I loved this game, it kept me going way into the night because I just wanted to see what the next puzzle would be, and it lent itself crazy-well to my style of 'playing for a few hours' because after each puzzle there was a definite place to pause.
The only puzzles I had to use chewing gum with were the ones where the premise was badly described.
I was disappointed when some of the puzzles started repeating, like the snowmobile one you had to do again and again, or the bug boxes, or the birds. I felt they could've done the same puzzle, but with something other than the snowmobile to have some more variety, but it was cool how they got harder, at least.
One thing that was screwy with the rotate-tiles puzzles was that due to the drawing style, there was really only one way each tile could point in order for the pictures to line up right, so it wasn't so much trying to solve the pipe puzzle as it was looking for the position where the tiles looked right.
The Roborally-like one at the end was my favorite, even though it was really badly described. One line saying "all the platforms move one square at the same time" would've helped tremendously.
What's this commandline? There were three green rows, so is that one for each platform? Do the platforms move just one square, or do they keep going until they hit something?
It was very ambiguous.
I loved the music, it was so moody and really gave the game that noir, twin peaks atmosphere. If there's anything to complain about it'd be the sound effects that sometimes played over it. Like the pencil-sharpening in the office, that's really obnoxious. It'd be great to have those fade away after a few minutes, or repeat A LOT less often. Sometimes I spend half an hour staring at a puzzle to figure it out, and those distracting noises make me grind my teeth. I had to just mute the sound on some of the puzzles to be able to concentrate.
Puzzle background music and sounds need to be non-intrusive.
And then there's the ending, O the ending.
What a shitty wrap-up of a story that was really engaging. What an anti-climax. Just as I was starting to get excited about the connections between all the strange events, *BAM* the game basically tells me "well, we ran out of time/budget so here's a brief cutscene and credits and that do not fit into the story at all and completely disregard all the character development we've built up. BYE!"
They could've done SOMETHING to tie up just SOME of the loose ends, or give any kind of closure. It wasn't even a cliffhanger, it was just like rolling the credits halfway through the story.
A cliffhanger wouldn't have ended the story the way this one did. The fact that the end scene bold-facedly tells me that I'm not allowed to continue the story anymore is just a slap in the face.
I was looking for a slot to insert more quarters. Where's the rest of the game?
If you're going to pull something this audience-alienating, at the very least announce the game as the first in a series.
The abrupt ending makes the game look more like a proof-of-concept than a pilot, in retrospect.
I mean, even the Bone games had episode numbers despite Telltale for some reason stopping after the second one.
This could've been written sooo much better to achieve the same effect, but without leaving me disappointed and frustrated over what had been a great experience up till that point. There's just no motivation for Tethers to abandon the place like that, and it makes the story awkward and ham-handed.
What, he decides to stay against all reason after almost bailing out on the place after his first gnome encounter in the hotel, but once the factory is running and he's close to cracking the case he's like "yup, my work is done" ??
So yeah. Great game, totally botched ending, make more Puzzle Agent games so I can give you my money.