Cognition Episode 4: The Cain Killer

Genre:   Adventure

Developer:  Phoenix Online Studios

Publisher:   Reverb Publishing

Released:  September 2013

PC Requirements:

• Operating System – Windows: XP/Vista/7, Mac: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
• Processor – 2.0 GHz
• Memory – 4 GB RAM
• Video Card –ATI or NVidia with 1 GB RAM
• Hard disk – 2.5 GB free space  

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by flotsam


Cognition Episode 4:  The Cain Killer

I have gone from one episodic adventure to another and both have let me down, but for different reasons.

The previous one was a middling filler, that can be redeemed by what might follow.  This one was the final part, and unfortunately let everything else down.

I confess that I played it as a stand alone chapter, which I said in Part 3 that I wouldn’t do, so that didn’t help. Played subsequently and continuously, its way less disappointing, but is even more exposed as the weak link.

Why do I say that? In short, it’s way too short, far too linear, and overly contrived. Erica remains strong, but the supporting cast is so so, and what was with the really long overview at the start?

Linear applies to many games, especially in this genre, but here I didn’t feel like I was doing anything to drive things along. There is a lack of interaction, except when there is WAY too much interaction, and nothing much in between.

Short also applies to many episodes of many episodic games, but I reckon this is three hours at best and probably less for most players. Played back to back as a single whole game it doesn’t matter as much, but in anyone’s gaming language, episodes should be longer than this.

I also thought that the end drew attention to what is a somewhat far fetched plot line to say the least. Like the episode of Dexter where we have a room full of serial killers, here we have killers getting the killers to kill the other killers, because they can’t bring themselves to do the killing … I think.

There is more. Simple puzzles and then way too fiddly puzzles, the conversation portraits that can result in your death except they won’t because the answers are all rather obvious. But enough. I don’t want to go on, because Cognition and Phoenix Studios deserve a better finale than this.

There is a lot to like about Cognition the series, starting with Erica. The adult themes I liked, and the cognition puzzles in the earlier episodes added a little vive la difference to set it apart from many games out there. Voice acting is generally good, the soundtrack well done, and the graphic style suits the unfolding events.

Cognition is worth playing, and if you doubt me read my earlier reviews. A disappointing last episode shouldn’t detract from everything that went before. Give it a go and support a studio that and a heroine worth supporting.


I played on:

OS: Windows 7

Processor: Intel i7-3820 4GHz

RAM: 12GB Ripjaw DDR3 2133 Mhz

Video card: AMD Radeon HD 7800 2048MB



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