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Gray Matter [Download]

by Viva Media
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 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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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 (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,008 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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    57 of 58 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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    1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately unplayable
    This review is not for the game itself but a general lack of functionality of the download. Even on the lowest possible graphics rendering settings with a compatible graphics card,... Read more
    Published 7 days ago by mcdonald
    4.0 out of 5 stars absolutely worth playing
    the game grew on me and i turned out to really like it. the magic tricks were a surprise and took some getting used to but the characters, plot and all were fine. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mountain Mama
    5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Entertaining!
    This was one of the most enjoyable games I have played. I was nervous at first because several reviews spoke of problems. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by R. Miller
    2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid Viva
    The two-stars is not for the game itself, but for the Viva release of the game. I have had trouble with their downloads before and they do not offer any support. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Kari
    1.0 out of 5 stars couldn't get it to run
    couldn't get it to run - it screwed up my windows 7 computer
    Published 5 months ago by Marye Ann
    1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money.
    It is an older game, but even so the graphics, game play and story are not that good. Might be a game more suited for a pre-teen or teenage girl.
    Published 5 months ago by David Dixon
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    so so
    Published 5 months ago by harry boy
    4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable story, with minor puzzles
    I find point and click adventures to be generally enjoyable, but the older I get the more interest I have in the story they tell than the puzzles. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by James Skemp
    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 8 months ago by mario guzman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great trade. No problems.
    Published 10 months ago by Roy A. Travers
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