Let’s Demo! Hector: Badge of Carnage

Some of you may know my hard-on for Tell Tale Games: they are, in no small part, responsible for the resurgence of adventure games, and their recent announcement that they have the rights to make a new King’s Quest game was one of the few things that have made me squeal with delight. While some people are apprehensive about them, my own experiences have been positive.

So, there’s a new Tell Tale game out, and I wanted to introduce you to it:

If you don’t have time to watch the first 40 minutes of this game, then here are my comments:

Who I recommend this for:

Casual gamers who don’t want a 20+ hour game right now.

Gamers who like point and click adventure games.

Gamers who appreciate a sense of humor.

Who should not play this:

Gamers who just don’t understand what makes clicking objects together and solving other people’s problems all that great in the first place.

Gamers who want more action with their adventure.

People who hate episodic gaming.

Replayability:

Low to Mid. If you like adventure games, you’ll likely come back to this once in a while. You’re also likely to replay episode one before episode two comes out. Other people won’t bother.

Story:

Thin, but it layering it on. Right now it’s just setting up what’s going on, focusing more on who the main character is, and what kind of world this takes place in.

Oh… also, there’s some carnage going on.

Atmosphere:

Fantastic! I love it! It’s great to look at, and you instantly know what kind of game this is going to be: quirky, with adult humor, that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Voice acting it very good, and the writing is top notch.

Fun Factor:

High. Because of the setting, and the atmosphere, and the writing, you’ll end up clicking things just to see how the characters will react.

Tedium Factor:

Low. While there is an odd puzzle or two that feels obtuse, and you may get stuck, the in game hint system (walkthrough included) assures that you can easily get through it without stopping, opening a web browser, and looking up a walkthrough on your own. And the hints have the added bonus of being written in character,

Length:

Short. It’s only about 2 hours if you power through it (a little longer if you get stuck on a puzzle, or just like exploring), which means you can put it down and come back to it without missing too much. But there’s a great hook at the end to get you interested in playing episode 2.

Money:

It’s 10 bucks. I have 10 dollars in change just lying around waiting to be turned into crisp dollar bills.

Hector: Badge of Carnage

Currently Available for the PC, and Mac for $9.99 and the iPad for $2.99

Check it out here: http://www.thehectorfiles.com/

And here: http://www.telltalegames.com/hector

Posted on June 3, 2011 at 10:00 by Jillian Pullara · Permalink
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