Developer: Lucid Games Ltd.
Platform: PS Vita, iOS
Release Date: May 14, 2013
ESRB: E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
This review is based on the Vita version of the game.
Episodic games are becoming more and more popular, whether you like it or not. Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery is one of them. As a puzzle game with a charming art style, itâ€™s something thatâ€™s sorely needed for the ailing Vita (if youâ€™re like me and donâ€™t have an iOS device, anyway). Not to mention how cute it looks.
I just had to snatch Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode One - A Bump in the Night and see if it lived up to my expectations.
In the first episode of Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery, youâ€™re a young boy reluctantly on his way to Camp Eagle Feather. Throughout the game, Jacob is challenged by numerous requests and questions in the form of puzzles (thatâ€™s your cue!).
Puzzles arenâ€™t the only thing Jacob is confronted by, however. This is where the other half of the game title comes in â€“ the Bigfoot. Youâ€™ll soon learn that this gentle giant has a big problem of his own. Jacob is willing to help, though, of course! Thus begins a grand adventure that will span across numerous episodes.
The whole summer camp portion is kind of boring, and so is mostly everyone in it. Thankfully, thatâ€™s not the main focus of the plot in Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery. Iâ€™m eager to see both Jacobâ€™s and Biggie the Bigfootâ€™s characters develop, and to see what happens throughout the story.
The puzzles are the most important part of Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery. If youâ€™ve played any of the Professor Layton games, youâ€™ll feel right at home in this game. Much of the format is the same â€“ from the hint system to being awarded with â€œmeritsâ€ after youâ€™ve finished a puzzle. It may seem a bit like copying and the Layton games may do it better, but it works very well for this game.
In any case, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery offers a myriad of different puzzles. And thereâ€™s a lot of them in just this one episode to boot. That means a good couple of hours of playtime, which is fantastic for the episodeâ€™s extremely low price point of $3.
The other thing that may grab a lot of people (including me!) is the cute, bright, South Park-esque art style and graphics. Theyâ€™re definitely very unique among other games of new and old and theyâ€™re a perfect match for what Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery is. The images used for the puzzles are especially neat looking with how they look like paper cutouts.
Sure, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery might not appeal to everybody. Some may say it looks too â€œcasualâ€ and caters to a younger crowd (which is actually quite the contrary once you hear some of the dialogue and get to certain puzzles). Itâ€™s a very welcome addition to the Vita, though, with its considerable lack of titles. Iâ€™m really looking forward to seeing what Lucid Games has planned for the rest of the episodes.
+ A lot of puzzles that add up to hours of playtime
+ Charming art style and graphics
- Episodic, meaning an unknown amount of time to wait between episodes
- Story might be a bit bland at first
Overall Score: 7.5 (out of 10)
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode One is a promising puzzle game that offers a lot of bang for your buck.