - 88% of the 42 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (745 reviews) - 94% of the 745 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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Very Positive (42 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (745 reviews)
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rockettudor
( 2.6 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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bawdiepie
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
A wonderful game in many respects- great graphics, amazing music, good voice acting and dialogue, interesting detective skill.
However I cannot recommend it as it is so incredibly easy and the story is so short and predictable. A real shame, as when I was getting started I thought I had found a hidden gem.

I single out the sound in this game as being particularly excellent.

I have to emphasise just how easy and predictable it is- I read it in other reviews and thought the quality of the game would make up for it and I would just enjoy the story, which is why I bought it. Unfortunately the quality of the game's technical polish simply makes it more disappointing as I felt it could have been something really great but instead became an increasingly boring waste of time.
To be absolutely clear- this is not a game I believe an adult can really enjoy as it lacks complexity, gameplay, challenge and storyline.

This may be most suitable for about 7-11 year olds (I guess), there are references to a murder but it's all rather tame in comparison to something like "Murder She Wrote" or "Colombo". It should probably say it's for children on the store page- for that age group it is probably fantastic.
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maskofthephantasm
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
A nice, quick, kids' adventure/puzzle game.

I do emphasize the "kids'" part, because after seeing most of the negative reviews for this game, I think that's where the issue comes up. This game is honestly amazingly high quality, from the art to the animation to the soundtrack and voice acting, but it's pretty clear this is made to be played by elementary school kids. Despite being a murder mystery with lots of secrecy and cryptids at heart, this game is very nongraphic and fairly noncreepy, and the puzzles mostly seem like things I solved in the newspaper when I was younger. This will not challenge you, and it will not trouble you.

That being said, the tone of the game managed to avoid being condescending, which can be hard to find in kids' games. At no point in dialogue with characters did I feel like rolling my eyes because I was being talked down to. I genuinely enjoyed myself, and would gladly purchase more games of this series if they were to come out if only for the flawless design and voice acting. That being said, it is short. At about 3hrs for $7, I would maybe consider waiting for a bundle or sale of somekind.

If you're looking for a game to introduce your child to, I highly recommend this one! You may even enjoy it yourself.
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gautez
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
A really well-written murder mystery story with beautiful cartoon visuals and an atmospheric soundtrack. The intricate investigation mechanics are a bit overkill, though, as the game more or less leads you by the hand towards its resolution, and doesn't really offer much resistance. The puzzle segments are also ridiculously easy, basically just requiring you to move stuff around a bit until you get it right. Still, it's definitely worth your time and money, and hopefully the core mechanics will be recycled in a more challenging future installment.
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battle-drome
( 51.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
For regular puzzel solvers, the puzzles may not be too challenging, but it has so many good qualities and good mysteries to keep you on your toes.
As a fan of point and click mystery games, this has to be one of the most polished looking one I have seen in a long while.
I am happy to have spent my money on this and can't wait for future projects relating to 'Detective Grimoire'.
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BlishBlash
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Enjoyable game, just wish the plot had a bit more going for it, and there was more than one case. It felt like the start of a great game, not a WHOLE game.
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tejas
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Meh! No real puzzles, just lots of talking, and grinding through all the combinations of showing N items to M characters, and then asking each of the M characters about everyone else. Ugh! Mildly interesting storyline, no real decisions. It's not a game, it's a visual novel -- and a tedious one at that. Wait for it to be made into a movie :-)
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hleinone
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Well made and entertaining game. The puzzles were quite easy and probably because of that the game felt a bit short. Anyways, one of the better point and click adventures from the last years.
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GDaeMoNz
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Simple and nice (fun and funny) game with nice simple graphics. I like the way it allows us to be a bit more flexible in investigating - showing items, funny choices, etc, compared to the investigation game (which are usually hidden item investigation games with some mini puzzles) I played so far.

Worth the try but overall, a very simple and short game and don't expect too much for the story as it is quite straight forward in my opinion.
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NicoleforYou
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Very cute game!! I love the art style and wish it had been even longer! Only con is that the mystery was pretty easy to figure out.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
+Its Entertaining and fun.
+The Art is very Unique and Colorful.
+The Characters are drawn and voiced well.
+And Writing is sharp and Witty.

-But it doesnt seem to be something an adult person would enjoy as it lacks a certain level of depth and complexity for the Story and the Characters. You will get to feel this after playing a while.Click Click Click, new info,Click Click Click, new info. End Game. Story was Alright.

Overall 7/10, For the Writing and Unique Characters and Price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
fun game, much better than i expected
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Meh! No real puzzles, just lots of talking, and grinding through all the combinations of showing N items to M characters, and then asking each of the M characters about everyone else. Ugh! Mildly interesting storyline, no real decisions. It's not a game, it's a visual novel -- and a tedious one at that. Wait for it to be made into a movie :-)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
A wonderful game in many respects- great graphics, amazing music, good voice acting and dialogue, interesting detective skill.
However I cannot recommend it as it is so incredibly easy and the story is so short and predictable. A real shame, as when I was getting started I thought I had found a hidden gem.

I single out the sound in this game as being particularly excellent.

I have to emphasise just how easy and predictable it is- I read it in other reviews and thought the quality of the game would make up for it and I would just enjoy the story, which is why I bought it. Unfortunately the quality of the game's technical polish simply makes it more disappointing as I felt it could have been something really great but instead became an increasingly boring waste of time.
To be absolutely clear- this is not a game I believe an adult can really enjoy as it lacks complexity, gameplay, challenge and storyline.

This may be most suitable for about 7-11 year olds (I guess), there are references to a murder but it's all rather tame in comparison to something like "Murder She Wrote" or "Colombo". It should probably say it's for children on the store page- for that age group it is probably fantastic.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
62 of 65 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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