Wallace & Gromit: The Last Resort

Wallace and Gromit return in their second of four episodic games

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Telltale Games Wallace & Gromit: The Last Resort

Pros

  • Satisfyingly challenging for the hardcore, cute and hilarious for everyone

Cons

  • Some frustrating puzzles and archaic genre-specific problems

Bottom Line

Always a fan of Nick Park's claymation shorts, the idea of a series of episodic point-and-clicks from the same people that resurrected the Freelance Police series seemed like a match made in heaven. While Mitch enjoyed the challenge and the wit that The Last Resort offered up, Wallace & Gromit's latest opus isn't without its flaws.

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Wallace and Gromit return in their second of four episodic games, and while The Last Resort is significantly slower paced than its predecessor, it offers a more satisfying challenge by letting you play as detectives.

The Skinny

If Sam & Max, Full Throttle or Monkey Island ring a bell, you'll be immediately familiar (and likely in love) with Wallace & Gromit's point-and-click style. Wandering the clay world of Wallace & Gromit as the dopey inventor and his cynical dog, you'll poke and prod at funny signs, likable characters, and a bevy of interactive objects. In The Last Resort, a makeshift vacation spot in Wallace's flooded basement turns for the worst when he and Gromit are forced to investigate the truth behind an assault on one of their customers.

Entertain Me!

Whether the game is fun for you depends on how slow-paced you like your games. If you're patient with puzzles, most of which involve using the correct item on the right character then The Last Resort is a dryly hilarious good time. You'll do a lot of walking back and forth between environments and chatting with folks to solve satisfying brain-teasers, so if you're looking for heated action you'll be bored stiff.

You're the Best Around

The wonderfully delivered dialogue is delightfully British and the clay art will put a nostalgic tear in Wallace & Gromit fans' eye. More importantly, those looking for a new adventure fix will find plenty of solid puzzles, great moments and memorable characters.

Weakspots

Some situations will leave you drooling in your stumped stupor. Even with the hints cranked up you'll find yourself at a loss as to what to do during some of the tougher events. What am I doing wrong? Where do I go? Do I have the right items? These questions have plagued the genre for over a decade, and they're prominent in Wallace & Gromit: The Last Resort.

Is That For Me?

If the idea of adorable art, charming music, dry English humor and pressure-free fetch-quests sound up your alley, The Last Resort is an enjoyable adventure. It doesn't quite have the arcade action that highlighted the previous game, but if you're up for a more challenging point-and-clicker, this is good stuff.

Verdict

Wallace & Gromit: The Last Resort is a bit tougher than Telltale's usual adventure offerings, but if you're up for the challenge, this is one of the more quirky and adorable games in the developer's lineup. If you're a born and bred adventure gamer then you're in for a treat, but this is far from the most accessible way to dip into the genre.

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