When White House inquiries to the Scoggins Eraser Co. are answered only with curious puzzles, Nelson Tethers from the U.S. Department of Puzzle Research is sent on the case. The strange events in Scoggins will challenge every ounce of Tethers’ expertise, and possibly his very wits too, with brainteasers at every turn: mazes, logic...
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Release Date: Jul 2010

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When White House inquiries to the Scoggins Eraser Co. are answered only with curious puzzles, Nelson Tethers from the U.S. Department of Puzzle Research is sent on the case.

The strange events in Scoggins will challenge every ounce of Tethers’ expertise, and possibly his very wits too, with brainteasers at every turn: mazes, logic puzzles, riddles, and more. He soon realizes that these - along with the clinically pre-occupied townspeople, secret societies, and peculiar sounds from the forest - are intimately connected to the core mystery. And what's with the gnomes?

Created with indie comic artist Graham Annable's unique narrative and visual sensibilities, delivered with the distinctive Telltale storytelling style, Puzzle Agent is sure to challenge, thrill and engage in more ways than you can shake a cryptogram at!

  • Plentiful puzzles to challenge your neurons. See if you can find every puzzle to solve the mystery of Scoggins -- mazes, logic, riddles, brainteasers and more.
  • Investigate the strange, peculiar and mind-boggling to crack the case! Your discoveries provide clues to the larger mystery crippling the town, or uncover puzzles that must be solved to reveal answers ... or even more questions.
  • Hunting for Hints: Chewing gum helps Agent Tethers think and solve. Find and collect gum wads around the town to uncover hints if you get "stuck" in any puzzles.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz +
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Graphics: 64MB DirectX 8.1-compliant video card
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.1 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 220MB
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 or greater sound device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 3 GHz Pentium 4 or greater
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Graphics: 128MB DirectX 8.1-compliant video card
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.1 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 220MB
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 or greater sound device
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    • Other: Not recommended for: Macs with integrated graphics
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Alex
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Hey! Do you like puzzles? Do you like animated stuff? Do you like Telltale games? You want to continue to max those puzzles in the next game? No? Well, hey, at least give him a try. He's so adorable!*crying emoji**heart emoji**everyotherfckinemoji*

But seriously, it was a good 3 hours I spent with it, some puzzles wasn't that hard (I guess for dumb guys like me to enjoy it) and there were challenging ones as well (but really, I'm just stupid, that's it). Oh, and buy it from somewhere else for 20 cents or something that's a good price for it. Also there's a cliffhanger, so I need check out the second game (oh god).

Rating: 5/10 on rainy days it's like 6/10, but recommended, if you get it for free lol. Otherwise try any other different puzzle game.
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Cango
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I played this game for 45 minutes. In that 45 minutes I did not read a single line of dialogue, and skipped forward through everything as fast as I possibly could. In that time I did 5 puzzles, most being solved in less than 1 minute. The rest of the time is unskippable cutscenes that aren't even dialogue heavy. You sit and wait several seconds as a character glances around back and forth, before finally the speech bubble pops up and you can click to continue.

The puzzles may be good, but you have to wait 5-15 minutes between them. I was hoping for professor layton, instead I got a bad lecture from a boring professor.
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nirgavish.com
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
such a cute puzzle game!
the riddles are sometimes repeating, but in higher dif. level, so it's OK.
very nice, well worth the price.
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Space Ghost
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Charming little game that has a fun albeit short mystery story to keep the player going from place to place. But the important part, the puzzles, are well designed and would play through them again.
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Harper
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
A surprisingly fun game if you like puzzles! Most of the puzzles were manageable without hints, and the storyline - while forced - was full of scenes that made me laugh. It was a very short game, but just the thing for when I was home sick for a day.
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samgamer454
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Most of the puzzles don't work on Mac. Fix this Telltale, even though I doubt you will.
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arensb
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Good premise, faulty execution.

Yes, the plot is rather silly, and serves mainly to tie the puzzles together. But since you bought a game called Puzzle Agent, presumably you're mainly interested in the puzzles, so that's okay.

