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 (209 reviews) - 90% of the 209 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 2, 2015

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About This Game

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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Very Positive (209 reviews)
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( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
I really, really wanted to like this game. The art style is rather enjoyable in its simplicity and I am very partial to the gothic, steampunk setting. The voice acting is even quite good. However pleassure hinges heavily upon the sense of humour of the player and mine was clearly incompatible. Endless puns and pop culture references, mixed with unfortunate innuendos and unneeded crassness. It played like a kid's game that got lost in a 16 rated world for some reason. Sadly, even there it doesn't cut it though, as the characters are universally, completely unlovable. Our hero is so dumb that he should be locked up and the only reason I could imagine he wasn't arrested for his various acts of grand larceny is that this world appears to have no police force.

"But what of the gameplay?" I hear you ask. "Us lovers of a good murder mystery will put up with a lot in the name of a whodunnit and a brain teaser" Alas, no. Nothing here either. Collect everything you see on the screen - yes, even that icky thing over there. When encountering a puzzle or interactive object, try whatever you have by decreasing likelihood until Bertram rewards you with yet another ghastly pun. Thus the thin canvas of a painting provide a bridge when balanced right on rotting wood, silk becomes waterproof, a smelly loo brush turns into cotton candy, a rotting eyeball into a get the idea. The small action sequences are tedious rather than envigorating and will have you flailing suddendly for the keyboard after hours of point and click. The fact you have an oaf of a sidecick seems to be purely a gimick, as all that he does could easily be achieved by the protagonist {"Quick! Move the flimsy table!"} and his few lines make him sound like a fortune cookie.

Again, I really wanted to like the game and I feel terrible leaving such a bad review for a small, kickstarted indie game, but there it is: I thought the game was terrible and will definitely not be buying episode 2. If you can, give it a try and if the first ten minutes entertain you and make you laugh, you will enjoy the rest. If, like me, you were already cringing, then give it a miss.
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( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Very charming point-and-click adventure game. I enjoyed the art style and general design of the world, and the voice acting, especially, was quite well done. A lot of games try to be funny, but really aren't; Dreadly Business manages to succeed in actually being amusing, and some of the humor is Monty Python-esque. There are a number of innuendos that an older crowd will catch, but nothing explicit, so I do not believe it would be too inappropriate for a younger set, either.

Puzzles are intuitive and simple without being insulting; if you are looking for a challenge, however, you will not find it here: few, if any, of the puzzles will force you to think too much. The pacing is good, and while there will be a bit of backtracking in any game of this genre, Dreadly Business keeps it to a minimum.

Many other reviewers have mentioned the length, and while it is somewhat short (Steam clocks my playthrough at about 3 hours, and there was a bit of idle time in that - many others put it at around 2 hours), I believe the quality makes it easily worth the current $5.99 price tag. It is an enjoyable romp that can be played in a sitting.
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( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
This is an excellent little point and click game. It has a great visual style and sense of humour. The puzzles are pretty straight forward so it ends up being a bit short. Normally I would wait until the whole story is made available but since they are crowd funding each episode it could well be a long while before that happens. I still think this episode is well worth a play on its own though and it is so short there will be no harm in playing it again as more episodes are produced.
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( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
The first chapter of this game was fantastic! It reminds me of the adventure games I used to love to play as a kid. The humor is spot on, with a few geeky references thrown in for good measure. The artwork is beautiful and unique, and the contrast between the drab environments and the main characters is carried out very well. I cannot wait for the next episode!!!
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( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Fun little game - prone to lag though, which is a bit of a hinderance to the running minigames in it. Love the dialogue and character design. The puzzles seemed a bit simple compared to the Sam & Max series and Grim Fandango, but it is the first installment, and I'm looking forwards to future episodes.
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( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
Short but very enjoyable. Even if you don't play point 'n' click adventure games this one shouldn't give you too much trouble. Some puzzle solutions may be "unrealistic" but they are easy to figure out.

Voice acting and writing are great, together with the art style they fit the game well.

Word of warning: beware of hilariously bad puns.
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( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
I quite enjoyed Bertram Fiddle Episode 1. But still i hope for some changes in episode 2
Heres what i liked and disliked:
+funny puns and double entendres
+the vitorian london settings
+ overall really neat voice acting(exept the main protagonist)

- way to easy "puzzles"
-Very straight puzzles ( and in this case straight mean, you dont have to search for anything, you will find just the right object in the next room)
-Very short (2 h max)
- Bertrams voice ( It's one of these you have to get used to it for some time)
This game was on sale approx 1 and a half week ago so i bought it for arround 4 euro i think.
I played it till the and at this very evening and i really enjoyed the game till the end. But after i realised this was supposed to be the end i was quite disappointed to be honest. I just expected the game to be way longer and the puzzles to get harder along the way. All puzzles for me had a " tutorial" feel for me, even afte the first hour it felt like i still had this "easy and smooth start of an point and click adventure " puzzles. And i was really suprised of this beeing the end of the episode.
But still, even if the puzzles were a piece of cake, i still liked the journey till the end. I enjoyed the setting, the weird people and the funny mini games. And the (for me) best part all the puns and double entendres. For example the part in the Ladys Secret Garden. Its clearly made for adults even if the puzzles say different.
I get that they didn't had enough money and time(because it was funded on kikstarter they had to hurry to show results i guess) but i still think the fun suffers due to the puzzles.
The developers promised to make the next one a little harder so im definitley down for episode two, hoping for the game to be longer and a little more sophisticated

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Sir Everard
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
Amusing theme and dialogs.
Story is a bit messy.
Puzzles are simple.
Modern controls.
Way too short.
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( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
It's quite a fun start for the Adventures of Bertram Fiddle. The setting, the theme, the sound and voices made the whole experience entertaining. it also have the British humor we love. Gameplay wise, it was not as complicated as Deponia. You can figure it out on your own without frustrating yourself. It's quirky, it has a nice storyline, and it reminded me of Jack the Ripper's story which was a plus point for me.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
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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47 of 63 people (75%) 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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21 of 24 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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9 of 9 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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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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10 of 12 people (83%) 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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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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