Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Mar 18, 2011
    With its great graphic style and the mysterious, captivating music, we are led through FBI-Agent Nelson Tether's awesome story. The various characters, the abrupt story twists and the numerous puzzles, are combined a great game, which hopefully continues.
  3. The way Telltale tied together the story is somewhat brilliant, even if it's not entirely fulfilling.
  4. With sharp writing paired with a charming if amateurish cast, Puzzle Agent's appeal is rough-hewn, but improbably cohesive. Were it not so instantly likeable, you might not care so much about the fairly standard logic puzzles.
  5. 80
    With all of its ingenuity and charm, this episode is a great first step in Telltale's Pilot Program.
  6. 80
    Telltale Games has achieved to create an entertaining and full of humor game, full of intelligent, yet sometimes repetitive, puzzles.
  7. 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.
  8. Everything in the game is top-notch, except, of course, for the puzzles.
  9. PC Gamer UK
    The humour, too, is a little underplayed. [Sept 2010, p.95]
  10. PC PowerPlay
    A promising start to an atmospheric series, ironically let down by its puzzles. [Sept 2010, p.63]
  11. games(TM)
    A more casual and accessible game than the more complex series to usually come out of Telltale. [Issue#99, p.123]
  12. Anyone looking for the next Sam & Max or Monkey Island won't find anything like that here, but with Puzzle Agent Telltale took an intriguing step in a new direction towards puzzle-based adventuring, and the result has proven to be well worthwhile.
  13. 70
    Puzzle Agent's dark and strange story proves to be quite compelling, but the hit-and-miss puzzles keep this pilot episode from truly impressing.
  14. Some of that pleasure is tempered by an imbalance in the games puzzle progression and the reuses of a handful of puzzle templates, but with a little tweaking and another exotic case to be cracked, Puzzle Agent could become a series consistently worth solving.
  15. Edge Magazine
    Hits more than it misses. [Sept 2010, p.95]
  16. 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.
  17. Puzzle Agent is cute and charismatic, although its puzzles leave something to be desired.
  18. The fact that it's a "pilot" leaves hope that future installments of the series can address the few issues it has, and make it a worthy addition to Telltale Games' roster of titles.
  19. 60
    Perhaps, considering the industry's rampant "borrowing," it's a little unfair to complain about Puzzle Agent feeling gratingly uninspired. But Telltale forgot one of the most basic rules: If you're going to crib enough to be compared to a franchise as solid and beloved as Professor Layton, that's got to be a comparison you want to invite, and one to which you can stack up well. Poor Nelson Tethers just can't.
  20. 60
    Yes, Puzzle Agent is a nearly lockstep Professor Layton clone, but unfortunately its puzzles are not as good as its inspiration's stumpers. And that's what ultimately undoes Puzzle Agent.
  21. 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.
  22. After tons of really good adventures, TellTale tries to make something different with this Layton's clone that fails because of a lack of depth and gameplay diversity.
  23. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Short adventure game is based on mostly trivial puzzles and the only reason to try it instead of DS's Layton is for the visual style, created by Graham Annable. [Aug 2010]
  24. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 79
  2. Negative: 6 out of 79
  1. 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 imageryPuzzle 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.
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  2. 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 finishedNothing 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.
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  3. Mar 18, 2011
    This is a fun little game that suffers from poor puzzle directions. What I mean by that is that not all the information that's necessary toThis is a fun little game that suffers from poor puzzle directions. What I mean by that is that not all the information that's necessary to complete a puzzle is given in the direction and the rules. Sometimes, the information even contradicts itself. You'll read one thing in the rule and another thing in the directions leaving you with no choice but to do the hints in an attempt to figure out what the objective of the puzzle actually is. This, to me, is just a sign of poor quality control/proofreading. If you just accept the fact that you won't get a perfect score the first time through and focus on enjoying the story this game, while short, can be rewarding. It's a fun story that does a good job of setting an atmosphere for the game.

    Provided they fix quality control issues this could be the beginning of a fun series.
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