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.

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    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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Puzzle Agent was a very nice surprise for me, because I didn't know anything about Puzzle Agent when I started playing it. So I went in blind and was very much entertained by the charakters the puzzles and especialy by the goofy story. The game has a very distinct style, how the characters look, speak and overall it has a very strange but funny tone to it. So I was very much happy with this game and also the second one Puzzle Agent 2. I recommend them both, if possible both of them together because they tell one story.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Rather short and easy puzzle game. The story ends rather unexpectedly and leaves a bunch of unaswered questions. Not recommended for experienced puzzle fans.
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52 of 53 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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31 of 31 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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22 of 22 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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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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!
8/10
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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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einetragodie
4.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Puzzles are a fun challenge. They're simple and ocassionally require a pen and paper to better visualize. The story is silly and weird. If you want to finish the story then you will have to buy the second game because this one ends on a cliffhanger. Takes about 4 hours to play, so I believe it is worth the money.
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funwithaportalgun™
3.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Don't play unless you like puzzles, literally in the title. The puzzles get hard as ♥♥♥♥ too.
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Kevin
7.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
best game ever made
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Skeleton(How 2 refund overwatch)
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
great puzzle , too bad i am too dumb to solve it
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A Soviet Firing Squad (Nick)
5.9 hrs
Posted: September 20
Hello, I'll make a quick number out of ten for those of you just stumbling across this game and are looking for a number only. 9/10.







Now that that's out of the way let's get into detail on why I personally think it's deserving of such a high set of marks. For starters I personally recommend watching one of my favorite YouTubers , and his video which convinced me to buy this game after a steady *6* re watchings of said video.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4SUYRhHC88


Beyond that there is always the pure gritty details of the game itself.


It is a puzzle game, as the name says and this shouldn't frighten any would-be buyers from purchasing it due to complexity, in reality the puzzles are fun, some imaginative and others fairly average. All in all the puzzles are good in the sense they each tie into the story, as they should. Speaking of the story the story in my opinion is quite interesting, it has a mystique air to it that can only be unraveled by, well you the player. Your puzzle solving explains the story in depth and thus makes understanding what's going on much more plausable.


I'll take the time now to apologize for any spelling errors or rather tedious boring information or even overblown details of my review as I'm currently typing this at nearly 4:00 A.M. U.S. Pacific Standard Time.


Besides my rather atrociously long review I'll be sure to try to cover what I can right now A.S.A.P. (As soon as possible.)


What is the story? : You are an F.B.I. agent in the Puzzle Division, and your goal is to, you guessed it solve puzzles, without spoiling anything further on that front you're asked to leave your cozy desk job to go to a town called Scoggins, as you approach the town things are very, off or even flat out strange or unnatural. This doesn't scare you away as it's your job, and so the puzzles begin. The story throughout has a very fascinating grip on you, causing fear in some puzzles and a sort of horror vibe without every in my opinion truly overstepping the boundaries, now I will admit that there is only one particular scene of this game that truly did make me feel uneasy due to how they portrayed it but it honestly would go unnoticed by many if they made it past the eighth mission.


Moving on the voice acting is absolutely lovely, I love the accents of the characters differing based off of their culture or religion in some cases (I suppose you could say nationality as well but white is as white is, and everything in Scoggins is white with the exception of red.)


What about the music?, I'm sorry I can't hear you over this catchy tune playing from the game could you speak up!? But in truth the music is delightful, I love the soundtrack to this game, but for the more difficult (for me) puzzles I found hearing the same loop of what I might consider an "alright" track to be less than charming for when you're there on that particular puzzle for fifteen or so minutes.


What about gameplay?, have you ever played a Tell Tale game before?, specifically something along the lines of Poker Night at the Inventory 1-2 ? Think of that style of interface but much more smooth with a more hand drawn touch to it, it's very nice for me in my opinion.


Graphics?, Do you like hand drawn looking animation with the characters skipping a little? (Not due to frames but due to art style.) Yes?, then you'll like this game, but in truth the graphics aren't entirely great, but they certainly aren't bad as the art style is at least for me, nice to look at, I never had a problem staring at anything for more than thirty minutes, but that's just me.


And we'll round this all off with the story, well I'll put it to you this way, I'm a bit of an odd one as I love utterly to mess with people who have never read 1984 (By George Orwell) And saying how incredible "The thing" is, what is the thing you may ask? The thing is the thing that the main character, and everyone has, it is primarily known to humanity can be nearly anything, and isn't particularly difficult to guess in the right context, in fact it's so simple!, but what is it?, well if you made it over three quarters of the way through, let's just say a "Certain building" had our character in it, and in said certain building it was revealed what our main character's "thing" was, and how they used it in said building, leading up to "The This".


What does any of that have to do with this game? Well, as it turns out this game has a "Thing" and this "Thing" is actually staring you in the face the entire game as soon as you arrive in Scoggins, just like the thing in 1984 if you don't know what it is, you actually do, but at the same time you'll go crazy trying to guess what it is, I must be coming off as a stark raving lunatic at this point but I hope someone out there found this part remotely creative or entertaining, besides my gibbering at the end I hope whoever stuck along this far in the review found me even slightly insightful on this game as I would highly recommend it to anyone I know.


Oh also I'm uncertain as I haven't checked just yet but I believe there are actually many side puzzles you do not need to complete to complete the game itself, giving the game just that much more potential gaming value, I will say this if you're very clever and find this game highly entertaining you'll zoom through it in about 6 hours give or take. It's rather short, but the story is gripping to me like 1984 was.



Oh also for those of you puzzle nuts out there the hint system is 3 hints, you find "hints" anywhere you can, and you'll find them in the most.. interesting places. I certainly hope someone enjoys my review, and to those of you who simply couldn't bare to read to this point I apologize utterly, I had a blast playing the game, and I'm going to go pass out now (Yes I typed this up after playing the game, neither my passing out or the completion of this game are connected... who left that garden ornament behind me... ? )
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roskapu
6.5 hrs
Posted: September 19
Funny little puzzle adventure, even some quest were reapeated and the story is not rly satisfying. But if you want to solve some puzzles, you like the hand drawn graphic style and you do not have problems with english language, take your time and play it. It took me around 6 hours and now im starting Puzzle Agent 2 ;)
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[LUX] [SP] Acemcbean
3.1 hrs
Posted: September 17
Product received for free
A friend of mine gave this to me as overflow from a Humble Bundle. I got bored one day and was like "Eh, I'm in the mood for a nice calming puzzle game. Why not."

I was not ready for what this game really was.

The story is excellently told to make the rather short 3 hours it took me to complete the game feel like 12 hours, and the puzzles struck a perfect balance between being hard enough to be challenging but not so much as to be impossible. Hints are given out plentifully to help you from getting stuck, and I actually never ran out through the entire game. I cant recommend this game enough. BUY IT NOW!!!
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MaroonCloud
5.7 hrs
Posted: September 16
Loved it, funny, a bit creepy and good training for the brain :)
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Whitelunick
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 12
Absolutely stellar game. The puzzles were fun, clever, and intuitive. The writing was creepy but it also had a sense of self awareness and humor that was refreshing. Absolutely buy this game if you're a fan of puzzle games or just a fan of well-written short stories.

Only downside to this game is the length, but at such a low price that's not much of an issue.
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