Reviews for Puzzle Agent


Puzzle magazine riddles wrapped into a mystery story

talgaby | Oct. 30, 2015 | See all talgaby's reviews »

Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent is an interactive mystery cartoon drawn in the style of Graham Annable’s Grickle series, in which you are regularly presented with brain-twisters usually encountered in (puzzle) magazines. The story is clichéd, but good: the titular FBI agent is sent to a small snowed-in US town to investigate a series of strange events, encountering a number of eerie townsfolk along the way. The plot is excellent, but lacks a proper ending: most of the questions are addressed in the second game. The puzzles are fun and varied, but most of them suffer from one of two large problems: too easy/short, or ambiguous due to poor design (which leads to the rejection of seemingly perfect answers). Not too many fall into these categories, but enough to leave a bad taste in the player’s mouth. Still, Puzzle Agent is a fun game to play, especially in the budget category. If you like puzzles and/or supernatural mysteries, then give it a go, you probably won’t regret it.


Great, but short

Fusionfan45 | May 16, 2014 | See all Fusionfan45's reviews »

Before starting this review, I would like to mention that this game is short, even for point-and-click standards. It's about two and a half hours long if you don't get stuck, and as such, I would really only suggest it on sale. I picked it up from Green Man Gaming for about $1 with my credit, and I can calmly say I was happily surprised. Puzzle Agent is a rather unconventional point-and-click game, with a highly intriguing story, wonderful atmosphere, and great art style. I say unconventional as instead of the normal collecting objects for puzzles, you're flat out given varied puzzles, that are different every time. Are you doing a traditional puzzle? Solving a mystery? Ordering logs so you reach your destination? The variety is very nice, and keeps things fresh. The story is incredibly well written, and full of twists and turns along the way. I won't really spoil much about it, however, this game does end on a cliffhanger that honestly turns this game into a vastly extended demo for its sequel, which is much more fleshed out, and has about double the playtime. With that being said, though, I didn't hate the ending, but it was just there. The buildup to it is great, but there are loose ends everywhere. With as many bad things as I can say about the ending, though, the atmosphere of the game is amazing. The seemingly-normal town of Scoggins is full of intriguing characters, and it just feels right. The way people speak, the way things look, the unsettling feeling of being alone in an empty world, it's absolutely amazing, and I really wish there were more than two games in this franchise, so I could explore Scoggins more. Graphically, the game looks great. Graham Annable's art style gives the game a really unique feel, and just adds on to the atmosphere even more. There's not really much else that I can say about it, it's shown off in the screenshots incredibly well, and looks very nice. All in all, I would highly suggest this game on sale. If it were a longer game, I'd suggest it at an even higher price than it currently is when it's not on sale. You owe it to yourself to check this game out some day, it's worth it.


Puzzle Agent Review

Darkpeing | April 14, 2014 | See all Darkpeing's reviews »

The Good: -Great brain twisters that keep you hooked. -Interesting story. -Great artistic style. The Bad: -Some puzzles are so mind numbing that require hints to complete.


Interesting story and good puzzles.

Kokuei | Feb. 19, 2014 | See all Kokuei's reviews »

Are you a fan of David Lynch? If so; this games story is definitely going to be your taste. The story doesn't really make any sense. Surreal is the best way to put it. You don't really need to like the story to enjoy the game though but it helps. The game was pretty much a pilot to test the audience of the genre. The game uses the Telltale Tool as their engine. The gameplay is pretty simple. You follow dialogue and then someone will come up with a problem which you'll need to solve. The problem will be a puzzle; be it math or logic based and etc. You may use up to 3 hints per puzzle and to get hints; they show up time to time as chewing gum as you enter areas. All in all; if you're looking for a simple logic puzzle game with twists and turns with the story; this is a great choice for an evening.


