Telltale Games is known for its high quality point-and-click adventure games such as Tales of Monkey Island, Back to the Future, Sam and Max, and Puzzle Agent.
Puzzle Agent 2 HD, the sequel to the award-winning, quirky Puzzle Agent, has come out. And if you’re wondering if it’s worth the buy, keep reading: the verdict is in. Now, if you missed Puzzle Agent the last time, this review is spoiler-free, with just the bare essentials.
In Puzzle Agent, FBI Agent Nelson Tethers of the Puzzle Research Division was a highly trained puzzle solver sent to a tiny town called Scoggins in Minnesota to solve a mysterious explosion at the eraser factory. In Puzzle Agent 2 he comes back to Scoggins on vacation to tie up loose ends.
Nelson Tethers joins the ranks of eccentric, funny and endearing detectives the likes of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and TV’s Monk. Dig into the mystery surrounding sleepy Scoggins by interviewing the residents and helping them solve puzzles along the way. Puzzles range from no brainers to serious stumpers that require logic and creativity in puzzle solving – old school puzzles minus the bells and whistles, if you ask me. Collect bits of gum along the way to earn more hints when you can’t figure out the solution, and you can use a limited number of hints with your bits of gum.
Puzzle Agent stood out from most games for its quirky art and impeccable voice acting. Puzzle Agent 2 is even better than the original, and you get to enjoy a genuinely thrilling ride with plenty of puzzles to give your brain some exercise. In addition, the game runs incredibly smoothly – the cut scenes blend with the more interactive elements of the game.
The dialogue is occasionally funny, the music often creepy, and Tethers is better than ever. The game is pretty easy to figure out, controls-wise – just tap anywhere on the screen to pull up an “investigate” icon or a dialogue bubble to interact with the characters and other elements. Plus, if you’re worried that Puzzle Agent 2 might leave you a little lost if you haven’t played the original, the writers made sure that you’ll be up to speed. If you have extra cash to spare, however, I suggest you start from the beginning.
Puzzle Agent 2 is a unique and satisfying experience, with the characters you encounter making an indelible impression. The gameplay might feel short depending on your puzzle solving skills, but definitely the hours you spend on the game will keep you thoroughly entertained.
Puzzle Agent HD ($6.99)
Puzzle Agent 2 HD ($6.99)
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