Let's get puzzling
Puzzle Agent is a cheap and cheerful entry into the puzzle/adventure genre but which is closer to Professor Layton than Myst
. It's got bags of humor and clever puzzles to entertain you, so if you fancy a nice bit of head-scratching entertainment, this is a great bet. You take control of ace agent Nelson Tethers, who is sent to the Scoggins Eraser Co. when it suddenly goes dark and fails to respond to inquiries from the White House. It's up to you to find out what's going on, and it's not long before you get caught up in a bizarre mystery involving secret societies, gnomes and other strange things. In gameplay terms, this is a nice mix of puzzles, with every sort of brainteaser imaginable on offer to challenge your noggin. As the story unfolds, you'll find mazes, riddles, logic bombs, brainteasers and all sorts of other things to entertain. As you solve the puzzles, you get a step closer to figuring out the bigger mystery, and it really is quite a satisfying and enjoyable journey to the inventive climax. For the most part, the puzzles on offer here are pitched just right. The explanations and solutions are set on the right side of cryptic, although a few venture a bit too close to obscure territory on occasion. The story is genuinely intriguing and very original, with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, while the cast is very memorable. The visuals have a nice rough and ready look to them, and pack a lot of personality, so overall, although this is a little short, it's rarely less than fun so it's definitely worth a look.