Normally, I am not too keen on puzzles and "thinking man" games - this is the very reason I was letting "Puzzle Agent" rot away in my Steam Library for ages. Big mistake! I would never have thought that this game would be as charming, atmospheric and entertaining as it turned out to be.
I do not want to spoil much, so I am keeping this vague - but you really want to grab this if you have a knack for "Twin Peaks" or maybe "X-Files". The game starts off normal enough, but quickly moves into "weird"-territory, a point at which it becomes super-entertaining cause the writing is surprisingly fun and some of the cutscenes are hilarious. I was equally frightened as well as entertained whenever the hero of the story would scream in panic - I love those scenes, they are silly, terrifiying and absurd all at once! An excellent mix! Same goes for the townsfolk who are all a bunch of loonies - I love 'em all. In fact, I was so invested in the ongoing mystery and characters - I didn't quite mind the "actual" game which is basically a bunch of logic-puzzles thrown together, in many cases directly tied to the current situation the hero finds himself in.
A lot of those puzzles are kind of easy or to put it another way pretty straightforward. A bunch of them however are annoying, suffering from a too vague description or being way more complex than the rest - luckily you can unlock up to three hints per puzzle so getting really badly stuck is next to impossible. A lot of the puzzles are over really quickly too, and there is very little repetition going on - so the game stays fresh till the end. Unfortunately the ride is over way fast, so playing it short sessions helped me stretching it out over a couple of evenings - but it could be an excellent rainy sunday afternoon game - finished in a single session.
The only real issue I have with the game other than some inbalances in the puzzle-difficulty-department is the somewhat lacking animation quality - the game could have used a few more frames of animations at various points. But that's about it - Puzzle Agent is "sleeper hit" if I ever saw one, well worth it in my opinion. Gotta grab the sequel and get some closure cause this one ends on a really bad cliffhanger!