17th Sep2019

‘Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Cummings

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So, Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise was initially released as a mobile game back in 2015. An episodic puzzle-game, its been ported over to the Nintendo Switch on a release that allows you a chance to play all of those episodes. A game that is a visual homage to spy films from the 60s and 70s, it’s a colourful and stylised game with lots of humour and some really interesting and well-thought-out puzzles that really do work on the Switch. More than I imagined they would, actually.

I don’t always think ports of mobile games work, but this one did. I think playing this on the big TV, which is how I personally chose to play it, worked really well. It’s a blast to play through it with other people too, all staring at the television and trying to solve the puzzle on screen. The locations are bloody brilliant and designed well, with you taking on the titular role of the Agent named A. You are seeking out a spy with the phenomenal name of Ruby La Rouge (sounds fresh outta James Bond, doesn’t it?). You enter her massive mansion and it’s your job to get through the various rooms, all packed with puzzles and problems to solve, in order to get to her. It’s clever and pretty damn challenging at times, something that fans of the puzzle genre should really get a kick out of. I was pleased to see unique and different puzzles too, and it’s refreshing to not have the same puzzle repeated, something that has plagued many puzzle titles in the past.

The thing that I had a bit of a problem with, really, was the mechanics. It was tough, at times, to get the cursor to land where I wanted to easily, and that is often an issue with games that feel suited to using a mouse or a touch-screen, rather than a joystick. Still, it didn’t spoil anything, and got easier and things went on.

The story is also enjoyable and features some very cool voice work from the actors and because you unlock new areas to investigate, it keeps you on your toes. It rarely feels tedious or boring. I don’t always enjoy puzzle games, it isn’t what I’d call my favourite genre, but I really did have a ton of fun with Agent A. It’s funny and addictive, and I thought it was even more enjoyable to play with other people, not just alone. The simple graphic style is appealing and I thought worked really well with the music, the voice work and the actual gameplay. It’s a top notch overall package, for sure.

It can be frustrating, but that’s all part and parcel of this genre, but when you finally find the item you need to solve one of those puzzles, and you crack it, it will feel bloody good. There’s over a hundred puzzles here too, and I could see this being a top notch all-the-family game to sit around and mess with on a Sunday afternoon. If you’re a fan of puzzle games or merely want a casual title to chill out and have fun with, then I’d recommend this one for sure. It took me a few hours to complete the game, and I feel like I could enjoy starting over again and giving it another shot. Thought-provoking and well-made, this is a port that works and a worthy addition to a puzzle-lovers Switch collection.

***½  3.5/5

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise is available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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