Originally Posted by Chris1
Interestingly in #2 and #3 Telltale started making the puzzles steadily more clever as the games progressed. This had an interesting effect, where initially I go from being put off by the game (with the fact that I've paid money for the thing being my only motivation for playing on) to suddenly getting into it. It's probably a good idea to keep the initial puzzle simple to give people a warm-up, but I feel the step up needs to happen sooner into the Episodes.
I felt exactly the same way. Bumblebees
disappointed me, but The Last Resort
was a huge turning point for the series, and Muzzled!
is simply briliant. I believe it's not only a matter of puzzles, though: gameplay in the first episode was significantly flatter. And those bugs really ought to be fixed!
However, I can't say that I agree with you: characters are clichéd, without a doubt, but they don't lack a certain degree of distinctiveness which was developed from episode to episode; and I personally found voice acting outstanding (but, I have to admit it, as a foreigner I'm a sucker for English accents ^^). I still prefer ol' Rabbit Dog/Bunnyman and SBCG4P, but that doesn't mean I won't have fond memories of this cheerful summer with W&G.
Oh, yeah, and - honestly - Mr. Paneer rules.