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Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery (Episode 1) Review

Episodic games seem to becoming more popular over the past few years, mainly thanks to stand out titles such as Telltale's The Walking Dead. PS Vita is yet to see games such as these, however, thanks to Lucid Games and the arrival of Jacob Jones and the BigFoot Mystery, this is about to change.

Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery tells the tale of a young boy known as Jacob. At the beginning of the game, we discover that Jacob's parents have decided to dump him off at a Summer Camp while they go off exploring nature. Playing as Jacob, you'll soon discover that this camp is full of weird and mysterious characters, although none more so than the game's other main character, 'BigFoot' or 'Biggie' as he's known throughout the game. You won't meet this legendary character straight away, however once you are aquatinted with the hairy one, you'll then team up to solve a mystery. This mystery it seems will not be solved in one episode, and in fact this first episode only seems to scratch the surface of what's to come, however there is still enough here to keep you busy for a good few hours.

The gameplay in Jacob Jones sees our hero openly wandering through the wonderfully realised camp and surrounding forest, although the main action generally consists of solving puzzles for people you meet along the way. There are 23 puzzles in all, most of which make use of the Vita's touchscreen, having you spot the difference; dust of your brain for some maths; slice pizza and squash cheerleaders. I don't want to give anything away, however you'll need a good brain for maths, logic and an eye for detail in order to get the puzzles solved quickly and in the least amount of turns.

Each time you solve a puzzle you'll gain merits, which seem to count towards you high score, so obviously if you don't manage to ace the puzzle, then there is always opportunity to come back and try again. If you are unable to get past a puzzle, then the game does allow you to skip it and try later from the menu, however if you're determined to get past it then at least you have the opportunity of making use of the hints system.

Using hints allows you to essentially 'call a friend.' By finding empty coke cans which are spread throughout the camp you'll gain credits for your mobile. Once you need these credits you simply hit the hint button from within a puzzle and you'll be greeted with three options costing from one to three credits. The more credits you use, the greater the hint. These clues won't solve the puzzle for your completely, however they'll certainly help you a lot. If you are completely stumped then you do get three 'puzzle passes' which basically allow you to complete the puzzle without even trying - make sure you use these wisely.

It's probably fair to say that Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery looks like a children's story book come to life. Given that the game runs on Unreal Engine 3, it looks absolutely spectacular. The 3D art style and bright colours really help make for a unique and wonderful looking title. The production values here, from the story to the acting and music, all seem to fit in perfectly with what the developer is trying to achieve.

Jacob Jones and the BigFoot Mystery is a stunning looking game and in this respect episode one really brings something unique to Vita, both in terms of looks and gameplay. If Lucid can continue to innovate this much in the proceeding four episodes then there is no reason not to snap this game up.

(Version Tested: PS Vita)


- Looks great
- Fun puzzles
- Feels very unique


- Cost could be an issue

Edited On 14 May, 2013

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Artemisthemp 3 years ago
Seem a bit childs, but it's important to relax some times, so think I gonna give it a try

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