Cognition Episode 4: The Cain Killer Review


The adrenaline gets pumping in the final chapter of Cognition.

Well, it’s finally here: the final chapter of Phoenix Online Studio’s wonderful Cognition. Although I don’t play point-and-click adventure games like I used to, this is one that had me addicted and eagerly awaiting each chapter as it was made available to me for preview.

In the third chapter of Cognition, we finally discovered who the infamous Cain Killer was. So obviously, chapter 4, The Cain Killer, is all about bringing that person to justice. But obviously, the killer must be caught first, and considering his IQ, that will be no easy feat. Once again, Erica and Cordelia must team up, using their psychic powers together in order to figure out what the killer’s next move might be. And when they find out, Erica is none too pleased.

The one thing about this chapter of the game that sets it apart from previous chapters is the heart-pounding adrenaline of it all. Every time a puzzle is presented, you can almost hear a clock ticking away wasted time as Erica desperately tries to figure things out in order to move forward. Each scene is that much more intense and by the end, time has officially run out. Those challenging puzzles are high stakes, too. Several result in death if you don’t figure them out quickly enough. Tick, tick, tick.

There is some emotional depth to in this final chapter, that is carried from previous episodes. As things come together at the end of the game, there is one particular heartbreak that becomes a realization. Everything has changed for Erica and she has to go forward in a world that, for her, is radically different from what she thought she knew.

This episode also felt shorter than previous ones, but as this serves up to wrap up the story, that is to be expected. It does a great job of doing that, too, without leaving any hanging plot points. I was disappointed that maybe there wasn’t a nice twist at the end (that maybe someone survived who we didn’t think would). However, the end is varied, depending on choices you made earlier in the episode. It would have been nice if all four episodes tied together to make multiple endings, but I’m not complaining. This is a solid series of games with a compelling story.

Cognition Episode 4: The Cain Killer is now available for PC. Get all four episodes for just $19.99. Or download it with another game, Face Noir, for just $29.99. Both are a great deal. Visit the official Phoenix Online Studios website for more details.

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