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The Escapist Staff | 10 Jun 2011 22:00
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Puzzle Agent 2

Perhaps there's a reason Agent Nelson Tethers of the FBI is being sent to Scoggins, Minnesota, to investigate gnomes. Perhaps it's related to his employment within the Puzzle Research Division of the FBI. Everything points to Agent Tethers being an imbecile, but the puzzle here is how Puzzle Agent managed to be so entertaining. Players will have another chance to solve the neat (too neat, even - as though someone were toying with Agent Tethers...) puzzles while doing the right thing and solving crime once again in Puzzle Agent 2.
Read Sarah's full preview of Puzzle Agent 2 here. The game is due for release near the show for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Sarah LeBoeuf:
While I didn't see too much of the game's plot unfold beyond the basic premise, I watched the completion of a fairly simple puzzle, which gave me a general idea of the types of brain-teasers contained in Puzzle Agent 2. After inputting your answer (presumably after careful thought, consideration, and deductive reasoning), the puzzle is sent off to the FBI, where the nation's tax dollars go to work letting you know whether your answer is right or wrong. Completing these without using hints or getting an incorrect answer will earn bonuses, though it wasn't explained whether these will benefit gameplay or are just for bragging rights. For completionists, there are two different endings, which should give Puzzle Agent 2 a little bit of replay value.
With a promise of walking that fine line between challenging and frustrating without falling on the wrong side of it, Puzzle Agent 2 is definitely an intriguing title that I will be happy to spend more time with. The downloadable game is nearly complete and should be ready for release at the end of this month, and Telltale is even running a sale on the original game this week, so there's really no excuse not to jump into the world of Nelson Tethers, Puzzle Research Division.

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