I am a huge fan of puzzle games; and when I get to PAX Australia, I always try and get my hands on any puzzle game from the Indie Showcase. So, when I read the description of Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise, I knew I had to come and play it.
Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise is developed by the Melbourne-based Yak & Co, and is a spy themed puzzle game. Your mission is to infiltrate the secret hideout of enemy spy Ruby La Rouge and capture her. But be warned, her house is filled with hidden contraptions and clever puzzles that would test your logic skills.
The art style and look of Agent A is very flat and minimalist, but it does the job of creating an environment that feels like the 1960s. There are, however, some 3D animation – usually when you open a secret panel from a wall.
As with any other puzzle game, there will be some puzzles that will be easy and some that are difficult. Overall, the level of difficulty with Agent A is pretty balanced. It’s not too hard that it is impossible to solve, but it’s not too easy that it is boring. Unfortunately, I only got to play with the game for a small period of time. However, from what I could gather in the ten minutes I had with it, I can’t wait to get a copy of my own to complete the story.
A little side note: what also made me love the game was something that they did in the real world during PAX this weekend. If you went to their booth, you got a secret “confidential” envelope with a secret message inside and I was told that if you cracked the challenge, you could win a free copy of the game.
I won’t spoil it, but it was a fun little challenge.
If you have the chance to play the game at PAX, you should totally do it. Otherwise, the game is already out now on the iTunes store for AU$2.99, and will work for iPhone and iPads. Android users will also be pleased to know that they are working on delivering a version of the game to you hopefully by the end of the year.