Puzzle Agent 2 is the sequel to a game I never really played, yet I heard fondly of. I was put in charge of reviewing PA 2 for a issue with the reviewer. Puzzle Agent 2 has a lot going for it, an amazing developer, Graham Annable’s artwork, and the humor of Telltale. Though the game does have bad animations and some other minor annoyances with the gameplay. The nausea I get from the game stems from the graphics.
You play as agent Tethers, a special agent who has a knack for puzzles. He returns to Scoggins, Minnesota, because he was haunted by nightmares of an astronaut. The games plot thickens very quickly, there is conspiracy, disappearances and new characters, and the fantastic plot – that Telltale did a great job of tying together with puzzles.
I love the graphics when the game is moving slowly, but when it speeds up I feel dizzy, yet this only happens rarely. The game can look beautiful at times though; unlike the first game Puzzle Agent 2 has 3d effects. Those effects make Annable’s art all the sweeter. The game does suffer from blocky animations which can range from reasonable to unnecessary. In one scene Agent Tethers is chasing someone, and while you see the background and foreground moving fast, you see two blocky indviduals with no flow, which for that half a minute was the most petrifying experiences I have had with animation ever.
The gameplay is fun, especially when you have conversations and play the puzzles. The puzzles can range from enjoyable to mind wrenching. I almost had an attack trying to find out how to solve one puzzle than moving on to the next puzzle which took me one second. There is no “starts easy, ends difficult” type stuff in this game, only variations of easy to difficult puzzles which are scattered and have no clue if they have something to with anything, but that is part of the fun as well.
Puzzle Agent 2 is a somewhat flawed but satisfying tale from Telltale, and should be praised for its storytelling and puzzles, but not for its animations.
- Overall Presentation – .50
- Gameplay – .75
- Value – 1.00
- Innovation/Creativity – .75
- Other – .50
FINAL SCORE – 3.5
This review was based off the review copy provided by Telltale Games