5 Reasons I Loved Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Episode 1
1. The storyline of "Episode 1: FRIGHT of the BUMBLEBEES" flows well throughout the four acts (plus tutorial) and kept me entertained the entire time. You don’t need to be familiar with Wallace’s knack for overzealous inventions to guess that giant bumblebees are inevitable from the first moments of the game. While the flow of the game is such that you’d hardly even notice there are acts, the game auto-saves between them, making it easy to take a break if desired.
2. The controls are perfect for a point-and-click adventure with the bumpers acting to cycle through the various “hotspots” in the environment. This makes it hard to miss a clickable item, and is preferred to using the right thumbstick for object selection. This is an important distinction since…
3. ...the artistry is spot-on Wallace & Gromit style, so everything looks clickable! The environments are charming and engaging, and the character animation is flawless. I was surprised to hear of a frame-rate issue after playing, because I hadn’t noticed any problems with the animation.
4. The XBLA version is well worth the 800 points ($10) you’ll pay, and provides about 4 hours of game play. Plus, it includes achievements. There are certain situations where you’ll be able to solve the mildly challenging puzzles in multiple ways, depending on what you’ve found or used in the game thus far. So, a true achievement-driven gamer might find him-or-herself with added replay value.
5. The rating “E’ for everyone rings true. Unless you’re a niche gamer who’s only open to first-person shooters or massive, multiplayer online titles, this game will appeal to anyone looking for a casual, fun bit of gaming (kids and non-gaming spouses included).
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Recommended Buy Price: $10.00
Current MSRP: $10.00
Overall, I’d actually rate this game as “Excellent” (in-between "Oustanding" and "Very Good" on the CAG scale), and I’m anxiously awaiting the release of "Episode 2: The Last Resort". The game was played through in about 4 hours, divided into two sittings. Telltale Games generously provided the game for review.