FBI agent Erica Reed won’t rest until she finds the serial killer who murdered her brother, and today she gets one step closer with The Wise Monkey for PC and Mac. This is the second episode of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, a four-part adventure game created by indie team Phoenix Online Studios (with a little help from Gabriel Knight creator Jane Jensen and renowned comic book artist Romano Molenaar).
Boston native Erica Reed has an advantage when it comes to tracking killers — an unusual set of post-cognitive abilities that help her sense how a crime unfolded. She also has a score to settle with the murderer who took her brother’s life three years ago. But vengeance takes a backseat in The Wise Monkey when Erica’s colleague and sometimes lover, Sully, falls hostage to a rare female serial killer fixated on the gruesome mutilation of her victims. Only Erica’s sixth sense can save him, but with the Wise Monkey sharpening her scalpels, time is running out.
“The first episode of Cognition was all about setting the stage for Erica’s story: introducing her abilities, experiencing the loss of her brother, and establishing the problems plaguing the FBI’s Boston bureau. As people who played it already know, that episode ended with a crazy twist. There’s no turning back now,” says Katie Hallahan, who designed and directed The Wise Monkey. “Now another person Erica loves is in grave danger, and she’s at her breaking point — another loss could be one too many. And the things she has to go through to save Sully from the Wise Monkey… let’s just say it’s intense.”
You can buy The Wise Monkey from the Phoenix Online Studios store for $9.99, or you can get all four episodes for $29.99. If you’ve already purchased the first episode, you can upgrade to the season pass for $19.99, which includes episodes 2 – 4. The Wise Monkey is also available from these online stores.
Until January 31st you can buy Episode 1: The Hangman at IndieGameStand and pay the amount you want. If you pay more than the average price you get the Cognition Original Soundtrack Volume 1 and the Prequel Comic PDF. No matter how much you spend you can still upgrade to the season pass for $19.99 and get all four episodes.