Where the game fails is that too many of the puzzles are poorly described: either the rules, or the goals aren't clear. For instance, in one puzzle, you have to place tiles to form a path through a forest, to a goal, without meeting any monsters. Except that it's not enough that there be a monster-free path to the goal: none of the branches may lead to a monster, something that the game doesn't make clear.
In another, you have terminals on a circuit board, and have to form an electrical connection between them. After banging my head against this puzzle for half an hour, I bought hints and learned that the electrical circuits already printed on the board were purely for decoration, and not part of the puzzle at all.

With some additional playtesting, and tweaking of the puzzle descriptions, the game could be much better.
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kanaan
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
The puzzles are fun.

Prepare to be drawn into the story and then completely let down. The next game does not fix this.

8/10 for fun puzzles.
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Nightingale_001
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
This game is fun, and I think that's the only thing that matters right?

It's not as intricate as other TellTale games, yes, but the puzzles are decent (though the difficulty is sometimes odd, like sometimes it's really hard, other times it's something you could solve just by looking at it) and there is a mixture of mathematical-logical puzzles and puzzles that require intuitive insight.

It could kill around four or so hours in one sitting if you take it slow and enjoy the art, story, atmosphere, and optional puzzles. It has a very twin peaks esque atmosphere with a very unique art style. The ending is very much a cliffhanger so it'll leave you wanting to buy the sequel if you've enjoyed this.

I've played through it twice to see if there is a secret ending or new collectibles or hidden puzzles or things like that, but there were none. So it really doesn't have much of a replay value.

Still, a good time-killer for the appropriately cheap price.
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JoeTheBro
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Product received for free
I was gifted this game, but it is definitely worth its full price.

As a puzzle nerd, I had a blast with this game.
As a puzzle nerd that has always been bad with puzzles, the hint system is VERY helpful.
The animation is unique and fun, and the twist and turns of the plot are entertaining, and sometimes quite startling.

An honest 10/10 from me, would recommend as a great game to enjoy alone or with a buddy sitting next to you, lets face it, you're gonna get lost on a few.
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xsuperiorbeingx
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Product received for free
the game is short at about 4-5 hours of play. it doesnt matter though, the game was very fun to play, especially the chimney puzzle. Lots of concentration is needed on this one.
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Makina
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
I will never look at gnomes the same way again...

Grab if it's on sale, but not by itself unless you like cliffhangers.
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slayer1am
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Overall, I enjoyed the 3 hours it took to finish the game. I am glad I picked it up from a Humble Bundle dirt cheap, would not have wanted to spend more than $2-3 to buy this.


The story is actually pretty decent, starts pretty slow and picks up nicely in the middle.


Graphics have some appeal, makes you feel like you're in the middle of a children's book.


The puzzles are the main gameplay element, and unfortunately, they are also the weak point of the game. Most puzzles are extremely easy, most having very simplistic shape-matching mechanices. Some puzzles seem very abstract and require multilple hints to finish, since not enough information is given about how to solve them.

Many times I found myself screaming at the game, "WHY IS THAT THE ANSWER?", simply because the puzzles can be frustratingly difficult at times.

So, yeah, just buy it if you like the art style and story concept, and don't pay more than $2 for it.
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whitesharkhockey
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
This game is worth playing if you can get it for a decent price and are not a hardcord player of puzzle games.
The game is quite enjoyable and it's quite fun to follow Agent Tethers in his FBI investigation when you're a novice in puzzle solving.
However, be aware that the difficulty does not scale based on your progress in the game. Some puzzles from the beginning and half-way through the game will be much harder than some you will have to solve at the end. The end of the story is also quite abrupt to encourage (force?) you to buy Puzzle Agent 2.
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Cave Man Dave and his trusty pig
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
If you like puzzles then don't stop and think just get
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cg_destro
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Nice little game with simple but good visuals and voice acting and funny situations. Story is interesting and little bit uneasy as mystery goes on. Puzzles are quite simple and some other are almost impossible to solve using only logic and game information - based on real world knowledge like Pi number or something like that.
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Behn
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Fantastic game!
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AntonioR
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Playing this game is like solving one of those kids puzzle magazines while watching a silly detective cartoon. Puzzles are not very original or hard and there is a built in hint system, so there is no chance you will ever get stuck. The story, characters and music are all well done, and the game was very fun. My only real complaint would be the puzzle interface, especially the part after you submit the solution, that takes you out of the game world a bit.

