Puzzle Agent 2

A good choice for any enthusiast.

By Daavpuke, Posted 04 Jul 2011

Puzzle Agent. Is there a game with a more straight forward name? It’s a puzzle game about an FBI agent that, and wait for it, solves puzzles. Agent Tethers returns to Scoggins, Minnesota to tie up some loose tethers around the case he investigated there earlier. The FBI has officially closed the case, but some sort of obsessive compulsive behavior leads the man back to the wintery village. It’s nice to see loyalty or work ethics are still low within law enforcement.

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Luckily, the game is not a straight shooter in all its aspects and the story is a true detective’s marvel. Scoggins has a friendly façade, but Tethers’ previous passing already proved there is much more than meets the eye. The little town will uncover a secret society within, a string of mysterious disappearances and even a bunch of gnomes. All these enigmas will be presented in a unique, chalk outlining of a 2D cartoon world. Additionally, the point and click mechanism is also a singular item where clicking a part of the screen reveals a circular area of interest points. Players can pick up on objects, find chewing gums that are used for clues, talk to people and find puzzles.

Naturally, these puzzles are the core of the game, beyond the well written story and character development. It’s all a giant plot device anyway. But as those go, at least there is a good change of pace between investigation and puzzle solving. The puzzles are lead in by an explanation, after which a board holds the problem that can be solved with or without using clues. Using fewer aides obviously is better and the end score is determined by clues used, number and attempts and all that. Other than that, only an inflated ego is really a frontier on solving puzzles competently.

Some of the puzzles are sort of hit or miss, but there is a wide selection of problems available. Additionally, not all hints are always useful and with gum being a restricted resource, that’s a little kick in the tethers.  And lastly, the presentation is a bit quirky with a strange choice of stop motion and touch and go voice acting, even though the soundtrack is proper. The breaking animation has a jagged flow and together with some lesser actors, it does suck some of the great atmosphere out of the game.

But overall, Puzzle Agent 2 is a good choice for any enthusiast, using a compelling story and a load of brain teasers to keep the cogs running. Even if it has some issues here and there, the chalk universe of the game offers a charming adventure and an accessible approach for both hardened puzzlers and more casual quizzers. And at a very reasonable price, it’s a nice alternative to all those professors with their top hats and annoying boy assistants; not that that’s a reference or anything. Also, the game has gnomes.

Daav Valentaten, NoobFeed. (@Daavpuke)

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  • Not a puzzle game fan but I like the look of this game. Specially the trailer bought me in. Also reminded me of Gemini rue; a similar game I've played recently. I loled when that guy slammed open the door and said FBI puzzle department.

    Now the problem is that games like this aren't mostly available in the game stores. I have to look at steam or any other source if ours forever @Daavpuke could provide me.

    Posted Jul 05, 2011

  • It's available through dozens of outlets, such as the Telltale Games website and such probably. Perhaps it's best to start off with the first puzzle agent though, as this is a straight sequel.

    Posted Jul 07, 2011

  • Thanks Daav. Right into the lead.

    Posted Jul 07, 2011


General Information

Platform(s): PC
Publisher(s): Telltale Games
Developer(s): Telltale Games
Genres: Puzzle
Themes: Puzzle
Release Date: 2011-06-30

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