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Gray Matter [Download]

by Viva Media
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews) 72 / 100

Price: $9.99
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Platform: PC Download
PC Download
Download size:
5600 MB
Download time:
1 hour 15 minutes - 9 hours on broadband
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Product Details

Platform: PC Download
  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B004NNVE8M
  • Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,102 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Platform: PC Download

From the Manufacturer

Since losing his wife, neurobiologist Dr. David Styles has become a recluse, rarely leaving his home, the Dread Hill house. One day, Samantha Everett, a street magician, appears at Dr. Style's doorstep just as he is seeking a new assistant.

What if you could REACH BACK IN TIME?

Samatha's first task is to find six people and form "The Lamb's Club", of human guinea pigs for Dr. Style's test at Oxford University. The experiment starts off innocently enough, but then a chain of inexplicable incidents begin to occur, one after another.

Are these experiments as innocent as they appear?

What is the true aim of this paranormal game?

  • By the renowned Jane Jensen, creator of the Gabriel Knight series
  • A dark story told in the gothic novel style in eight epic chapters
  • Play as Dr. Styles and Samantha
  • Innovative gameplay that combines science and the supernatural

  • System Requirements
     Minimum Specifications:
    OS:Win 7, Vista and XP
    Processor:1.83 GHz
    RAM:1 GB
    Hard Drive:6.5 GB
    Video Card:256 MB graphics card with Shader 2.0
    Additional Info:DirectX: 9.0

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    55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars One for Jane Jensen's fans! March 2, 2011
    Platform for Display:PC
    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
    Like many other fans who have played the Gabriel Knight series, I was eagerly awaiting the latest adventure game from Jane Jensen. After many years and multiple production houses in development, Gray Matter is finally here, and it has been worth the wait.

    Disclaimer: Being a fan of Jane Jensen's adventures I may have evalauated the game to her high-set standards.

    The game has the trademark quality of a Jensen adventure with a great story, character depth, atmosphere and...challenging puzzles? Well, only the last feature has left me with some hesitancy in recommending the game just to any adventure games fan, especially ones that do not favor all of the above qualities over the level of challenge/brain-taxing. In this respect, Gray Matter is a lot like Dreamfall ( Longest Journey 2), i.e. a great piece of interactive fiction though somehwt lacking in the puzzle department. In fact, I found Gray Matter easier than Gabriel Knight 2. Also, certain puzzles that the female main character has to solve as her personal objective did not blend well with the main story arc. The puzzle-solving aspect is the only note-worthy low point of this title.

    Graphics are well-drawn, with some imaginative backdrops and colors that are appropriately dreary for the most part. Before I played the game, I saw a lot of mention about the comic-book style cutscenes in the reviews. In many instances, they are adequate, but elsewhere, you wish the cutscenes had more clarity and animation, especially when there is more happening in the scene. Jane's hubby Robert Holmes has done a great job with the soundtrack, although it is less-varied than the GK2 music. There are quite a few tracks, though throughout most of the gameplay you hear only two or so.
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    51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game February 28, 2011
    By Heather
    Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
    Let me start by saying I have played a lot of adventure games in the past, I grew up playing the classic Sierra games, Space Quest, Kings Quest, and Jane Jensen's other works Gabriel Knight to name a few. I was very excited to hear about this game, and I just finished it a few minutes ago.

    For those who don't know what this is, the best way I can describe it is a interactive book/novel. divided into chapters, where you play the led character, and have to go though and find out what is going on, in order to move on with the story. With this can sometimes be hard to figure out, I believe it is well worth the effort. For people tired of the same old game, give it a shot you might be surprised.

    For fans of Jensen's other titles I believe that you will enjoy this game, it has a feel of her other games, and it kept me hooked wanting to find out what was going to happen next.

    I'll leave it on this, it was nice to find a game that made me use my brain a little, which is becoming uncommon in the world of video games today.
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    36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Compellingly suspenseful, with good puzzles March 9, 2011
    Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
    The story drew me in completely, making me care about the characters and what happened to them. The game-play involved both action and the investigation of mysterious events, but was refreshingly different from the standard genres of hidden object, murder mystery, or monster fighting.

    I realize that the computer game industry is mostly targeted at players in their teens or twenties, and this game should be well received by that audience. But it's nice to find a game like this one that can also entertain older players like me.

    My game-play lasted well over twelve hours; I kept coming back for more whenever I had time. The ending was quite satisfying, but I was sorry when it was over and immediately wanted to buy another game like this one.

    Unfortunately I'm not sure if there are any like it. Please tell me your suggestions if you have one.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and engaging Hidden Object variation March 28, 2011
    By Kevin
    Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
    I took a chance and downloaded this game before any reviews or screenshots were posted. I had no problems with download or install, just to add a counterpoint to those reviewers who did have issues.
    I'm basically happy with my investment.

    Gray Matter has proven to be a respectable entry in the HOG genre of gaming, with excellent graphics and challenging (without being frustrating) puzzles. The game starts of with a clever and amusing prologue detailing your character's journey to the doctor's house -- it's done in pseudo-animation, more like watching a powerpoint presentation. This is actually clever and amusing or low-budget depending on your mood, I think.

    The plot is refreshing (see publisher's descript.), and the game is really a hybrid of adventure/HOG in that you are able to pilot your main character through the three dimensional space rather than just using the cursor alone.

    The GOOD:

    - Excellent graphics. The game does require a fair amount of gaming power from your computer. The environments are convincing and your avatar is solidly grounded in them.

    - Clever game play, in that there are hidden object elements as well as exploratory ones.

    - The play environment is fully realized -- your character walks around furniture in rooms and it is really great to see that kind of detail to game physics in an HOG.

    The BAD:

    - Ugh -- the main character moves so slowly. This is not a processor issue, it is due to the fact that she prances around with a very casual and fluid gate like she has all the time in the world.

    - The game could use more interactivity. There is a very nice feature that lets the player "highlight" all of the interactive objects in a room.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    when i bought it, it was not on steam. so it was my only chance to get it.
    Published 1 month ago by mario guzman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great trade. No problems.
    Published 3 months ago by Roy A. Travers
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    What a fun game.
    Published 3 months ago by Rianna Andrews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hated it at first..until I cheated
    I could not get the hang of this game the first time around. You have to figure out what manipulations you have to do to create a magic trick. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Mary N. Detto
    1.0 out of 5 stars If I could get it to work I could rate it
    I have technical problems running it on windows XP. I know it is an old OS but come on! Couldn't find any patches to fix my issues either.
    Published 6 months ago by OldSchoolGamerOC
    5.0 out of 5 stars So fun
    It took me awhile to get thru with this game because I only get to play on my down time at work. I own a store and pizza joint and so when I am not helping ppl I get to play. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by sheri
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good point & click
    Quite short, in fact, but always logical and keeping you on the edge during all the storyline.
    Apart the intro song, the music is quite basic.
    Published 8 months ago by Chris Quent
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    Played this through and I really enjoyed it. Reminded me of the old school adventure games which I have missed lately. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by L Presley
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game
    It is hard for me to not compare this to a Gabriel Knight game. It was enjoyable, though there were a few parts that were not intuitive. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Chris
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure Game!
    This has to be one (if not THE) best adventure games I've played.

    Pros:

    - Story lines were first rate
    - Creative storyline (I liked the mystery)
    -... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by David
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