Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business
A classic point and click adventure game, featuring weird and wonderful characters, beautiful animation and a fantastic soundtrack. "It is quite possibly one of the finest point-and-click comedy murder mystery adventure games set in Victorian London you will play today" - Bertram...
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Very Positive (204 reviews) - 90% of the 204 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 2, 2015

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The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle is a traditional 2D point and click adventure game that mixes the classic formula up with riveting action elements all weaved together lovingly by Rumpus Animation.

"It is quite possibly one of the finest point-and-click comedy murder mystery adventure games set in Victorian London you will play today" - Bertram Fiddle

Explore a quirky Victorian London inhabited by strange characters, with even stranger noses, as self proclaimed leading explorator, Bertram Fiddle, finds himself in a bit of pickle. You must help him follow the clues and track down the elusive serial killer known only as Geoff the Murderer before he strikes again. Wander the murky and mysterious streets and alleyways of Old London Town... but be careful whom you bump in to...
Watch in stunned disbelief as the story, and your mind, unravels before your very eyes in this animated interactive adventure!

- An intriguing, dark humoured murder mystery filled with intrigue, dark humour, murder and mystery
- Beautifully animated interactions
- Over 30 locations to explore
- An original soundtrack composed by Cam Reynolds inspired by 1970s B movies
- Unique Voice Acting
- Riveting action sequences
- Terrible puns!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OSX Mountain Lion (10.8)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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49 of 63 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
This game was reviewed using a code sent by the developer.

A bumbling English gentleman goes on an adventure to discovery the mystery murderer.

I have to say, I did have a lot of fun, and I found myself laughing out loud at times at the dialogue. I have a lot of time for games that actually include voice acting in point and click adventures, as they really make it a better experience, and Bertram Fiddle's dialog is extra special with the witty English humour, puns and plenty of pop-culture references.

Story is well presented. The game starts out with your characters wife (I assume it's his wife) ordering you to get a proper job, but first she sends you on an errand, to get her dog groomed! This is when the plot starts! This is the first part of what I assume to be three or four more games.

Controls, these are pretty much a formality. Point and click with your mouse to interact with objects. There is standard inventory system too. I didn’t like how some of the item combinations were really random, and it took me looking up one or two of the answers in order for me to progress

This episode took me roughly an hour and a half to complete, which is standard it seems for an episodic type game. I am really looking forward to episode 2 now!
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2015
After almost 2 hours I managed to finish espisode one. I realy enjoyed the humor and art style. Sometimes walking within the game can be a bit tedious. It is also quite a short game currently. Although, the soundtrack almost makes it worth the purchase alone... Well worth it if you get it now for just over 4 US dollars. But the original asking price seems to be a bit steep with the current ammount of features.

TL;DR: worth it if you can buy it on sale.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2015
The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle is a game that should be one of the most popular games on Steam. I cannot believe (at the time of writing this review) there have only been 3 reviews, because I know that not everyone writes reviews for games, but there are still only about 30 people who have bought it. Its MADNESS! Anyways, on with this review:

Its a hilarious point & click adventure set in Victorian London 1884, featuring adventurer Bertram Fiddle and his sidekick Gavin as they try to solve the case of Geoff the Murderer. There were a few puzzles, but they weren't too easy or too hard. I really loved the humour and the way the story all came together. I can't wait for the next episode.

OVERALL VERDICT: I really enjoyed this game, and can't wait for the next episode!
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015

= easy

-extremely short
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
Enjoyable point & click adventure.

It plays nice: the voiceovers are great, soundwork is nice, writing is good, animation is good, gameplay is nice if a bit short (~90 minutes or so), you have to enjoy puns (beware the alley-gate-oar).
It runs in 1280x720 (or in 848x480, which is presumably good for tablets?) and it runs well on my old XP box, so that's nice.

I'd say it's priced about right for what it delivers.
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
The graphics are fun and quirky but the game was far too easy to be enjoyable; a young child of 6 years old on the other hand would probably love it. However, due to the double entendres throughout the game, I question whether it would be suitable for them either.

As each chapter progresses, the inventory becomes empty each time, making the puzzles extremely straight forward and linear. If the items were more obscure, It would encourage the user to think a bit more for themselves. It would definitely help one to engage with the story. I like a challenge!

Due to the short length of the game, I didn't feel like I got to 'know' the characters enough to really like or connect with them. Bertram's voice was like nails on a chalk board but I could put up with his whines if the murder investigation had more twists and turns, allowing his 'hoity toity', humourous personality to shine through.

