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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About This Game

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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
What do you get when you combine the adventure and puzzle gameplay of Professor Layton with a surreal world heavily inspired by Twin Peaks? You get Puzzle Agent, a Telltale adventure game made in collaboration with Canadian Artist Graham Annable.

You play as Nelson Tethers, FBI Agent in the department of Puzzle Research who is assigned to his first field mission of getting an eraser factory re-opened. Said factory is located in the small town of Scoggins, Minnesota where you very quickly figure out not everything is as it seems. As said before the plot takes heavy influences from David Lynch and Kubrick, creepy surreal happenings mixed with just the right amount of humor make it a very interesting plot, leaving you guessing as to just what is going on.

If you have ever played a Professor Layton game then you will feel right at home here, if not then I shall explain. The main gameplay is divided into two parts, you have your normal point and click adventure gameplay where you talk to locals and learn more to uncover the mystery, and the puzzles where you will be tasked with solving something for someone or just to get past something and rather than the usual point and click style of searching around for items in an inventory it just pops up another screen and gives you a puzzle all laid out for you to solve ranging from putting together pieces of something, rotating blocks to line up pipes, finding differences between pictures, and more.

Now just looking at all of this you would think I could recommend this game wholeheartedly. However, for every nice thing I have to say about it I have just as many problems.

While the story has wonderful setup and great dialogue, including horror elements which I was not at all expecting, it sadly feels incomplete. I won’t spoil the story but very little actually gets explained which leaves you to question just what happened and in some way it feels as if Puzzle Agent 1 and 2 should have just been one full game, but considering this is a Telltale game that does not surprise me.

There are only about thirty puzzles overall in this game which is not a lot and while some are clever and tricky, there will be a few times you are getting a puzzle wrong because the instructions themselves are incredibly vague as to what you need to do sometimes and on the flip side there will be some puzzles that you could complete while being half asleep with nearly no brain function, trust me on that. Because of how few puzzles there are in the game it is also short, my runtime is around three hours and that is with me messing around or leaving the game paused a bit

Overall I wish Steam let me pick a middle ground between recommended and not, because it is a bit of a tossup either way. However in spite of the issues I had with the game and in light of its low price and thinking of it as the first ‘episode’ of the Puzzle Agent series I recommend it to adventure and puzzle game fans, and if you love the likes of Twin Peaks as I do you will greatly enjoy the little nods and references sprinkled throughout.
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52 of 53 people (98%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2015
First off, let me say: I come from a Professor Layton and Ace Attorney background. I live and breathe puzzles, but that's not to say that I'll take whatever I can get. My feelings towards the core factor of the game, puzzles, in Puzzle Agent are a bit mixed, but lean way more towards the positive end than the negative.
Let's start with the negative. First off, some puzzle instructions are a bit difficult to understand or are surprisingly vague. However, this only happened to me a few times, and was far from the majority. Secondly, there were some jigsaw puzzles that, if you've played the Professor Layton games, are like the ones where you have to fit items into an area without them overlapping. There are a few here too, but it's odd in pieces automatically click together when placed correctly, and they STAY together, which greatly lessens the challenge. Those puzzles could definitely benefit from a better system, especially one where the general shape of objects were outlined and could snap together even if they weren't placed correctly.
Other than that, I found the puzzles enjoyable. A few were quite easy, yes, but others took me a few tries and for some, I had to pull out a good ol' fashioned piece of paper and pen to plot it out Layton-style. Frankly, I don't understand how some people claim to have spent so many hints trying to solve them; I ended up using only 5 or 6 throughout the entire thing. There are 35 puzzles in all - I'll get to that in a moment - with 3 hints per puzzle, so with well over 100 hints you can imagine that 5 is far from a lot. To each their own, I suppose.
I've also seen people claim that the puzzles are placed erratically and interrupt the story, but honestly? I've felt that numerable times playing Professor Layton. That is the consequence of puzzle games. They WILL interrupt the story if you choose to do the non-plot-important puzzles, and even some of the necessary ones. That's just how it is. However, especially during the climax of the game, the puzzles begin to weave into the story a bit more cleanly than before, and in my experience, are appropriately some of the easier ones, so you can get through to the ending quicker without having to spend half an hour on one puzzle.
I think the game's biggest downfall for me, personally, is LENGTH. It is simply too short. Like I said before, there are only 35 puzzles. The average Professor Layton has over 100. It only took me a few hours to get through the entire game, and it leaves you on a VERY unsatisfying cliffhanger ending. Granted, it does pick up again in the sequel, but it literally goes right from the climax to ending in the first, with practically no conclusion. It was surprising, to say the least. Once the credits popped up I said "that's it?" out loud. I was genuinely surprised.
It's a bit cheap to me to separate these two games when it certainly feels like it should be only one, twice-as-long game, but I have no played the second as of yet, so I have no info on how the story of that unfolds or if it is completely related. At the very least, there should be a package including both games so it can be one long, consecutive playthrough without people having to wait until they get money (i.e., me) to finish a story that should have been wrapped up already.
The art style, characters, storyline (it's one of the "out there" kind of stories, but it's strangely fun at the same time despite its absurdity), and audio are superb. Music matches the in-game events wonderfully, but don't distract during a puzzle, as it should. I enjoyed the protagonist and the supporting cast, and their voice acting was wonderful as well.
I fully recommend this game to new players of puzzle games, or veterans of the Professor Layton series. It may be a bit clunkier than the latter in some respects, but it is definitely worth a good playthrough. You're bound to get some enjoyment out of it.

