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Cognizance v1.0
Developer   xaver

About: Cognizance is a horizontal shooter game that combines a traditional shooter with puzzle and RPG elements. In the first phase, you build up your stats by killing enemies. In the next phase, blast the enemies that have misspelled words! Be careful though, killing an enemy with a correctly spelled word will cause it to counterattack! At the end there is a boss: you can stand elemental tiles for extra attacks.

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Details of the gameplay:

1st phase

In the first phase of the game, some enemies will have numbers on them. Kill these enemies to add that number to the empty boxes at the top of the screen. Some of these boxes will have stats underneath them. Placing a number in that box will increase that stat relative to the value of the number.

Some other effects include temporary abilities like 3-way shots. The duration will be relative to the value of the number in that box.

See the in-game instructions for more details on this phase.

2nd phase

In the second phase, some enemies will have words on them. Your goal is to kill enemies that have misspelled words! Enemies which do not have words are safe to kill. If you do kill an enemy that has a valid word, it will counterattack.

If an enemy with a valid word leaves the screen, you get a bonus. This is worth more points than just killing that enemy and letting it counterattack, so it is best to avoid killing any enemy that has a valid word.


During the boss phase, stand on the elemental tiles for an additional attack.

The boss gains different attacks depending on the difficulty selected.


Killing enemies gives you points, and when you have the required amount, you gain a level. Gaining levels will increase your max health and other stats.

Avoid the obstacles, rocks and logs, or your player will trip and take damage.

Standing under trees makes you safe from enemies.

Get next to lazer cannons to make them fire.

System Requirements

Windows 98 or higher, DirectX 8, 32 MB video card, 5 MB HD space


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