iPhone 4 Game of the Week – Puzzle Agent

By on March 25, 2011
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One of the best point & click adventure games on the App Store.

Good: Oldschool "Lucas Art" like point & click adventure, Nice artistic design
Bad: Nothing really.
Price: AED 19
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The era of point & click games is near obsolete. But Thanks to the iPhone we’ve seen a revival of the gameplay take wide acceptance. The Secret of Monkey Island has seen itself come back in new form complete with voice over & 3D rendering. But what makes this game rightfully stand on its own is the creativity and ingenious approach of the people behind the game. Firstly you got Telltale games consisting of the original think tank from Lucas Arts who, over a decade and half, have given us games like Monkey island, Sam & Max series, Wallace & Gromit, Poker Night at the Inventory (a crossover poker game featuring their own mascots alongside Valve’s Team Fortress 2), and the webcomic Penny Arcade.

In June 2010, Telltale announced that they had secured licenses with NBC Universal to develop two episodic series based on Back to the Future and Jurassic Park.

Further series based on licensed properties were announced in February 2011, including series based on the comic book series The Walking Dead and Fables in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment and a series based on the early King’s Quest adventure games by Sierra On-Line.

Telltale as a developer follow the episodic game philosophy and are acknowledged by critics as the only who happen to be getting the formula right. So things are looking pretty sunny for them as is evident with the recent critical acclaim the Back to the Future games are garnering.

Coming back to their new IP Puzzle Agent, which is a collaboration with indie comic artist Graham Annabel. The game claims to be influenced heavily by the works of David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and the Coen brothers (most notably Fargo) and in my humble opinion, also the X-files. So if you ever thought movies like Mulholland drive, Eyes Wide Shut and The Big Lebowski should have been translated into games, well here’s your twisted dark fantasy come true.

The game follows a linear adventure/puzzle format with humorous well drawn out cutscenes with spot-on voiceovers. Fans of the Professor Layton series should feel right at home for it seems to be a homage to Level5, whereas they opted for the quaint English countryside, Puzzle Agents treads on American soil around the town of Scoggins, Minnesota.

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