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Gray Matter (PC DVD)

by Lace Mamba Global
Windows XP / Vista
 Ages 12 and Over
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1 cm
  • Release Date: 25 Feb 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,569 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Gray Matter is the first adventure game by renowned author Jane Jensen since the release of Gabriel Knight 3: the story mixes eerie goings-on with supernatural events in best Jensen-style. Neurobiologist Dr. David Styles is one of the game’s central characters: since losing his wife in a horrible accident some several years ago, he has become a recluse, seldom leaving Dread Hill House, his English country estate.

When student and part-time street performer Samantha Everett shows up at his doorstep, she unexpectedly becomes his assistant. Hailing from America, she has been travelling through most of Europe the last couple years. Her first task: finding six test subjects at Oxford University for one of Styles’ experiments. The experiment starts off innocently enough, but then inexplicable incidents start mounting. And Styles is visited by his dear departed wife. Now it’s up to Sam and Dr. Styles to solve the mysteries of Dread Hill House.

In Gray Matter, players control both Dr. David Styles as well as Samantha Everett in their bid to uncover the secrets and find out the truth. Gray Matter tackles questions concerning the nature of reality and the power of the human mind in constructing the world we take for granted.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
To get the basics out of the way, this game tells a good story with quite a few interwoven narrative threads, and has some interesting characters with pretty good dialogue and voice acting. Puzzles are thought provoking without being unfair, and generally make sense in context. If you like adventure games, you'll like this and I genuinely believe it's got some original tales to tell.

Perhaps just as importantly, there's some promising interface devices implemented in the interests of user-friendliness.
First off, it's got the "Display available hotspots" key that is happily becoming more and more common these days, as in this day and age it's frankly absurd for a player to spend hours banging their head against a wall merely because they failed their pixel-hunting roll in an insignificant room waaaay back. Push a button, clickable items show up. Simple, and not forced upon you if you don't want it.
Next, it's got a rather clever device on the 'Area map' screen. General groups of (town centre, hospital etc)show up on a central hub map (a bit like, say, broken sword). So far so humdrum, but Gray Matter changes the colour of it's label depending on what's available to do there. If there's still an uncompleted task required to advance the game in the area, it shows Gold. If there's only a 'bonus' task not essential to the game, it shows Silver. If all tasks there have been completed, it shows Gray. Doesn't sound like much, but I find it lets you focus your efforts in the right places when you're scratching your head, whilst letting you know you're wasting your times in others. It's less hand-holding than an outright hint, but really helps you keep things going at a good pace.
Also, there's a button to bring up a list of general tasks to complete each chapter.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaiting Adventure Game 27 Feb 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I can highly recommend this long awaited adventure game written by Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight) We have been waiting over 10 years for this game so dont miss out on playing it. Once into the story and the mechanics of the gameplay you are hooked by a masterpiece of fiction writing and adventure gameplay. Dont miss out if you are a fan of adventure games. Gray Matters strength is its story. The background research shows and the graphics are superb with much detail. Sam (Samantha) is a marvellous character and reminds me of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo heroine. The voice acting is superb and the music excellent especially the main theme for the game of the folk vocals from The Scarlet Furies. The game is classic 3rd person point and click adventure of 8 Chapters. These type of games have been so few and far between in the last many years. I would liken it to watching a wonderful movie but you are controlling it and therefore become engrossed in the story and outcome. If you do get stuck anywhere PLEASE DONT GIVE UP go on the Internet and look up a walkthrough to get you moving on, but do ENJOY as I am!!!!! Hope there will be a sequel or another game by Jane Jensen who is a brilliant Storyteller and video game maker.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, yet a winner 4 Mar 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For veteran adventure gamers, the release date of Gray Matter was probably the most anticipated day in the last 10 years. The one and only Jane Jensen who brought us the delights of Gabriel Knight would return to enchant us once more with a brand new full-length game. Did she succeed? At first I thought not, but then I was won over. Jane Jensen has been working extensively with casual games (yep the hidden object variety) in the past years, with the noble goal of merging casual gaming with adventure gaming. She takes a shot at this with Gray Matter, pleasing newbies to the genre and probably also enraging the veterans a bit. By reading the synopsis, you are in no doubt that this is a Jane Jensen story through and through: paranormal with a twist of science, gothic atmosphere, captivating characters. As a storyteller in gaming she is frankly unrivaled and she proves it once again in Gray Matter. Despite its faults, which I will list in a bit, the story and characters will win you completely; I was actually nearly left in tears at the end when I reluctantly had to say goodbye to Sam and David and this level of immersion and quality is VERY rare in the adventure gaming world. With no further due, the pros and cons:

I liked:

* Gorgeous graphics that leave you stunned at nearly all locations by the high level of detail and sheer beauty
* Flawless voice acting: no dodgy translation. This one plays and sounds like a movie! Great voice overs!
* Captivating characters. Sam and David will each draw you into their world with their well-developed personalities and even minor characters are very interesting.
* The STORY! This can't be emphasized enough. This is a wonderful story with twists and turns and it is even educational.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
So here it is after 12 years we finally have a new adventure game written by Jane Jensen. and it almost hits
the mark at least in the the storyline and puzzles, but from a technical stand point it kind of misses

You play the role of two characters, one Sam an "ex-goth" kind of girl who is an amateur magician looking for the infamous
Daedalus club, an underground club for experienced illusionists. but after her motorcycle breaks down she seeks refuge in the Dread Hill house, home of a mysterious and rather creepy scientist
doctor David Styles, Sam gets in by pretending she is the doctors new assistant after witnessing the real assistant run off in freight, she only plans to stay the night but later the next morning she decides to carry on with the charade in need of money and a place to stay.

Meanwhile David Styles is mourning the loss of his dead wife Laura who he lost in a car accident three years ago, he is now a hermit and spends time trying to make contact with Laura, he is also conducting an official experiment which analyses how imagined exercise effects the brain, Sam's first task as David's new assistant, find university students as test subjects....

I'm not going to give away anything more about the story except that it unfolds very much like Jensen's older Gabriel knight games, fairly slow paced, but suspenseful, I did enjoy the story, and I was engrossed enough not to turn to a walk through every time I couldn't figure out what to do next which is a habit I get into when I'm not really enjoying a games story and want to finish it quickly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for my old brain
I found the storyline pretty decent with a bit of thrill, and the puzzles a good challenge for my old brain.
Published 2 months ago by judderb
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but flawed
Gray Matter has a sound basis and fair characterisation but it could have been better with only a little more effort. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm
Well, in/around Oxford, which I know, and a game - I bought it and have played it. It is a point and click game but, as ever with such games, to make it 'interesting' it has... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Alan Willmott
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
An absolutely brilliant game, one of the few great games I have played over the years. Everything is very well done, from the breathtaking locations to the most amazing soundtrack,... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by Watcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful
Gray Matter on the surface is your classic 3rd person point & click adventure game. Story + puzzles + inventory items + information gathering = progress. Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by Jules
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Gaming Investment
I really like adventure games and was looking forward to playing this one. I'm half way through it and am pleased to report that it's building into a really good game. Read more
Published on 21 April 2011 by Geoffrey Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Really enjoyed playing Gray Matter, reminiscent (of course) of the Gabriel Knight, Black Mirror, Tunguska adventures and games of a similar vein. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2011 by shanghaisurprise
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointing!
Ok, after having waited over 10 years for this game to come out and finally completing it, we found it a most disappointing experience! Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2011 by Tyrannian
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Magic
Brilliant game, you have to install game every time, but that just means it has good memory. Locations brilliant, graphics brilliant, dtp entertainment know how to produce a good... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2011 by Vanessa
1.0 out of 5 stars this is one of the worst games I have ever had
I first loaded this game into my lap top, its not a very fast laptop so I then tried to load it into my fastest PC but it kept rejecting it saying there was a fault with the disk... Read more
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