Puzzle Agent 2 Review
When Telltale Games and Graham Annable teamed up for the original Puzzle Agent no one expected the explosion that occurred. By creating a totally crazy story and matching it with fun puzzles and Annable’s unique art style we were treated to a fantastic adventure that was gripping from start until end. Now they are delivering Puzzle Agent 2, which builds on the original titles strengths and even manages to solve some of its shortcomings along the way.
The story puts you back in the shoes of Nelson Tethers, the famed FBI Puzzle Agent who solved the eraser factory case in the small town of Scoggins, Minnesota. While the FBI deems the case closed, there is a lingering sense within Tethers that there is more to be found in the seedy underbelly of this snow filled town, so he decides to take a vacation and crack the case himself.
Oh, did we mention that those creepy red gnomes are back?
This time round the story feels a little more weighted to the puzzle action which suits the game perfectly; Nelson and the strange folks of Scoggins are a loveable, albeit strange bunch that really deserve to be explored as much as possible. There are a few new characters thrown into the mix including a femme fatale character that will keep players, and Nelson on their toes.
The team have really paid attention to the feedback garnered from the first title, as we see a great mix of puzzles on display throughout the adventure. The presentation and execution of these puzzles are a lot clearer from the first title which makes for a much better experience. There is also a greater variety of puzzles which keeps things moving along at a nice pace and feeling fresh and invigorating.
While many of the same locations from the first game are re-used, it actually adds a sense of nostalgia to this tale of mystery. Walking into a place you’ve seen before and conversing with the quirky characters is always a treat, and helps to create a game world that feels much larger than only a two game franchise. That is where Puzzle Agent 2 excels - it tells a story that is interesting and worthy, while still managing to provide fun and challenging puzzles.
Puzzle Agent 2 not only builds upon the shortcomings of the first game, but cements this new cast of characters as one of the most intriguing franchises in recent years. The unique art style of Graham Annable teamed with the talented team at Telltale Games makes for an interesting game, one that will stick with you long after the final puzzle is sloved.
By Stephen Heller
Published Telltale Games
Windows PC, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad
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