Video Game Puzzle Agent 2 (PC) (2011)

Puzzle Agent 2 (PC) (2011)

Agent Tethers returns to Scoggins.
Relevant Links:
Puzzle Agent 2 (Wikipedia.org)
Puzzle Agent 2 (Steam Store Page)
Puzzle Agent 2 (PC) (MetaCritic.com)

20151128:
After replaying Puzzle Agent, I went on and played Puzzle Agent 2.

Notes:
Monosaki Puzzle #320: I don't like this puzzle. To double-check my answer I used an in-game hint.

Say what!?!
Monosaki Puzzle #512: After looking up the answer to this one, I considered it a much better puzzle than #320.
Besides the in-game hint I used for Monosaki Puzzle #320, I also made a mistake for two of the puzzles. However, one of the mistakes came from a silly caveat.

Steam: 3.0 hours

20151129 AM hours:
Determined to unlock the last two achievements, I set out to replay the game.


To save time, I only clicked on the bare minimum to progress through the game and furiously clicked past all the dialogue. The replay took between one and one-and-a-half hours.

Important: During this run I used GameSave Manager to back up my save file in case I made a mistake. In hindsight, I should have done this during the first run.

After finishing all the puzzles without any hints or mistakes, the game rewards the player with a bonus puzzle - it absolutely stumped me.

What's the pattern?
Steam: 5.2 hours (total game time)

20151129 Noon:
This morning I decided I would consider the problem mathematically (there are ten objects and two actions which permute the objects). While somewhat helpful, the problem was still difficult and I didn't want to dwell on it so I just looked up the solution.

Interestingly, in addition to finding the solution, I learned that the two actions generate the permutation group (a someone listed the shortest way to switch any two objects).


Steam: 6.8 hours (total game time)

Thoughts:
Pros:
+ A good variety of puzzles
+ Funny
+ Solid voice work

Neutral:
~ Not as mysterious as the first game.

Minor Cons:
- Lacks a 'Skip Scene' or 'Skip Dialogue' feature.

Impossible with a touchpad. Use a mouse.
- The game is a direct continuation of Puzzle Agent and players should play the first game before playing the sequel.
- The directions are occasionally unclear and the player runs the risk of making a mistake due to clarity as opposed to logic.

Recommendation:
Puzzle Agent 2 wraps up the mysterious left behind after Puzzle Agent and is a must play for anyone who enjoyed the first Puzzle Agent. Furthermore, I would recommend the Puzzle Agent series to anybody who enjoys casual puzzles and a bit of mystery. Players who seek hard and challenging puzzles should consider looking elsewhere.

King's Challenge is difficult from a logical point of view.

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