Wallace and the lovable pooch Gromit take yet another foray into video games as Telltale Games release the second installment of their four episodes for the franchise with Wallace and Gromit: The Last Resort. If you’re a fan of games like Monkey Island or Sam & Max, then this game should certainly be in your sights, but how does it compete with these big guns of the point and click world?
The first thing to comment on in this game is how faithful a recreation of the world of Aardman’s creations Telltale Games have managed to create. The writing is entertaining, and more often than not delivered by excellent voice actors, there are however, a fair few moments in the game where the voice work does tend to fall flat. This is particularly noticeable in the tutorial section, however, this part is avoidable if you know what you’re doing. Graphically, the game is also very faithful, although after the initial impression they begin to feel somewhat lackluster, especially in the animation department, although the subtle animations of Gromit’s facial expressions remained a perfect recreation. For players entirely new to the franchise, the style could also be a turn off as it can appear fairly dated.
The game’s plot centres around the disasterous duo creating their own beach resort in their basement to escape the joys of a British summer, also known as torrential rain. The puzzles that spring up as a result of this range from finding the necessary items to create the seaside scene, to keeping your guests happy so to avoid having to give refunds and even ends up with an unlikely mystery that needs solving. These are never overly complicated, and the game almost always offers some helpful hints as to where you need to go next if you do find yourself wandering aimlessly through Wallaby Street. The variation of gameplay is impressive, as you will rarely find yourself repeating the same puzzle, but whether or not Telltale can keep this up for the entirety of the Grand Adventures series is yet to be seen.
The small scope of the game becomes a hindrance as you find yourself in the same areas time and time again, with little chance of visiting new areas. Another area the game falls short is that of the support characters; with such a large amount thrown at you in such a short space of time, they all become walking stereotypes and rarely manage to offer more than a few laughs. It often feels that the game would have been improved sticking to an emphasis on the relationship between Wallace and Gromit, rather than the mess of characters the game ends up wading through.
I must admit that I played through this game using an Xbox 360 controller and found the game a very smooth ride as a result, whereas it’s possible a mouse and keyboard may not offer quite the same ease of play. It may take a little getting used to, as the tutorial makes specific mention of the keyboard controls, so you may find yourself blindly pressing each button for awhile, but once you get into the swing of things you’ll have trouble putting this game down.
All in all, this game offers a fun-filled few hours of entertainment definitely worth a try for fans of Wallace and Gromit, or fans of classic point and click adventures games.
The graphics, whilst reminiscent of the animation it is taken from, seem somewhat cheap when brought to the computer screen.
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Die-hard point and click fans will find something to love here, for anyone else it’s somewhat lacking.
The game developers worked closely with the Wallace and Gromit team, and the voice acting and music show it.
The game is very short, and has essentially no replay value outside of revisiting the moments you found funny.
An entertaining walk into the world of Wallace and Gromit, but probably lost on those not already a fan of the pair.