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Monday, July 12, 2010

Puzzle Agent: the animated horror game

[Source:] I love the above animated short by artist Graham Annable. The pacing. The long shots. The anatomically correct dog. The closing scream. The borderline inappropriate choice of music. Annable is a frequent collaborator with Telltale Games. If The Hidden People is any indication of the tone of their upcoming game Puzzle Agent, I'm sold. I'm ready for an animated horror game that isn't played for laughs.

Puzzle Agent is a Professor Layton style adventure game consisting of puzzles and cutscenes inspired by Annable's Grickle series of comics. In this promo video, Telltale designer and writer Mark Darin describes Puzzle Agent as Fargo meets Twin Peaks and X-Files. But Annable characterizes it as "a lot of Kubrick, maybe a little Lynch in there".

A recent viral website for the game suggests that Hidden People is the basis for the first episode of Puzzle Agent. The press release linking to the site -- mysteriously minus any reference to Puzzle Agent or Telltale, but sent out by Telltale's PR agency, so you do the math -- promises more specifics this Friday.

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