Developer: Lucid Games
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

The sequel to Episode 1, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 2 is just as pleasant but far too short lived – clocking in at only around an hour. Sure that might be a fun hour of solving puzzles, but it never quite gets going.

jacob8Jacob and Biggie head off to the Crackskull Mountain to solve the secret of Biggie’s childhood, amongst other things. The writing is suitably witty and entertaining, with a smattering of puzzles to break things up, but that’s the problem: it really is only a smattering. 14 puzzles are all that are available here, and while they’re fun and well designed, they’re not particularly original.

Instead, you’ll find yourself sliding vehicles around to create a path for a school bus, piecing together a timeline of fractured events, and solving logical conundrums. It’s pleasant stuff and full of charm, but it’s nothing that puzzle game fans haven’t seen before. On the off chance that you do get stuck, you can use some of the free hints provided or buy more credits through in-app purchases, but given the brief length of the game you really don’t want to shorten the experience.

jacob5You see, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 2 ends fast. Just as you feel like you’re getting somewhere, the game is over and you’re left waiting for episode 3 and wondering what just happened. It might be good to leave the audience wanting more, but here you end up wanting a little too much.

Still, as with all episodic content you’ll want to play this episode in anticipation for the next. We’ll all just have to hope that the third installment goes back to the reasonably extensive length of episode 1, otherwise that $2 fee for each part is going to sting a little.

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