Parents' Guide to

Puzzle Agent

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

A quirky and challenging puzzle-driven mystery.

Game Mac , Windows 2010
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Puzzle solving is engaging, and the mystery is fun.

I had fun playing this with my 11 year old daughter, and she played the second half without input from me. There was at least one instance of "dammit", and one instance of attempted murder (not violently). I wish it didn't have the curse word in it, but with a little parental guidance, no problem. The puzzle solving promotes critical thinking, and the story is also fun for adults in my opinion.

Is It Any Good?

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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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Release date: July 14, 2010
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Language, Mild Violence, Use of Tobacco
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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