WALLACE & GROMIT'S GRAND ADVENTURES REVIEW
The entire XBLA collection of "Wallace & Gromit" in one big review.
Posted by PlayDevil.com Staff on Mar 29, 2010 14:41 (Mar 29, 2010 14:41)
Written by: Chris W.
'Telltale Games' are doing everything in their power to keep the point and click adventure alive, doing so through episodic games. The developer have now turned their attentions to British TV favourites 'Wallace & Gromit', with the funny and famous duo starring in a four game season.
Each episode is available to download from Xbox Live Arcade, priced at 800 Microsoft Points each.
Each individual story is very Wallace & Gromit like, with all the humour and silliness that has made them household names. Obviously being story based games, I won’t spoil too much, though below is a summary of each individual episode:
1- Fright of the Bumblebees
In the first episode, Wallace haphazardly brings about some giant bees in a classic case of one thing leading to another. Obviously, it’s up to the duo to get things under control once again.
2- The Last Resort
During a rainy summer, Wallace decides to turn his basement into an indoor beach, though the story later becomes a mystery adventure for the inventor and his dog to solve when one of the characters is hit on the head in the pitch black.
Gromit is the real star in this episode.
Stray dogs are all over the streets and the arrival of a showman could prove to be their salvation as he promises to raise funds for a dog shelter, though with a moustache like that, can he actually be trusted?
4- The Bogey Man
Wallace ends up as a member of an exclusive country club, plays a spot of golf, upsets the woman he could potentially marry and faces the wrath of her aunt.
Each game is pretty much self-contained, though playing them in order will reveal subtle references to previous episodes. There’s also a memorable batch of new characters, with the likes of Major Crum (a somewhat delirious retired Major) and Duncan McBiscuit (a loudmouthed Scot) being standouts.
'Grand Adventures', like Telltale Games' other titles, is a point and click adventure series. Naturally, exploring, puzzle solving and item hoarding are the order of the day, complete with all the things that fans of Wallace & Gromit have come to expect: inventions, the cheery theme music and familiar locations and characters.
Like you should, you get to control both the man and his dog, roaming the compact worlds and solving puzzles. Interacting with the surroundings is done with the right stick (pushing it in the direction of your object of interest) or the bumper buttons, and in Wallace’s case he'll speak out his comments, whilst the mute Gromit communicates to us through his very charismatic body language - much like the TV Gromit that we all know and love.
If you’re looking for something to really make you think, then these four episodes may not be for you. There may be the occasional puzzle that will stump you, though solutions aren't typically difficult to meet. There’s also a hint system, which can be altered for the frequency it assists you, or even turned off completely if you’d rather not have a friendly helping hand. A certain type of player will certainly appreciate the regular logic to each puzzle solution.