Pick of the Month: A Bleaker Predicklement

If you frequent my posts here on the blog, you might remember that a while ago I spoke about a game that rocked my Point-And-Click loving world, that game was The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle. If you don’t remember, let me catch you up real quick:

 

The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle is an episode, Point-And-Click, Comedic-Murder-Mystery game.

 

So basically, a mouthful. It’s set in Victorian England, and you play as renowned ‘explorator’ (explorer/investigator) Bertram and his Cyclops sidekick Gavin. The game is filled to the brim with tongue-in cheek humor, TERRIBLY amazing puns, and it’s available on PC and IOS. It’s also one of the silliest, enjoyable and charmingly … British … experiences you can have next to lying on the couch and binge watching shows like Monty Python and Fawlty Towers while you sip tea from a really fancy cup. Needless to say, I love it.

 

BAM, you’re caught up and we can continue.

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First things first, back when I played Episode 1 I praised it for opening my eyes to the fact that not all mobile games suck, just most. I loved how well the controls worked and how easy it was for me to get absorbed into the game even though it’s usually a struggle for me to play more than a few minutes of games on my phone or iPad.  It was something of game changer in my mobile gaming life. But for Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement, I decided to get a bit crazy and mix things up a bit.  I played it on my PC.

 

Now for an announcement: I want to formally take back the fact that I said Bertram was a perfect game for mobile, because I was wrong… It’s just a perfect game.  Period.

 

When I wrote my first review I mentioned (or at least I hope I did, otherwise just imagine that I mentioned) that I thought Episode 1 was sort of a ‘training’ episode, it was there to get us used to the world of Bertram, the controls, the humor and the logic that’s required to puzzle your way through the game. It wasn’t overly easy, but I wouldn’t say it was challenging either.  It was the perfect example of a casual game, short, simple and amusing.

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I’m not going to spoil the story for you, I am all too aware of how people HATE spoilers, but I can tell you that A Bleaker Predicklement is definitely a way more serious, and way longer Point-And-Click Adventure than its predictor. Let’s me put it this way: Episode 1 I played through on my own in about 2 or so hours, A Bleaker Predicklement on the other hand, kept me busy for roughly 6 hours… and I say ME very liberally, if I’m being completely honest with you, I turned the game into a family activity.  I might have started out playing alone, but pretty soon everybody in my house was helping me solve the puzzles together. You know what, It was oddly perfect.

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When was the last time that you can remember a game that isn’t an Online or Multiplayer game, bringing a household together, all huddled up, fighting for space (and control of the mouse) and playing together on one PC? Exactly. As with its predecessor, the game runs on humor and your ability to look at things from a different angle.  Which is apparently not a skill I should be adding to my CV anytime soon. There is still so much more I can say about A Bleaker Predicklement, I can tell you again how amazing the voice acting is, how the music helps create the atmosphere of the game and how the art style is the magic that holds everything together, but you know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, Bertram Fiddle is the picture, and it’s just waiting for you to gaze at it and also to play it because that’s what you do with games you play them.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go Tweet the devs and tell them they need to hurry up with the next one, adventure waits for no one.

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