A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This quirky game tells of an FBI-like agent responsible for solving puzzles. There may be no clear message to the story, but the game itself inspires players to use their brains and think strategically.
Positive Role Models
Nelson Tethers is a bookish, but likable character. His job as a puzzle agent requires a keen intellect.
Ease of Play
The game's puzzles can be quite tricky but you can ask for hints to help you through. The point-and-click controls are very simple.
Violence & Scariness
At one point in the game the lead character draws his gun and shoots at magical garden gnomes -- but they're not hurt. Players don't do the shooting either, as it's an in-game cinematic.
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The words "damn" and "damned" can be heard in the game.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An old man can be seen smoking a pipe in the game.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is safe for players of all ages -- though some of the puzzles might be too difficult for younger gamers. The storyline is more quirky than scary, but some of the creepy music and atmosphere might be a tad much for little kids. But this "Everyone"-rated game doesn't really contain anything to be concerned about, other than the word "damn" and the main character shooting at (and missing) some prancing garden gnomes.
Is It Any Good?
While not a flawless adventure, Puzzle Agent is great pick for players seeking a cranial workout -- and a refreshing change from the flood of unoriginal games sold today. Puzzle-solving makes up the bulk of the gameplay, and there are no shortage of head-scratching tasks to complete. Puzzles include piecing together ripped paper to read what’s on it; deciphering codes and matching colors; rotating pipes, aligning fuses, and picking locks; studying surveillance videos; and examining a school of fish to deduce which one has a key in its mouth. Occasionally, the puzzle instructions aren’t very clear or the hints won’t reveal enough information (or might just repeat the previous hint). And while some puzzles feel too easy, others can be quite difficult. Shortcomings aside, it’s hard not to fall for the game’s charm. Responsible for the distinctive art style is creative director Graham Annable, based on his indie comic work Grickle. Puzzle Agent is a fun, affordable and challenging computer game that will likely satiate puzzle fans. Note: An Apple iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch version will be available in early August, followed by a Nintendo WiiWare version.
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