Professor Layton if it had been like Twin Peaks

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all commanderhavoc's reviews »

Have you ever wondered what the Professor Layton games would be like if they were done like the old TV show Twin Peaks? Well Puzzle Agent answers that question for you. You play as Nelson Tethers who works with the U.S. Department of Puzzle Research and thus has based his entire career around solving mysterious puzzles that the goverment every now and then gets. This time, he gets a rather unusual mission when he is sent to the remote town of Scoggins when the White House begins getting mysterious puzzles from the Scoggins Eraser Co. factory after they send letters as to why there haven't been any new shipments of erasers as of lately. When Nelson arrives in the small town, he quickly discovers that it is full of rather odd characters that all seem to love puzzles and always have some for Nelson to solve. If you've played the Professor Layton games, you will feel right at home here as some of them can remind you of those classic Nintendo DS games. This is a must have for those who simply love to solve tricky puzzles while also meeting strange and interesting characters along the way.


Very fun, but short

omgtrent | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all omgtrent's reviews »

A very enjoyable puzzle game set in Minnesota (I know, eh??) with a good sense of humor and an interesting story. Each puzzle is different with instructions provided, which is important as there is no set theme for the puzzles. They also provide hints, though most puzzles should be easy enough for most puzzle buffs, so it's really just a courtesy. The only drawback is the game ends right when you feel you're getting started, but it is indeed quite enjoyable and unique and I don't regret buying it. If you're looking for a "different" puzzle game with a good dose of quirky humor, I recommend!


Very fun puzzle game.

gforcesa | Nov. 16, 2013 | See all gforcesa's reviews »

This game is amazing.It's challenging and I've had some trouble with some of the puzzles but when you put your mind to it you eventually get it.The story has very interesting characters which are crazy and fun if you ask me.If you ever have trouble completing a puzzle you can always use a hint,but in order to get a hint you need to collect bubble gum scattered all over the game.If you are a puzzle person you should definitely pick up this game and scratch your brain.


A Puzzlingly Good Time

undercoverchad | July 9, 2013 | See all undercoverchad's reviews »

Puzzle Agent is exactly what its title claims to be. You play as Nelson Tethers, an FBI agent in the puzzle solving department who is called out to a snowy village in the back of beyond where odd things are happening. Your mission is straightforward at first, but slowly progresses into the realm of the strange. In fact, there are several points in the story that can be rather creepy. Puzzles range from simpler jigsaws to more challenging logic ones that may require gum chewing (the game's hint system) to solve, and are reminiscent of childhood days spent with your nose buried in a puzzle activity book. The graphics aren't the best - if you're used to slick graphics from the latest games - but there is a hand-drawn charm to it. That, added to the superb voice acting helps to immerse the player into the story. The only sticking point is that the animation can be rather choppy at times. So if you like puzzles, coupled with a short story that is both humorous and eerie by turns, Puzzle Agent will provide many hours of fun.


Surprisingly Awesome

thegaminglyfe | June 19, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

Puzzle Agent is another top-notch point and click adventure game from Telltale. Don't look at the game and assume it's a failed attempt by Telltale, it is surprisingly awesome. The artwork is amazing and it really helps create the atmosphere around the game. The voice acting is really good. The story isn't the best but does it's job. The puzzles are nice and require some thinking to get past. But some are just too easy and take only about a minute. This is one of Telltale's really underrated gems and I highly recommend you get it.


Another great game from telltale

DanielZo0 | June 10, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »

Telltale Games delivers yet another masterpiece with Puzzle Agent--a charming puzzle adventure with a mildly amusing story about an eraser shortage. As always with Telltale, voice acting is top notch, but this time they use crayon style graphics to set up a casual atmosphere that really gives this game a leisurely feel. Each puzzle is self-contained so there are no multi-level puzzles. It differs from traditional point-and-click puzzle adventures where you usually have to find several items or perform a specific sequence of actions before you can advance. Most of the puzzles are on the easy side, but they do throw in a few brainteasers that aren't obvious at first. There is a hint system which, if used, lowers your ranking for that specific puzzle, same as if you submit a wrong answer--although it is completely casual so there is really no reason to care about rank anyway. Puzzle gamers will certainly enjoy this.


