THE PIE IS NOT A LIE!Short Verdict
: A good puzzle game, despite its flaws. Requires you to think fast, too. Last but not least, it's cheap.Overview
: The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is basically a puzzle game in which you control Winterbottom to create and manage clones in some sort of time controlling mechanics in order to collect all pies in each level. Although it's a puzzle game in essence, you'll also need a bit of dexterity and precision in some levels.Pros
- Beautiful 2D graphics with a lot of personality
- Great BGM, perfect for the setting of the game
- If I counted right, there are 50 main story levels, plus 30 challenges
- Most of the puzzles are smart and rewarding when you figure them out
- The level hints sometimes provide a slight help, but they don't spoonfeed you--they really hit the mark
- Even the clones characteristics and the conditions for being able to collect pies change between the 5 sets of levels, adding a lot to the puzzles
- Even though my computer runs modern games with no problems, Winterbottom lagged in some levels (my pc told me something about the color scheme, but I didn't try changing it)
- The learning curve is messy--the first set of levels is ridiculously easy, then the second quickly becomes insanely hard, and after that it finally hits the mark. Seems to me like lack of planning or of proper tutorials, and I almost threw the towel on the second set of levels.
- I personally hate it when a puzzle game requires ridiculous precision and perfect movements--puzzle games should be about thinking hard enough, not attempting the same thing over and over again until you just find the perfect spot and the perfect timing
- Some of the main levels (and quite a few challenges) are uninspired and just plain boring to play. I have to mention the very first challenge level, which is probably one of the most stupid ones and almost made me give up on all challenges. Make sure you try at the least a few of the other challenges.
: Steam Store for R$ 1,99 (US$ 1.24 on the US store at the same time).Verdict
: All things considered, it's a good puzzle game. Yes, it has some flaws and can be infuriating sometimes. Just keep in mind that this is NOT a zen puzzle game and you'll be required to move quickly and think fast all the time. But most of the game is fun, especially if you consider how much I've payed for it. It's also worth its full price, I think.Similar games
: People call it a clone from Braid
, which I haven't played, so I guess they probably have their similarities. I could also say it slightly reminds me of Toki Tori
, for the puzzle solving and the ability to control time.