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  • Summary: Take the Professor Layton games, throw in a dash of that Telltale humor, and layer on top the sharp artwork of renowned artist and animator Graham Annable, and you get Puzzle Agent, an episodic puzzle adventure. [GameSpot]
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Nelson Tethers is also smart enough to mock itself for the frequency with which puzzles unnecessary crop up: The hotel owner doesn't see anything odd in the fact that her assistant wrote your room key down in code, but Tethers roll his eyes before rolling up his sleeves and tackling another puzzle.
  2. 80
    With all of its ingenuity and charm, this episode is a great first step in Telltale's Pilot Program.
  3. Puzzle Agent is an incredibly fun and well made puzzle focused adventure game. When you play as FBI Agent Nelsen Tethers, and solve the mysteries surrounding a factory in Minnesota, you can't help but be impressed by the game's good puzzles, great story and fun atmosphere.
  4. A promising start to an atmospheric series, ironically let down by its puzzles. [Sept 2010, p.63]
  5. 67
    Aside from a handful of disappointing puzzles, however, I still see loads of potential in Puzzle Agent. Its goofy, Coen-brothers-do-Twin Peaks storyline kept me glued to my computer monitor for the roughly three hours it takes to finish the game.
  6. Coming from the Prof. Layton school, Puzzle Agent is a good experiment as for the artistic direction but it lacks in is most important part, the puzzles. More inspired riddles and a bigger attention in its development could given life to a better game. A sufficient start for the series, though.
  7. If you're a puzzle fan, then the game does have some thought-provoking puzzles; however, it moves so slowly, you might not be able to stay awake long enough to get to them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jun 21, 2014
    My boyfriend and I loved this game! It has a fun story, its full of jokes, and has this ambient mystery vibe. Seriously, it's easy to get startled! I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoys puzzles and mysteries. Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2012
    Puzzle Agent is a solid puzzle game with a unique setting and good sense of humor. Each of the puzzles is stand alone, so you wont have to go pixel hunting like you do with other puzzle games. The instructions are adequate, as figuring out the rules to the game is part of the challenge. My only complaints would be the games short length and the level of difficulty. Most players who are familiar with genre won't be tempted to click on the hint button and will get a perfect score without too much difficulty. Expand
  3. Apr 28, 2013
    Puzzles in this game are actually pretty simple and not challenging at all, but the plot is really good. you might finish it in one sitting just to find out what happens next. it's a pretty short game (1~2 hours) and low replay value, it's $5 currently on steam, so i don't know if i can recommend it for that price because it's so short, but if you can grab it on steam sale, definitely worth checking out. Expand
  4. Jul 1, 2013
    There's a mix of good and bad puzzles in here. With the good ones you'll feel pretty clever after a good bit of head scratching. The bad ones end up just feeling tedious. The jigsaw puzzles, for example, are mostly solved by dragging pieces atop each other at random and hoping they "snap" (signalling a proper fit). Some of the other puzzles can be frustrating in that the directions or rules are poorly defined. Aside from the puzzles, the graphical style (which looks like crayon drawings) is really fun to look at, and the voice acting is tip top. Expand
  5. Sep 11, 2010
    Puzzle Agent is apparently the first of some new "pilot project" from Telltale to test new kinds of gaming, and while the hand-drawn imagery has its own undeniable charm, the game suffers in on particular other way: It's WAY too short!

    The story of FBI agent Nelson Tethers, and his investigation in the quiet town of Scoggins is interesting, if a bit hard to understand at times. You immediately get the feeling that something isn't right in this town, but when the game ends, you still don't really know what happened, and that's highly unsatisfying. The eerie music helps the atmosphere, and along with the unique graphics at times scares the **** out of you.

    The puzzles themselves are pretty decent, and range from "ahhhh.... yes of course!" to "how the hell was I supposed to know that?!" Luckily, you have a hint system which often provides relevant clues without giving away the solution.

    In the end, Puzzle Agent is a fun little game with unique graphics, nice music and an intriguing, if ultimately unsatisfying, story. But it's simply too short to be worth the money, which is a shame.
  6. Oct 20, 2012
    Nothing much to say about this game: it's extremely short - i don't know why it was divided into 2 parts (to make more money?): i've finished it in 2 hours (if even that). The puzzles are boring (it is not an Quest or Adventure game - don't be fooled), just what it says - a puzzler. The hints are basically unlimited and rightly so - i could really not get several puzzles at all. AT ALL! There was no logic behind them.
    The only thing that kept me going through the game was the cartoon and the story. I will not say that the story is great - but it has this suspense to it, the humor, and lots of potential - which, unfortunately, is never realized.
    The voice-over is not bad. The characters are ok too.
    A really mediocre, short, and not really fun game.
  7. Jan 3, 2012
    Vaguely interesting game, if you like puzzles. The story is humorous, the art appealing, and the ease of dropping into the game and out of it was nice. However, the puzzles leave a lot to be desired, either being way too easy to be worth it, or having several non-unique answers, and for reasons of its own not accepting the one it was given. The end (which came WAY too early, we might have spent 2 hours on the game, max) left my wife sputtering, as you were just getting into the plot. Should have been called Puzzle Agent, part 1, to make it obvious that there was not even the vaguest resemblance of a conclusion at the end of it. Not recommended. Expand

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