Wallace & Gromit Episode 4: The Bogey Man - PC - Review
Even for episodic games, Wallace & Gromit seems short. The Bogey Man is the fourth and last episode of the series of chapter releases, and is not very long, as were none of the preceding chapters, either. If this were a bad game, I wouldn’t mind it being short, but I hate to leave the world of Wallace & Gromit, which is captured so perfectly in this adventure game.
Previously, in Muzzled, Gromit had exposed the true criminality of Monty Muzzle, who specialized in planning and running fundraisers that were tailored to fit the needs of the community. In this case, the neighborhood of West Wallaby Street needed a new animal shelter. Of course, Monty Muzzle was out to fleece the locals, but ended up in jail instead.
The Bogey Man takes a different tack altogether and centers on the world of country clubs and golf. At the finale of Muzzled, Wallace somehow led Mrs. Flitt to believe that he proposed marriage to her. The only way to get off the matrimonial hook is to join the local country club, Prickly Thicket, as her revered aunt is violently opposed to golfers in general and Prickly Thicket personally. Luckily, Gromit always knows how to get Wallace out of a pickle, and Wallace is soon on his way to Prickly Thicket golfing glory.
Unlike the other episodes, The Bogey Man is not linear in nature. The puzzles can mostly be solved in any order at any time. This is welcomed, as it opens up the game a bit, but as many of these puzzles are somewhat abstract in nature, players will often not know what to do next, or end up solving a puzzle inadvertently when they were really trying to discover something entirely different.
For example, early in the game I gave a rodent a certain substance just to do it, and ended up solving a puzzle that I didn’t know existed, as I had not yet gleaned the “anti-rodent” sentiment as evidenced by one of the characters. Another puzzle at the Prickly Thicket country club presented me with some problems, as the puzzle appeared to center at the club, but actually needed lots of actions undertaken elsewhere first, in order to be solved. Many of these puzzles will have players resorting to trying everything in their inventory on every hotspot around.
The environment has a new addition with the country club, but still feels a bit claustrophobic and confined. There are not enough locations to explore in any of the chapters, and a few more characters would be nice, too. Mrs. Flitt’s great aunt was the only new character, and I failed to see why there weren’t any new people at the country club.
This last episode is so low-key as to be anti-climatic, rather than a dramatic finale of the series. However, this laid-back approach is perfectly suited to the world of Wallace & Gromit, which exemplifies British humor. Many of the jokes are centered on golf, and are pretty funny. The voice acting accentuates the humor perfectly.
I am excited to see this recent approach to adventure gaming, and look forward to the newest Telltale outing, Monkey Island. I am a big fan of the Monkey Island series, and am glad that Telltale is able to produce good games and hopefully make a profit, as well. Wallace & Gromit is a cute and fun adventure game, one that most adventure games will enjoy whether they are particular fans of these characters or not. However, it is a short game overall, and the price tag for the entire series is $35, which is a bit steep compared to other like adventure games.
Playing Wallace & Gromit The Bogey Man is fun, and the mix of humor and puzzles is just right. The interface is intuitive and easy to understand, and there is even a tutorial to demonstrate the controls. However, the game is short and the puzzles, while fairly good for the most part, aren’t that intriguing.
The game looks great and the characters are drawn exactly as one would expect. The characters look like Claymation models, even in digitalized form.
The voice acting and sound effects are very good and definitely add to the generally desired atmosphere.
There is nothing overly difficult in this game, but a few of the puzzles are very puzzling.
The concept isn’t new anymore, but the execution is good.
Fans of Wallace & Gromit will enjoy this game, even if they are new to adventure games. Conversely, adventure game enthusiasts will enjoy the adventure, even if they are new to the world of Wallace & Gromit. And, it’s a good game for the entire family to play together and enjoy, which is always a plus.