A great surprise

Vahgrant | June 7, 2013 | See all Vahgrant's reviews »

I did not expect much from Puzzle Agent, I got it for cheap in a bundle with other Telltale games and it turned out to be a really amusing game. At first sight, the game seemed odd to me, mostly because of the animations with characters moving while skipping some movements but you get used to it and it gives an identity adding the simple design of the environments and characters which is kinda cool overall. The storyline and ambiance were inspired by TV Shows like Twin Peaks, A FBI Agent coming to a small town to solve a mystery while talking to his tape recorder, but instead of getting a professional Agent in a welcoming town, we see a shy and non-confident hero trying to understand a town populated by mentally-ill and weird persons making each encounters tons of fun to watch. The plot is both interesting, with lots of questions you want to be answered, and funny which is kinda rare in today's games. Moreover the voice acting is pretty good adding to the funny ambiance. Speaking of funny, the game is simply hilarious, between stupid scenes and dialogues you clearly cannot get that stupid smile off your face for those 4 hours you'll spend on the game, it is really refreshing. About puzzle, the game is kinda mixed, there is mostly good and not too hard-not too easy puzzles but sometimes there are puzzles that do not make much sense but these are quite rare. So yeah, if you love puzzles, humor and original storylines grab the game, it's cheap and really fun.


Agent Nelson Tethers on mysterious case

Shav | May 31, 2013 | See all Shav's reviews »

Even though the game is funny and animated, it really reminds me of some of the greatest thrillers ever. Seconds after arriving at Scoggins it reminded me of Twin Peaks, and other mysterious towns.The storyline is interesting and keeps me glued to the computer screen. But...lets get straight to the point - puzzles! The riddles are pretty logical but also not that easy, and sometimes you will have to spend some time before figuring it out. Puzzle Agent isn't a typical point and click adventure, it is more a logical game, but its interesting storyline and good riddles are its biggest advantages.


Pieces come together quite nicely

Harbinger_87 | May 29, 2013 | See all Harbinger_87's reviews »

For anyone like me who is into quirky narrative, strong atmosphere and logic puzzles to keep it all together, "Puzzle Agent" should be a match made in heaven. "Puzzle Agent" follows the exploits of FBI Puzzle Research Agent Nelson Tethers who is sent to Scoggins, Minnesota to investigate the close-down of the eraser factory that supplies the White House with erasers. Scoggins is something the Coen-brothers could dream up under the influence of certain substances. The inhabitants are a quirky people, locked up in tradition, wary of outsiders and obsessed with puzzles. As Nelson you travel around town, solve logic puzzles that most of the time have a paper-thin connection to the plot, take part in conversations with the population and... that's about it. No obscure inventory-puzzles, no dead-ends, nothing, the game flows quite nicely and you don't have to follow that one obscure train-of-thought that the designer had. If there's a puzzle, you can solve it by sheer logic. Or if you can't, the game will tell you that you can't. Apart from that, the story is quite quirky and therefore really nice, the hand-drawn animation might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it helps to distinguish the game from the competition. And the atmosphere really comes together in a "Fargo meets Twin Peaks"-sense. Problems are negligible. Sometimes the aim of the puzzles might be a bit obscure and all in all the game feels a bit... antclimactic. But if you're a fan of logic puzzles and quirky small-town-mysteries, "Puzzle Agent" is for you.



hellinperson | May 26, 2013 | See all hellinperson's reviews »

Puzzle Agent is a point and click adventure game. The artwork is amazing and it makes the game to have a personality. The voice acting is pretty good. And the story, while not the best, delivers what it has to. The puzzles are easy and not that good. Some of them didn't make sense for me. Puzzle Agent has potencial and it's a nice start for a series of games.