Put on your sharp suit and equip your firearm as this spy-themed puzzle game by Yak & Co will have your brain shaken not stirred. This port from the mobile game of the same name is an escape the room, click-based game, with bits and pieces scattered around different locations for you to find in in order to get to the next section.
The difficulty balance is just about right, where there is just enough of a hint to not stress you out, but enough challenge that you don’t just breeze through it. These types of games excel in making you feel smart as you wrap your head around the trickier puzzles, keeping you engaged and feeling like a true genius. Although it was a short-lived experience, it was still very fun to play through.
The story line is ripped straight from James Bond, but puts it’s own spin on things, to have its own charm. You are a spy, assigned a mission to take down a female enemy agent who has been taking out your fellow agents. You feel there could be some double-crossing in the game, but you have to escape some elaborate rooms with their traps to discover the truth.
There’s some typical spy themed music in accompanying you espionage, with bass notes and the occasional bell which loops in the background, but it doesn’t over power the experience, and i even found myself drowning it out after a while. The voice acting is alright as well, not too over the top or cheesy. Visually the game is very simple, though they need to be for the minor things to be noticed, as there are obviously tricky little things you need to keep an eye out for.
Sometimes in games like this, you can get stuck on a puzzle and need to look up online guides to get you through. I was playing this with my wife who is a dab hand at puzzle games, and there was only once where we got stuck – though it was very minor. We didn’t realise the corner of the note flapped down to reveal a clue. It does also help to have your phones on hand to take pictures of codes or picture clues as you may have to refer to them at some point.
From reading up about the mobile version, it seems a lot of the fans of the game were waiting for chapter 5 to be realised – this is finally coming with the console port. For those who were waiting, it has been worth it, and is a decent end to the story. The puzzles equally are just as good as the previous chapters. However, the one thing I will note is the occasional crashing of the game. When transitioning to another screen it goes black before loading the next screen, however sometimes it doesn’t load up the screen. Thankfully you don’t lose any progress as it auto-saves your progress, but it becomes a bit tiresome having to quit and reload the game. Hopefully this is something that will be patched, but it can disturb your flow when you have your puzzle head-on.
There is an some reply value here, though pretty much solely based in achievements that need to be triggered throughout the game. For example, clicking on every spider web in the game. Unless you’re a into hunting these though, once completed there’s little reason to replay.
Agent A: A Puzzle in Time is a fun puzzle-based game set at a decent, challenging level. Its spy theme is quite charming, but it’s the variety and cleverness of the puzzles that will want you to keep going. It’s a little on the short side, mind, so if you are a keen puzzler you may leave hungry for more.
This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox One. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version.Want to keep up to date with the latest Xt reviews, Xt opinions and Xt content? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.