Gray Matter First Look

We get all nostalgic with a look at Wizarbox Games' point-and-click adventure.

While the humble point-and-click adventure generally no longer enjoys the same level of success it did back in the early '90s, in Germany, the genre is thriving. Here at Gamescom, the booths are filled with adventure game delights. One such example is Gray Matter, a dark thriller developed by Wizarbox Games.

Gray Matter is written by renowned author and game designer Jane Jensen. It tells the story of Samantha Everett, a student and part-time street performer. After her motorbike breaks down on a rainy night, she takes shelter at a mansion, owned by the mysterious neurobiologist Dr. David Styles. She inadvertently becomes his assistant and is sent on an errand to retrieve subjects for one of his experiments.

However, she soon finds out that the locals are extremely wary of Styles, who has become a recluse after losing his wife in a car accident. Undeterred, she uses her street performance skills to entice subjects to the mansion, only for the experiment to set off a chain reaction of inexplicable events. It’s your job to take control of Sam, and Dr. Styles, to discover the truth about the strange goings-on.

The game is played like a typical point-and-click. You move your character using the mouse, interacting with objects in the environment. All the usual commands are present; you can look at objects, pick them up, and use them to solve puzzles. In the Xbox version of the game, you control your character directly, using the analogue pad to move him or her around the prerendered 2D backgrounds.

Sadly, we weren’t shown any puzzles from the game, but we were told that they would use Sam’s street performance abilities, as well as Dr. Styles’ scientific ones. We did, however, get a look at some of the game in motion. It’s similar to how the old Resident Evil games used to look, with 3D characters overlaid on prerendered 2D backgrounds. Of course, this being a much newer game, the character models and backgrounds were more detailed, with a dark and sinister-looking art style. The story also sounds interesting, and we were told that the plot gets even stranger later on when Styles starts to see visions of his deceased wife.

Gray Matter is due for release on the PC and Xbox 360 in Q3 of this year, which gives you just enough time to brush up on your point-and-click skills.

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Anti-Skub
Anti-Skub

@punkdsk8erdude Just in the last couple of years off the top of my head Tales Of Monkey Island Broken Sword Machinarium Two Sam And Max games Monkey Island 1 and 2 remakes The Longest Journey 2

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

the first point & click game i heard anything about in a long time was the recent back to the future game.. before that i didn't even know the genre still existed. this game seems really good. im glad it's coming to the 360, more support for the genre & it will definitely get more people aware it still exists lol. I didn't pick up the back to the future game, i'll definitely at least check this one out since it's on xbox. i don't play pc games at all..

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

I note that this game is finally coming out on the 360 and having played the demo for it a few months ago, I would like to say to you all that if you enjoy these type of games then this is a brilliant addition to a currently weak genre. This is a sure thing for point & click fans...

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

@dark_sith_ You are so right! I tried to give you a thumbs up to negate the idiot that gave you a thumbs down but the site wouldn't let me - I suggest you or someone else tries or it will be not fair that you post has a negative! I also have to say that I will have to buy the collector's edition as the O.S.T is absolutely brilliant - by the same Mr Holmes who did the fantastic music in GK1!

dark_sith_
dark_sith_

This came out in Europe a couple of days ago and the game is absolutely great. Sucks you in and isn't letting go until the end. Story is superb as is English voice acting. You could never tell that this was developed in Germany. Puzzles are logical and well thought out. You actually have to think things through, and some knowledge of English literature wouldn't hurt, but it isn't requisite for full enjoyment. It feels like you could come upon all these puzzles in the real world. If you loved Gabriel Knight titles, this one is a must buy. It has Jane Jensen written all over it.

groowagon
groowagon

looks very good. i just hope the story and voice acting is on par with the art style. the german dialogues at this game's website got me a bit worried...

that1guy67
that1guy67

if you like this you check out the alice games. they are not point and click but they do have alot of puzzles and a twisted take on the alice in wonderland story.

Rasputin2011
Rasputin2011

not sure how I feel about this one... Will check out a demo if one comes out

scubasteve465
scubasteve465

Now why don't they make a title like this for the Kinect? This would be a perfect genre to open up for it. You could move around, pick up objects and solve puzzles and stuff. This and crime scene games would be good for it I think.

romulus45
romulus45

Its about time! All we get at the moment is FPS, nothing wrong with that on the whole its just that before with the pc there used to be so much more variety. It used to be a hotbed of fresh ideas, and some of the best point an click adventures ever made. I remember playing Gabriel Knight and it had actual SPEECH! I was blown away. Innovation is missing, titles from the early days can teach the developers of today a lesson.

bodylotion
bodylotion

looks good but a click 'n point game must ofcourse have a great story.

bpifer311
bpifer311

For those who don't know, and which GS neglects to mention, Jensen was behind the supremely awesome Gabriel Knight series. I can't wait.

sylvaedawn
sylvaedawn

As an adventure-type-games (and RPG) geek I certainly got interested in this one...

TahaPrice
TahaPrice

i havent even heared of that

021-Vincent
021-Vincent

I'll Buy This Game For Sure !!! Can't Wait For It !!! :D

markypants
markypants moderator

@maitkarro thanks for the spot! all fixed now.

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

and it's coming to 360? awesome! I doubt anything will live up to the Kings Quest games of old, but I will be looking into this for sure.

maitkarro
maitkarro

Someone should fix some links in here. Your link to another game shoot' em up not adventure. Also someone made a wrong review in the xbox Grey Matter section talking about Gray Matter. This is the Xbox Adventure Gray Matter http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/adventure/graymatter/index.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gssimilargames&tag=similargames%3Btitle%3B1 and this pc http://www.gamespot.com/pc/adventure/graymatter/index.html I'm confused about this Grey Matter http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/adventure/greymatter/index.html?tag=related-game%3Btitle%3Bgamescom2010 on Xbox isn't this the the same game as Gray Matter the first link I gave and this is the pc Shoot Em Up http://www.gamespot.com/pc/adventure/greymatter/index.html Oh and you should know that the Adventure game name is Gray Matter not Shoot Em Up Grey Matter.

EA_LOVER
EA_LOVER

i will buy it on PC cant wait