EDIT: Oops, I believe there are actually about 37 puzzles in the game; I had missed two during my first playthrough. Also, I'm going to add that I am currently on my third playthrough of the game, and I still enjoy it. I'm going to add that the game is somewhat fast-paced, or at least the cutscenes are, so even though puzzles will be extraordinarily easy to solve, I'd recommend multiple plays because I've noticed several things that I didn't recognize the first time around, buuut perhaps that was because I was intentionally reading into things because I was analyzing Nelson Tether's character a bit. In any case, definitely worth another look at if you enjoy playing it.
One final point I'd like to bring up is that of the somewhat "rating" system assigned to the puzzles. Depending on how many wrong answers you give (resulting in the anger of millions of taxpayers) and how many hints you use, you get assigned a rating of sorts. Perhaps unintentionally, but hilariously, there is some pressure on the player to answer correctly on the first go, so you can expect to unconsciously triple-check your answers before you submit. It's really not something to fret about - at least to me, it's more humorous than anything else.
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31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I really enjoyed this game although it was fairly short. The story was engaging and the air of mystery about it kept me wanting to solve the puzzles. The puzzles were fairly difficult at times (I was being kind of lazy though because I wanted to see more of the story). The difficulty level of the puzzles varied throughout the game. The end puzzles were no harder than the beginning ones. I will say that there were a few "light" jumpscares (if I can use the term "light" in regards to jumpscares) which while not particularly horrifying, were just enough to leave you with an eerie feeling. To be perfectly honest I bought it on sale and there is nothing I feel the need to complain about. Overall it was very enjoyable as a casual and lighthearted game.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2015
If you're a fan of Professor Layton, stop reading and buy this game. For everyone else, go ahead and pick this up if you like brain teasers. Similarly, the story is very clever, and the cast of characters are all fun as hell. By the end, you too will be jealous that you aren't a puzzle agent. Unless of course that's literally what you do for a living. In that case, well aren't you fancy, mister big fancy pants.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Cute humor, nice puzzels. Get it cheep and have fun.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2014
Interesting game. Some of the puzzles actually gave me a headache, and I had to sit down and scribble on a bunch of post-it notes. The story is actually really compelling, compelling enough for me to want to buy the second game.
Sadly, this game is very short, since most puzzles were quite easy to solve (some are actually jigsaw puzzles, come on...). Also, I cannot say I recommend this game to anyone looking for a classic-style point-and-click adventure like Monkey Island, Edna & Harvey, and such. This really is more like a stripped down point-and-click game, where all focus is on separate puzzles. This means no items and inventory, and no multi-room puzzles (the most challenging and best puzzles, IMO).

This game could be better if the developers would have made the puzzles harder. Perhaps even adding a couple of puzzles. But I suppose that for the itty bitty price tag, it was totally worth it.