There are some scary moments during the game, and if you like that kind of stuff, go to YouTube and check out videos by the author (grickle) like "The Hidden People" or "The Webb".
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whisperit
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Great little game. Puzzles ranging from very easy to very complex, but always solvable if you hold your mouth right. The comical story line keeps you interested, and drives you to purchase the follow up game.

Good for about 4-5 hours of goodness.
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Pulsating Brain
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Cool story with funny moments and the art style and animation are charming. Definitely recommend. It's fairly short, I messed around with puzzle free-play at the end for a while, I would say the actual length is like 2-3 hours.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Puzzle Agent is a Professor Layton puzzle solving game but with a story and atmosphere of that from Twin Peaks. You are sent off to a small town to solve a mystery of a factory shut down and you are soon thrown into solving various puzzles. There are a total of 37 puzzles which makes this game somewhat short. The puzzles range from being very easy to some which are difficult and have vague rules/directions - furthermore, some puzzles may have multiple solutions but the game only recognizes a single solution so you may have to look at guides/solutions in order to progress which is somewhat frustrating. Even though there are some frustrating puzzles, the story and gameplay are still very solid for puzzle solving fans.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
The Puzzles and atmosphere of this game is great, and can be very suspensful despite it's literaly sketchy art style. But it ends way too soon. Less than 2 hours to complete, and just as things are starting to get interesting, BOOm game's over, no real resolution, and you're left with massive amount of unanswered questions.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
The graphics are quite unique, and so it the story (there are some wierd ♥♥♥ gnomes). The puzzles are enjoyable and are a variety of different types. For such a small price, this game is definitely worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
If you enjoy silly things and solving puzzles this is a good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Fantastic game
First game I played with my wife (she doesn't have much interest in video games), which is a testament to good design.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
2 hour long puzzle game, puzzles are not very challenging. The graphical style is unique to say the least and you might enjoy the time. But dont expect more than 2 hours, so I would recommend this after discount, even 5 euros seem to much for such a short game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
The puzzles are perhaps a little derivitive, but thery're hard enough.

Fun story, atmosphere, and voice acting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
This is a good and enjoyable puzzle game. Got about 5 hours out of it which is perfect for a £4 game ($6). The puzzles can sometimes be tricky but you eventually figure them out and arent too hard, the art style is unique and works well with the game. The story is interesting and has a good mystery that makes you want to find out the truth behind 'The Hidden People'.

I have the Puzzle Agent 2 installed and bought, cant wait to play.

Don't wait for a sale, just buy this game for £4/$6 if you enjoy challenging puzzle games with a funny/intriguing story and good voice acting.

Rating - 8.5/10
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Can't stop until get to the bottom of Scorrgins case

Good:
- Very interesting dialogue
- Story keep up with Telltales high quality level, I can't stop until the end
- Funny and some challenging puzzles
- Hints system guides player to think clearly themselves
- Simple but acceptable graphics and animations
- Great sound effects
- Great price value especially on sales season

Bad:
- Jumpscare is overly shocking when player is focusing on puzzle
- 1 wrong answer will cause player lost perfect puzzle agent rank unless play it from new game again

Score: 8/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Immediately after playing The Walking Dead Season 1, I've stumbled upon Telltale's Puzzle Agent. Done in collaboration with Oscar nominated cartoonist Graham Annable, Puzzle Agent is great looking puzzle adventure game.

There are two aspects to Puzzle Agent. First is story and atmosphere. Dark, twisted humor and eerie characters will immediately remind you of Twin Peaks and other Lynch's works. Although the animation is crude (on purpose) and the whole style might belong in children's books, the atmosphere is horrific in all the right ways.

You are Agent Tethers of US Department of Puzzle Research. Tethers arrives to small, isolated town of Scoggins where nothing is what it seems and myths are colliding with reality. You will move around and experience the wild story by clicking on objects and talking with people. There are no multi branching dialogues and you may skip most of them, but that would be such a shame.

