JA­COB JONES AND THE BIG­FOOT MYS­TERY

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - CIARA O’BRIEN

10 cert, Sony, PS Vita (ver­sion also avail­able for iOS) This charm­ing puz­zle-based game teams cartoon-style graph­ics with chal­leng­ing brain teasers. Play­ers take on the role of Ja­cob. He has been de­posited at sum­mer camp by his par­ents. That’s where Ja­cob meets big­foot, and the ad­ven­ture be­gins. The puzzles are the fo­cal point. You need to solve them (or most of them) to progress, and while some aren’t up to the stan­dard of the oth­ers, there’s enough va­ri­ety to make sure that you will keep striv­ing for the next teaser. There are items to seek out through­out the lev­els; they will come in handy to should you meet a fiendishly dif­fi­cult puz­zle and need a few hints. You’ll also earn cred­its as you solve each one. Episode one is a bit of scene set­ter for the rest of the se­ries, so the re­main­ing episodes should be more fo­cused on the de­vel­op­ing story. Ja­cob Jones strikes the right note of hu­mour; taken with the colour­ful graph­ics, the game has a cer­tain charm.

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