Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise
Until recently, Point & Click adventure games had no real place on console, they were seen very much genre only suited for PC and one that would not appeal to a console audience. I’m not sure why there has been a shift in opinions but in the last 12 months but we are all better off for it when we get to play games like Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise!
Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise takes a wonderfully simple approach to the Point & Click genre, with just 3 buttons to use; Look around (Analogue Stick), Interact / Move Forward one room (A), Cancel / Move back one room (B).
What this simplistic control setup has done has given the developers at Yak & Co. the time to work on polishing the game’s aesthetics. They have also managed to create a charming, gripping, clever and humourous (albeit ultimately predictable) story line. The world is colourful and artistic, and the voice acting adds a great layer to the characters, which means that Agent A starts to feel like the beginnings of a spy game that Ian Fleming could have written.
OK so it doesn’t have women in suggestive attire, incredible stunts, or Martinis shaken not stirred, but there are definitely similarities between the characters and the dialogues in Agent A: A Puzzle In Discguise, and those that we’ve seen time and time before in the James Bond franchise.
The game even starts like a Bond film, with a cut-scene of your character’s brief on the mission… To follow, and infiltrate an enemy spy’s headquarters, and that enemy’s name is Ruby La Rouge. In the next cut-scene Ruby La Rouge is seen “swapping clothes” with another lady in a lift, before then boarding a cruise ship. It’s safe to say I don’t think the other lady will be wanting her clothes back…
On this cruise ship your character also spies your Boss, Chief Ermin D Skies casually talking to another with no awareness of the risk he is in, but before your character can act, a bomb goes off and sinks the ship with Ruby speeding away. This changes everything, Your mission now is simple! Capture Ruby La Rouge, and find out who she is working for!
You work through a number of puzzles over the 5 chapters, providing subtle hints to the mission along the way. Some of the puzzles are very simple and can be solved with trial and error, others are more complicated and require you to think more. The game’s puzzles vary in both difficulty and length and while later chapter puzzles get more tricky, the gentle difficulty arc means you are still able to enjoy the game’s narrative and follow the story through to the end.
Sadly, there are no side missions or ways to play the game differently, so there is no real drive to play again. That being said there’s plenty of fun secret achievements to be found! Play the piano, enjoy a spot of fishing, shoot a rifle etc. take some time to wind down after all, this spying lark gets very tiring!
Mission Debrief: Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise is great fun, with a solid story line and plenty of entertaining moments, and some good surprises along the way. Unfortunately the game is easily completed in under 5 hours and whilst it’s a great workout for the brain at times, you are left wanting more… That being said, there’s been 24 (official!) James Bond films, so it’s safe to say there is demand for sequel spy stories, no pressure Yak & Co!!
Review code supplied by Popagenda