When it comes to puzzles, they're gradually getting more and more difficult, although never impossible to crack. Various types of puzzles are contained within Puzzle Agent: visual, mathematical and logical are all in there. Players need to complete 24 puzzles to complete the game, but at least 10 optional puzzles are available. Game also has a great hint system.

Puzzle Agent is truly a great indie game all lovers of wacky cartoon style, David Lynch, eerie atmosphere and puzzling will learn to love.

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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
This game is very passable. I love puzzle games but this one just doesn't stack up.

Pros:
1. Ok storyline, that was slightly intriguing and ended in a cliff hanger
2. Voice acting was very good

Cons:
1. The game was short with very little content
2. The puzzles were mostly very easy, with a couple of slightly challenging ones

As a puzzle game, this falls pretty flat. The game reminded me of the Professor Layton games for the Nintendo DS... a very, very watered down version of them. I'm ok with short games but when the content within the time span isn't very good then you have to wonder if you wasted your time. Hopefully, Puzzle Agent 2 can bring it together and deliver a tighter, better package. 4/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Puzzle Agent is quirky, creative, and charming. While short, it has many laugh-out-loud moments and despite ending on a cliffhanger, there's a sequal that picks the story right back up. I loved every moment that I spent in Scoggins.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
What I expected was a series of point-and-click adventures. What I wasn't expecting was the creepy but immersive missing-person mystery taking place in a disturbed little town. Another pleasant surprise is a peak inside the life of a FBI puzzle researcher. The puzzles can be unclear in their directions at times and the game does come to an abrupt end, but the ending is still satisfying because an important reveal. There are no steam achievements but there are achievements in the sequel, which I very much look forward to playing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
The game is unplayable on a subset of Macs due to graphics bugs, even when using a discrete (non-integtated) GPU. Telltale Games has known about the issuefor more than five years, but appears unwilling to fix it, and continues to sell the game as compatible with OS X.

Avoid the game, and the company.
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Great visuals and decent writing, but for a game called Puzzle Agent it definitely does not handle puzzles well enough. Some of them are based on overloaded incomprehensible instructions, incorrect assumptions or missing statements, some fail to recognize more than one distinct correct solution, others are too simplistic and tired to be challenging at all. Those few good ones left are drowned by the random overall difficulty curve and unwieldy interface.
Probably worth it at 75% discount for both chapters if you really like the art and want to dump a few hours into something mildly entertaining and undemanding. Otherwise don't bother.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Good game if you like puzzles or if you ever wanted to live the life of an FBI agent of "The US department of puzzle research". Funny story and challenging puzzles. About 3 hours of gameplay for this price is worth it if you ask me.

10/10 want to be a FBI agent of the US department of puzzle research again.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Puzzle Agent is a short but sweet point and click puzzle game.
It takes place in the charming, yet weird and eerie Grickle universe.

The game is pretty straightforward. Mixing up puzzles with story.
You won't find any hard point and click puzzles in the overworld.
Every puzzle is presented to you in a similair fashion as in the Proffessor Layton games.
You get a problem, additional explenation if needed and the puzzle itself.
You can use pieces of gum you find lying around for up to 3 hints per puzzle.

The story itself is quite mysterious and at times even eerie.
At certain times not much explanation is given to add to the mysterious feel the game has.

Go look up some of Grickle's animated shorts on youtube to get a feel of his story telling and animations.
If you like those then be sure to buy this game during a sale.

If you're still curious go ahead and watch this review, it's a good one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4SUYRhHC88
BEWARE: the ending is spoiled in this vid so be sure to stop watching when mentioned if you do want to play it.

In conclusion, Puzzle Agent is a short but sweet game.
A worthy addition to your collection, even if you're not too big on puzzles.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
The best game by Telltale I have ever played. However unlike other Telltale games, Puzzle Agent has better narrative and game mechanic. While playing, you will be spending your time either engaged in a trilling/spooky tale. (With even a jump scare or two if you are in the dark with headphones like I was.) Or you are solving challenging puzzles, which while some can be quite hard, don't suffer from crazy adventure game logic.

If you like Twin Peaks and/or puzzle games. This game is a must play.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
A fun little Point & Click game. Not very long, maybe 3 hours of game-play. I personally really enjoyed the voice acting and the characters involved a lot.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
I have a new respect for gum now.
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