Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Jul 6, 2011
    88
    a very enjoyable game. The puzzles will keep players on their toes, and the story is interesting and entertaining. The price is totally right and for what you get; it's definitely worth the price.
  2. Aug 22, 2011
    80
    Full of surprises and crazy conspiracies Bigfoot breeding? Lunacy weapon? Fake moon landings? Aliens among us? Puzzle Agent 2 contains a decent story along with a unique art presentation and plenty of mind-taxing puzzles to twist the second tale of Tethers into a title sure to entertain and challenge casual puzzle gaming aficionados.
  3. Jul 5, 2011
    80
    Puzzle Agent 2 is by no means perfect but it does improve on the first Puzzle Agent and demonstrates the potential of the series.
  4. Aug 7, 2011
    75
    Puzzle Agent 2 definitely was a fun experience though I felt that it was over way too fast. Don't get me wrong; I actually really enjoyed the experience and for $10 dollars the price can't be beat. I definitely would look forward to another sequel. Puzzle Agent 2 has the right blend of suspense, puzzle solving, and Minnesota charm; don't you know.
  5. Aug 2, 2011
    75
    Puzzle Agent 2 combines brilliant story and clever puzzles – and that's the Holy Grail of adventure games. It does, however, recycle some of the challenges from its predecessor. [August 2011, p.50]
  6. Sep 21, 2011
    72
    Overall, Puzzle Agent 2 is something of a mixed bag. If you're a hardcore puzzle solver who misses the complexity of games like The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour, then Puzzle Agent 2 might not provide you with anything to get excited about. But if you're a casual gamer looking for something more charming than challenging, then Puzzle Agent 2 might be right up your ally, and well worth its $10 price tag.
  7. 70
    More puzzles, even more crazy cases. Puzzle Agent 2 successfully balances between horror and Monty Python style of humor. Better play the first part before – lots of connections to previous game here. [Issue#207]
  8. Jul 18, 2011
    70
    Puzzle Agent 2 is a little step forward in comparison to the pilot episode with a more involving story, better puzzles and a general good atmosphere; only too casual and too short.
  9. Jul 11, 2011
    70
    A weekend's worth of entertainment for just under US$10, or a week's worth of casual gaming. If puzzles are your thing, it's worth a look.
  10. Jul 6, 2011
    70
    The puzzles featured in Puzzle Agent 2 are not bad overall. They simply could have been so much better. Rather than being the perfectly cooked, delicious steak that you miss immediately after you finish, they are the breakfast cereal that is palatable and will tide you over until lunch time.
  11. Jul 6, 2011
    70
    Even with its slicker production, PA2 still manages to feel a bit more muddled than its predecessor.
  12. 62
    There are only 35 puzzles, many of them are poorly designed, and the story isn't too impressive.
  13. Sep 16, 2011
    60
    Puzzle Agent 2 does nothing to differentiate itself from what it's predecessor did a year ago. It offers the same structure, the same length and the same types of puzzles. Unfortunately, it ends up seeming more like the second half of a complete work than a whole new adventure.
  14. Jul 24, 2011
    60
    Due to its comical demeanor, childish puzzles, brief length, and its absence of violence and crude language, Puzzle Agent 2 would be best enjoyed by the adolescent demographic, or by those looking for pure casual fun. For the more seasoned puzzle fanatic, or those who would expect more from a name like 'Puzzle Agent', may do well to spend their ten bucks elsewhere.
  15. Jul 20, 2011
    60
    The bigger issue is that I rarely found the puzzles particularly challenging.
  16. Jul 6, 2011
    60
    FBI problem-solver Nelson Tethers is back for more of the same in Puzzle Agent 2.
  17. Aug 24, 2011
    58
    A cute, quirky, and almost-too-simple puzzler, Puzzle Agent 2 (mostly) scratches the brain-burner itch.
  18. Aug 8, 2011
    50
    Manages to be inviting without being too condescending. [Issue#112, p.124]
  19. Jul 8, 2011
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.
  20. Jul 19, 2011
    45
    If you were to summarise it in a puzzle, Puzzle Agent 2 would be a paint-by-numbers picture: formulaic, messy, and unable to hold the attention of all but the most easily perplexed.
  21. Aug 11, 2011
    43
    It's a poor follow-up: the biggest puzzle is how, with the Layton games to steal ideas from, it gets the basics so wrong. [Oct 2011. p.76]
  22. Jul 11, 2011
    40
    Releasing for a budget price doesn't excuse mediocre puzzle design, heavy repetition and a story with so little coherence.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Dec 29, 2011
    5
    A disappointing sequel to the original game. Telltale fixed the problem with bad puzzle directions by simply dumbing down the puzzles and making the solutions to them entirely arbitrary. The story starts off promising amid the same creepy atmosphere as before but then descend about half way through into weirdness and silliness. The ending is atrocious from any point of view. The original game wasn't perfect but it at least had the benefit of feeling crafted. The sequel feels rushed and more about exploiting art assets rather than any love for game play. The only thing that is really a positive is that the old characters (and some new ones) possess their own vibrant personalties. If you played the original game there is enough here to draw you in to see how the story ends and then by the end you wished you hadn't. The two games had potential and it's unfortunate that Telltale dropped the ball. Full Review »
  2. Dec 31, 2011
    5
    Compared to the first, the charm of this is really lacking. The puzzles are slightly worse, the characters are slightly less amusing, and the plot is less coherent. It's certainly not to the caliber of the first, but if you really enjoyed the first, you could enjoy this one, just don't expect it to be as good. Full Review »
  3. Nov 21, 2012
    7
    I really thought that Puzzle Agent 2 really fixed a lot of the major flaws from the first. Fewer ambiguous puzzles, more substantial hints, and better explanations. All around the puzzles were much better designed, and as a result, I had a much better time with this game. The major downside, however, is that this game is easier than the first. Even the game's hardest puzzles only took maybe 5-10 minutes. A few puzzles might be more difficult for people with no background in math... something to consider. The story continues from the first and I thought it was decent, but it's more plot-driven and loses some of its charm in the rush.

    If you were able to stomach Puzzle Agent 1, then this will be a welcome improvement. If you're a fan of puzzles, this isn't as good as the Layton games, but it's cheaper and still fun.
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