Puzzle Agent 2 HD

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Mystery-based puzzle game with spooky tone, quirky art.

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Ease of Play

The game is easy to use. During the exploration sections tapping on the screen highlights anything that can be interacted with nearby. Dialogue is controlled by tapping a subject matter from a list. The puzzles can be challenging to solve but there are hints available, and the exploration is more or less limited to a single direction so that the plot can move forward.

Violence

There is very little violence actually depicted, but there are some special agents who appear with dark glasses and guns (which they never shoot). There are references to the sheriff holding Agent Tethers at gunpoint in the previous game, and in conversations one person is suspected of being a serial killer. At one point a man puts a syringe in the neck of another man and puts him to sleep.

Sex

There is one character who flirts with Agent Tethers, saying things like "I can stay up all night" in a suggestive voice, but there is nothing explicitly sexual either in the dialogue or the actions. At one point, one character is seen running around in his underwear, but it is a mark of insanity and is not meant to be sexual.

Language

Most of the language is G or PG, though there is one instance of "damn" in the dialogue.

Consumerism

When the app first starts up, there is a menu screen with a link to more games by the designer, as well as the first Puzzle Agent app.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One man is seen smoking a pipe. Also, in another setting, there is a shaker and martini glass, though these items are never used.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Puzzle Agent 2 HD is a mystery-based puzzle game, the sequel to Puzzle Agent. Because of some allusions to violence, mild suggestive dialogue, and an overall spooky tone, the game is not intended for young children. The puzzles are generally of a difficulty level that would be too hard for younger children; many require simple mathematics knowledge. The game is easy to control and is a mystery story interspersed with various types of puzzles.

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Is it any good?

PUZZLE AGENT 2 HD picks up where Puzzle Agent left off with FBI Agent Nelson Tethers still pondering the mysteries of Scoggins, Minnesota. As he delves into the disappearance of factory foreman Isaac Davner, he feels that the town is working against him, though few will say so outright. The game is a curious combination of a cartoon and puzzles, some of which are more integral to the story than others. Although there aren't any truly scary things, there is a general sense of eeriness that makes things feel not quite right as you play. The game has a lot of humor mixed in with the creepiness, and it is a lot of fun to see how the story unfolds. The artwork by Graham Annable (based on his Grickle comics) is fun and quirky, and the voice-acting is excellent.

However, although the game is probably best for teens and up, many of the puzzles are not terribly difficult. Some involve math, while others require either logic or trial and error. It is fun to play, but may be a bit short for the price, as there is little replay value once you've solved all the puzzles.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $6.99
  • Release date: June 30, 2011
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 142.00 MB
  • Publisher: Telltale Inc.
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later

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