Long story short: Good game, great story, could be better though if it was longer and harder (that's what she said).
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
Fantastic! A mix between, hm...Professor Layton and Fargo/Twin Peaks. It sounds ridiculous, but it totally works. The trailer is a perfect way to see what kind of atmosphere the game sets for you and the puzzles are fun throughout. It can be completed in only a couple of hours, but it's also only $5. Buy it!
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
you like puzzle with good and funny story?
then get this game, the puzzle is challenging and the story is great and funny
totally worth your money, get this game, seriously!
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28 of 42 people (67%) 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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 22, 2014
Puzzle Agent is an amusing puzzle game in the vein of the Professor Layton series on the Nintendo DS, where a narrative is played out interspersed with (seemingly random and often unrelated) visual puzzles which the player must solve. The puzzles are fairly easy (with one or two exceptions which are QUITE obtuse), and shouldn't cause most people much trouble. Furthermore, it's worth noting that the game is rather short, and the story ends rather abruptly (to be continued in the sequel). It's not a "to be continued," mind you, but....well, you'll see.

The story is....weird. It is to be experienced. It's kinda the point, and is rather surreal (in a literal sense). I found it amusing, but my sense of humor is nicely warped, so that's not too surprising. It might not be for everyone, but I'd recommend it.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
Great Fargo-like story with scary elements (yes, even in this graphisc). Most of the puzzles are quite original and difficult just enough to be enjoyable.
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7.4 hrs
Posted: October 16
Product received for free
Entertaining writing, with about ~5 hours of gameplay. The puzzles vary from pretty darn easy to requiring a bit of thought and some scrap paper. The ending was more abrupt than I expected, but that was my only issue with the game.
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Queen Dej
7.1 hrs
Posted: October 14
Played this point and click puzzle game with a friend and was suprisingly entertained. I never finish games (and I'm not much of a gamer either) but was able to make it through at my own pace.
Puzzles were mixed, some pretty easy, some required thinking and some were just plain hard.
Game provides hints and the story was cute and somewhat intriguing.

Definitely recommended for solo play (or you know, skyping with someone and making them help you!).
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Fugitive Mind
4.3 hrs
Posted: October 14
A charming puzzle game from Telltale with little in common with their other series such as The Walking Dead. The story starts off with intrigue, but quickly goes downhill. Much of the humour also fails to deliver among the ugly artwork. But the puzzles themselves are relatively entertaining, and the voice-acting is both stellar and somewhat familiar (e.g., Clemetine from the Walking Dead series -AKA Melissa Hutchison - plays a waitress in this game). Overall, I can recommend it, particularly if you're looking for a game that will only kill a few hours of your time.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: October 14
7/10 Perfectly Passable Puzzler
Far from TellTae's usual offerings, this is a well plotted collection of varied minigames rather than a point and click adventure game. This shouldn't be seen as a bad thing as it still delivers a good enough storyline with some humour and a fairly interesting set of puzzles. The puzzles are pretty varied with little repetition, but all of them are simple enough without resorting to cheats. I picked this up in a bundle with some old Sam + Max games, and it lay on my backpile for a while for once I got into the story I was hooked enough to puzzle through.

All in all, it delivers what it promises, and that's fair praise in the current market.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: October 13
Pretty bad.
Decent visuals and the story and atmosphere are ok.
But the puzzles are sloppy. Some of the written ones are ridiculously confusing when a lot of the visual ones are too easy.
It is also very short and has an unsatisfying ending.
The controls also weird at times and i felt like some of the puzzles were solving themselves the way the snapped together.
If you have ever played Professor Layton this will be disappointing as it is very similar but just sloopy all round.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 9
A great not too long game for when you're not feeling well and need something easy (but not too easy) and some laugh.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: October 8
If you want a puzzle game that is also a mixture of Twin Peaks and Fargo, this game is definitely for you!

I found the puzzles quite hard somtimes, but they are absolutely solvable on their own without any guides.

I totally recommend to play it through, if anything for the game's goofy story and characters!
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[PS] OldmanWinter
4.8 hrs
Posted: October 7
Puzzles are extremely easy and bland.
Go play a Zacktronics game instead.
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