If the sequel encapsulated more of the above, I would definitely give the franchise another chance because the potential is there for a good game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2015
A fun point and click. The art style is enjoyable, the voice acting was on point, and the puns, OH THE PUNS! I had fun playing all though a little to easy and kinda short. I cant wait for more chapters to come out in the future.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
A very amusing, but short, point and click puzzle game. The art style is what interested me in the first place and it didn't disappoint me. The art style and the characters are all very charming to watch and listen to. The huge amount of terrible puns are very amusing to me, but I can understand if that's something you'd find to be annoying and grating. The story is mildly interesting, but it's the way it's portrayed that was very good, or at the least laughably bad, depending on your taste. Not many different mechanics are used, mostly just pointing and clicking and at one point you're forced to do a chase sequence which I really didn't see coming.
Whilst playing I noticed only one bug, heads that didn't move with the body, and at one point my game froze, but that was very easy to fix. I didn't notice anything else.
This game doesn't have very high system requirements. Settings you can choose on the other hand are very limited; music on/off, subtitles on/off, a few screen resolutions options and some not very clear graphics quality options. There are only two problems I have with this game. Why is the frame rate locked at 60 fps? Also, this game is very short two and a halve hours at the most. (If you really suck, or your house catches fire or something)
Honestly, I'm going to recommend this game, but I'd wait for a sale. I think there just not enough game to warrant the price at which it is sold. If there's a sale or it's sold in a bundle with the other episodes, than I'd fully recommend The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2015
Generally speaking I just don't have the sort of brain that does me much good when it comes to adventure games and their unique brand of logic - that being said, this particular title came into my possession via a bundle, and against my better judgment I decided to give it a quick whirl.

As it happens, I wound up playing it straight through to the end in one go; not a major accomplishment, since the episode doesn't last much beyond an hour or two, but aside from the occasional "oh, wait, the screen scrolls further here?" moment the pieces fit together in a way that even my point-n-click-challenged cranium could keep up with, and the quirkily appealing artwork and voice acting (just beware, when the trailer mentions copious groan-worthy puns, it means it) did a good job of selling the cartoonish Victorian pomposity that this brief, silly detective caper is built upon.

I can only imagine that Lucasarts veterans and the like will be left wanting here, but if, like me, you're the sort who's always had trouble wrapping your head around this storied genre you'll likely be looking forward to the next episode - there are certainly worse ways to waste a bit of free time, especially if you just so happen to save a few bucks in the process.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2015
Really fun game good puns great animations and easy to moderate puzzles. Here is a video of me playing the first chapter of episode one take a look to get a small taste of what the game and gameplay is like

expected puns there were decent puns ... so far

now it is an 8.5/10
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10.4 hrs
Posted: October 2
This is a wonderful point and click adventure. The voice acting is wonderful, and the art style is very cartoon-y. It was fun, and a little morbid collecting pieces of a human face as you track down a serial killer.

Looking forward to Episode 2
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1.9 hrs
Posted: September 10
A funny 3rd person point-and-click game with a unique style. I enjoyed playing episode 1 a lot, and would recommend it to other players.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
This is a pretty great game, I love this victorian age and the mystery aslong with the comedy. For sure a great game to play alone.

Cons: It's been taking quite some time to get an episode 2 out.
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3.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
Quite funny but too short.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: August 16
Fantastic point and click adventure ,graphics/art-style is top notch ,story is fun and keeps you interested.

English players will 'get it' and fans of English humour should love it too.
Easily worth the asking price.

I do hope we get Episode 2 soon .
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2.4 hrs
Posted: August 9
This game is really cute! It reminds me of Professor Layton but a lot more goofy and full of puns. There's also an element of dark humor in the game, which I really enjoyed and is probably my favorite part of the whole thing. The riddles are pretty easy, but I actually didn't mind. I found this game very relaxing and entertaining. Definitley would recommend if you like light, easygoing adventure games.
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2.1 hrs
Posted: July 25
This game is amzing just go play it.
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st e am
2.2 hrs
Posted: July 17
Really enjoyable little point and click adventure, but by itself is not a product I would recommend.
Episode 2 has been Greenlit and development is progressing wonderfully, according to developers in a recent comment.
I'm longing to see more from these original characters, as next episodes already have a slot in my wishlist, for there is much potential in here. I may change my vote as more episodes are released.

Now, to Episode 1 itself...
Graphically pretty, with cute illustrations and animations. Game can be played at 1920 x 1080, but some objects look low-res, specially when animated. Music is nice, and voice acting is quite good as well. Puzzles are intuitive and easy, really easy, but -at least- they don't feel like a boring chore.
I can't say much about the story since the main plot is not much developed during this episode's two-hour length. Unfortunately it felt short and inconclusive.
I was faced with a scary bug where I had two Bertram Fiddles on screen with control being all unresponsive and it was almost impossible to progress. Fortunately I could get past that issue by triggering a cut-scene.
For the next installments I would like to have more dialogue "options" for characters and interactive objects, or some sort of indication that not new information was available by interacting since it was annoying to click through repetitive speeches.
Also, this one has no cards or achievements. That would be a nice addition.
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[HG®™] Lizard
6.8 hrs
Posted: July 16
is there an episode 2 please??????

i really enjoyed this game, i have seen some good and some bad reviews. its a small episode, but i look forward to the next!
the jokes and inuendos are amusing and made me giggle!
this is the graphically brilliant, simple kind of thinking game that i like!
i want more!
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2.8 hrs
Posted: July 13
I like this game a lot. The characters are very unique and quirky! I also like the puzzle soving, it was definitely fun and worth the money.
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