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

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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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Frau Gakidou
6.5 hrs
Posted: August 15
This games kind of like an ultra bare bones professor layton wannabe, but the whole fargo/twin peaks inspired atmosphere and bizarrely endearing characters and art style makes it kind of really awesome. Disappointingly open and abrupt ending, I guess it was meant to be episodic, but then it got cancelled.

Pick this game up on a sale if you like Fargo, cartoon men looking startled, monologues and dissappointment.
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Bartololololololololololololomeo
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 14
Game is awesome for puzzle fans, and it has really good story!
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lowbrassdude
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 11
Puzzle Agent plays very similar to and of the Professor Layton games, multiple puzzles of varying design and difficulty linked together by a greater mystery. The puzzles themselves are different enough to keep you on your toes and satisfying when you get it right. The story itself is Twin Peaks if it was written by Stanley Kubrick, and is just interesting enough to keep you entertained and interested. My personal favorite characters beside Tethers being the unhelpful law enforcement, Sherrif Bahg and the curmodgeonly Bjorn. The art style and gameplay is the best of modern adventure gaming like Deponia and Broken Age, mixed with a classic text-based style. If you enjoy great puzzles and a suspenseful story, try out both Puzzle
Agent games.
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Holo the wise grenadier
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 11
Great story, intresting puzzles, not very long though. Defnetily get on sale if you enjoy puzzle games.






The..... the square root is..... the wispers, always the wispers......
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LightHawk
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 9
If you're looking for a low-stress puzzle game, or a fun quirky story this is a great game.
Pros:
-fun story
-interesting characters
- good voice acting and visuals
-quick and relaxing

Cons:
-short
-doesn't finish the story (story is completed in the sequel)
-most of the puzzles are super easy
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mikesanerd
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 7
Although this game may not be a tour de force that you'll play for 50 hours, it is a charming (if simple) game with a lot of character. It manages to take (fairly boring and standard) puzzles, and place them in the context of such a bizarre, unique story that you want to keep playing. The game is a riff on the standard cliche where you are an FBI agent investigating a bizarre crime in a town with a seedy underbelly (e.g. Twin Peaks, or any number of "detective" style games). You work for the FBI's puzzle department though, and the crime you are investigating could threaten the president's supply of pencil erasers. The story that unfolds is, well, just odd.

Pros:
+ Game is light with a good (if odd) sense of humor
+ Story is interesting and quirky enough to merit a play-through
+ Art style is interesting and fits the game's vibe

Cons:
- The puzzles themselves are not particularly good.
- The UI in the puzzles is sometimes clumsy
- The story is not very well-resolved in the end
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Owi
6.5 hrs
Posted: August 7
Fun game
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Godciaz
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 6
Puzzle Agent is a short fun game, with a good atmosphere and characters, along with a very enjoyable voice acting.
It presents either extremely easy or hard puzzles. Made me look through the wiki to solve one or another. Also made me scared of gnomes.
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Highfive
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 5
7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Puzzle Agent is a short fun game, with a good atmosphere and characters, along with a very enjoyable voice acting.
It presents either extremely easy or hard puzzles. Made me look through the wiki to solve one or another. Also made me scared of gnomes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Although this game may not be a tour de force that you'll play for 50 hours, it is a charming (if simple) game with a lot of character. It manages to take (fairly boring and standard) puzzles, and place them in the context of such a bizarre, unique story that you want to keep playing. The game is a riff on the standard cliche where you are an FBI agent investigating a bizarre crime in a town with a seedy underbelly (e.g. Twin Peaks, or any number of "detective" style games). You work for the FBI's puzzle department though, and the crime you are investigating could threaten the president's supply of pencil erasers. The story that unfolds is, well, just odd.

Pros:
+ Game is light with a good (if odd) sense of humor
+ Story is interesting and quirky enough to merit a play-through
+ Art style is interesting and fits the game's vibe

Cons:
- The puzzles themselves are not particularly good.
- The UI in the puzzles is sometimes clumsy
- The story is not very well-resolved in the end
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51 of 52 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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27 of 34 people (79%) 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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14 of 14 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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14 of 15 people (93%) 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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