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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Katie Hallahan (Phoenix Online Studios, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Alternative Magazine Online recently reviewed Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 2: The Wise Monkey (PC), describing it as “a masterfully woven point-and-click adventure thriller”, offering an experience that “screams quality like an alleyway murder victim.” AMO is therefore proud to present an exclusive online interview with Katie Hallahan, PR Director for Phoenix Online Studios and director of Cognition Episode 2!

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GAME REVIEW – Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 2: The Wise Monkey (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

Cognition - Episode 2

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 2: The Wise Monkey (PC) is the second instalment in the Erica Reed series of episodic point-and-click adventure games created by Phoenix Online Studios. Following on directly from Episode 1 (which Alternative Magazine Online described as “a good old-fashioned adventure game like they used to make”), the game once again puts the player in control of Boston-based FBI agent Erica Reed. In Episode 2 she must face her most dangerous adversary yet – The Wise Monkey, a serial killer whose calling card involves removing the eyes, ears and tongues of her victims.

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GAME REVIEW – Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 1: The Hangman (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

Cognition An Erica Reed Thriller

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 1: The Hangman is a point-and-click adventure game created by Phoenix Online Studios. AMO recently previewed the game, describing it as “like a mixture of Gabriel Knight, the Saw films, Stephen King’s The Dead Zone and CSI.” The full game has now been released via digital download and the verdict is in – Cognition is every bit as good as it sounds.

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GAME PREVIEW – Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 1: The Hangman (PC)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is the latest point-and-click adventure game from Phoenix Online Studios. AMO interviewed Katie Hallahan (PR Director for Phoenix Online) and Cesar Bittar (CEO of Phoenix Online) about the game in 2011. The indie studio is best known for creating The Silver Lining, a non-commercial game based on and inspired by the King’s Quest series. On 30th October 2012 the studio will release the first episode of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – their first commercial outing, with legendary adventure game designer Jane Jensen acting as story consultant.

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Jane Jensen (Pinkerton Road Studio)

By Marty Mulrooney

Pinkerton Road Jane Jensen

In 2011, Alternative Magazine Online interviewed legendary adventure game designer Jane Jensen about her latest game Gray Matter, which we described in our review as being “destined to become an adventure gaming classic.” In 2012, Jane announced the formation of Pinkerton Road, a new independent studio devoted to developing adventure games with “deep and compelling storylines.” The studio will be partly funded via Kickstarter – you can help them reach their $300,000 funding goal by clicking here. Read on to find out more about the new studio and the exciting adventure games being planned in an exclusive online interview between AMO and the fabulous Jane Jensen!

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