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

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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Vicious Beast
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Half of the puzzles are just barely hard enough to be stimulating, a tenth of them have incomplete descriptions that doom you to fail on the first try, and the rest are trivial. The story's kind of amusing, and intrudes on the puzzles in exciting ways sometimes. Overall, provides light entertainment for a couple of hours.
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VADAM
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Puzzle Agent 1 and Puzzle Agent 2

I think in the first episode the puzzles are a little bit harder,but the story (in my opinion) is not as good as in the 2nd episode. I think in Puzzle Agent 2 is a little bit enjoyable .(In MY opinion).

Short review (No Spoiler)
The story is very intresting,addicitive. I think it was not a point and click game,because of story. Nelson Tethers (The detective or FBI Puzzle Researcher) is a funny guy. The narration is awesome,The graphics are very good. I like this style.
The animation was good as well.
I think:
Graphics: 10/10
Story : 10/10
Narration : 10/10


I think it is a good game and not expensive. :)
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Mr.StealYourWaifu
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
This was fun but I would like to see a deeper story.
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Ato0theJ
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Puzzle instructions are often the most difficult part of the puzzle. Otherwise they are often too easy. The fun story doesn't really make up for the shoddy puzzles. Worth playing if you got it in a bundle, but hard to recommend buying.
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friesen.carly
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
If you're looking for a lot of puzzles and a bit of a humorous story, this is a good game. The puzzles are mostly arbitrary (i.e., they don't further the plot, but they do allow the plot to progress) and a bit easy at times, but it's a fun and relaxing game to play to keep the mind sharp. The plot contains enough intrigue and humour to motivate you to finish and play the next in the series. Voice acting was very enjoyable, and I quite enjoyed the art design - good cartooning here.
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What Would Spock Do
( 33.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
If you like those bulky puzzle books that are sold at the front of grocery stores or the Professor Layton series you'll enjoy this. The art, storyline, and characters are offbeat and charming. I like that the main character is a dork yet competent at his job and I love how the female characters are as weird looking and interesting as the male characters. The gameplay is basically going from place to place talking to people and solving puzzles.
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Vekve
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
I didn't actually like this game, but I finished it. This is basically a easier version of professor Layton. Some of the puzzles are very hard, others you easily get on the first try, and some make you facepalm yourself. It's alright. I've bought the second game and will play that one too. At least until I find something better to do.
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nex2god
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Game and puzzles look great, Though there's an unused potential for a more nonlinear side quests on a map.
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Hannie Bananie
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
I absolutely love playing a game with good logic puzzles, especially if there's an interesting story to go with my puzzle-solving adventures. This game may not have the most difficult or interesting puzzles I've ever played, but the weird and off-the-wall story combined with an interesting musical score still had me hooked as I went around the small town in Minnesota trying to solve the mystery. It may not be worth the full price of admission since the approximately 40 puzzles only take a small handful of hours to solve, but if it's on a good sale, you might as well try it for yourself.
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H.
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Pros:
Comic graphics are well done and smooth
Storyline is interesting and coherent
Puzzles fit storyline

Cons:
Puzzles get slightly repetitive after awhile
Game is pretty short but probably ok considering the price of the game

Suggestions:
Has a lot of learn from Professor Layton titles :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Pros:
Comic graphics are well done and smooth
Storyline is interesting and coherent
Puzzles fit storyline

Cons:
Puzzles get slightly repetitive after awhile
Game is pretty short but probably ok considering the price of the game

Suggestions:
Has a lot of learn from Professor Layton titles :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
At first, I found this game fun and perky, one of the very first games I bought on Steam. I enjoyed the first few puzzles, and walking around, talking to people. But as soon as I arrived in Scoggins, I instantly hated this game.

The snowmobile puzzle and many others don't even show up. I had to waste all my hints and time trying to find out where the logs even were. Some puzzles were unreasonably bad, and flat out stupid. I am still unable to get past the time puzzle at the eraser company plant because nothing is showing up. I can't see anything on the clock, even though I know when it happened. A complete waste of time and money.

Another thing, you can't save or back out of the game until you're at the hotel, which is past the invisible snowmobile puzzle. I couldn't even shut down my computer, it was frozen on the Puzzle Agent screen. I had to figure out the invisible snowmoblie puzzle, which took about 20 minutes, just so I could back out of the freaking game.

Usually I love Telltale games, which is why I bought this one. But I was so disappointed. Don't buy it, it's a waste of $4.99.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Puzzle Agent 1 and Puzzle Agent 2

I think in the first episode the puzzles are a little bit harder,but the story (in my opinion) is not as good as in the 2nd episode. I think in Puzzle Agent 2 is a little bit enjoyable .(In MY opinion).

Short review (No Spoiler)
The story is very intresting,addicitive. I think it was not a point and click game,because of story. Nelson Tethers (The detective or FBI Puzzle Researcher) is a funny guy. The narration is awesome,The graphics are very good. I like this style.
The animation was good as well.
I think:
Graphics: 10/10
Story : 10/10
Narration : 10/10


I think it is a good game and not expensive. :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Puzzle instructions are often the most difficult part of the puzzle. Otherwise they are often too easy. The fun story doesn't really make up for the shoddy puzzles. Worth playing if you got it in a bundle, but hard to recommend buying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
If you like those bulky puzzle books that are sold at the front of grocery stores or the Professor Layton series you'll enjoy this. The art, storyline, and characters are offbeat and charming. I like that the main character is a dork yet competent at his job and I love how the female characters are as weird looking and interesting as the male characters. The gameplay is basically going from place to place talking to people and solving puzzles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
If you're looking for a lot of puzzles and a bit of a humorous story, this is a good game. The puzzles are mostly arbitrary (i.e., they don't further the plot, but they do allow the plot to progress) and a bit easy at times, but it's a fun and relaxing game to play to keep the mind sharp. The plot contains enough intrigue and humour to motivate you to finish and play the next in the series. Voice acting was very enjoyable, and I quite enjoyed the art design - good cartooning here.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Half of the puzzles are just barely hard enough to be stimulating, a tenth of them have incomplete descriptions that doom you to fail on the first try, and the rest are trivial. The story's kind of amusing, and intrudes on the puzzles in exciting ways sometimes. Overall, provides light entertainment for a couple of hours.
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50 of 51 people (98%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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