Gray Matter

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Windows
80
4.3
Xbox 360
70
4.4
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Description

More than ten years after the release of her last full-scale adventure game (GK3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned, 1999), Jane Jensen returns to the scene after a decade of casual games under her belt, this time with Gray Matter, a science fiction, horror thriller in the form of a classic third person, point and click, 2D/3D adventure game.

The player assumes the role of two different characters. One is itinerant street magician and student Samantha Everett, who hails from America and is currently in the United Kingdom. The second is her somewhat reluctant employer Dr. David Styles, a recently widowed Oxford neurobiology researcher who conducts experiments relating to the power and potential of the human mind. Sam will have to utilize her special skills involving slight of hand in order to help the reclusive David. Among other things, he needs help recruiting several students from the nearby Oxford campus to participate in the experiments, not an easy task considering the notoriety of Dr. Styles and his home estate of Dread Hill House. While there Sam is also on the lookout for a clandestine magician's club into which she wishes to gain admittance.

Graphics are a combination of 2D and 3D, with the backgrounds being pre-rendered 2D and characters are 3D. In addition to run-of-the-mill inventory puzzles, the two playable characters' areas of expertise (Sam's magic tricks and David's scientific research) are fully integrated into the gameplay and interface of Gray Matter, enabling the player to solve the various puzzles and get over obstacles scattered throughout. A game progression system is implemented, allowing gamers to keep track of the events and tasks of each of the eight chapters.

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Gray Matter Windows The magician's menu: preparing for a trick
Gray Matter Windows The inventory: I have to use my faked student ID to get access to the library
Gray Matter Windows You can always check the progress you made in a certain chapter
Gray Matter Windows Some places you visit are based on real locations: here we are at St. Edmund Hall in Oxford

Alternate Titles

  • "Grey Matter: Призраки Подсознания" -- Russian spelling
  • "Gray Matter: Dread Hill House" -- Working title

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Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Nov 29, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameBoomers Windows Dec, 2010 A- 91
Just Adventure Windows Apr 21, 2011 A- 91
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Dec 09, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Looki Windows Nov 25, 2010 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov 13, 2010 77 out of 100 77
Adventure Corner Xbox 360 Nov 20, 2010 75 out of 100 75
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Dec 19, 2010 74 out of 100 74
4Players.de Windows Nov 19, 2010 68 out of 100 68
Girl Gamers UK Xbox 360 Jul 17, 2011 6.5 Stars6.5 Stars6.5 Stars6.5 Stars6.5 Stars6.5 Stars6.5 Stars6.5 Stars6.5 Stars6.5 Stars 65

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Further reading

In her introduction found in the game manual, designer Jane Jensen recommends the following works for further exploring Gray Matter's subject matter:
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Oliver Sacks)
  • Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind (V.S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee)
  • The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena (Dean Radin)

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