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When White House inquiries to the Scoggins Eraser Co. are answered only with curious puzzles, Nelson Tethers from the U.S. Department of Puzzle Research is sent on the case.
The strange events in Scoggins will challenge every ounce of Tethers’ expertise, and possibly his very wits too, with brainteasers at every turn: mazes, logic puzzles, riddles, and more. He soon realizes that these - along with the clinically pre-occupied townspeople, secret societies, and peculiar sounds from the forest - are intimately connected to the core mystery. And what's with the gnomes?
Created with indie comic artist Graham Annable's unique narrative and visual sensibilities, delivered with the distinctive Telltale storytelling style, Puzzle Agent is sure to challenge, thrill and engage in more ways than you can shake a cryptogram at!
Plentiful puzzles to challenge your neurons. See if you can find every puzzle to solve the mystery of Scoggins -- mazes, logic, riddles, brainteasers and more.
Investigate the strange, peculiar and mind-boggling to crack the case! Your discoveries provide clues to the larger mystery crippling the town, or uncover puzzles that must be solved to reveal answers ... or even more questions.
Hunting for Hints: Chewing gum helps Agent Tethers think and solve. Find and collect gum wads around the town to uncover hints if you get "stuck" in any puzzles.
Great, but shortFusionfan45 | 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 ReviewDarkpeing | 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 Peakscommanderhavoc | 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 shortomgtrent | 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!