With the latest episode of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures Telltale Games hasn't done anything drastically new that will reinvent the point-and-click adventure game genre. Instead, the developer has crafted a fun, polished experience that is perfectly suited for its audience. And in a smart move, the game is also completely playable to anyone who missed the first episode, Fright of the Bumblebees, as it features a new, unconnected storyline.

The game starts out with our eccentric inventor and his canine companion preparing for a lovely vacation at the beach. Unfortunately, some untimely foul weather decides to put a damper on their trip, leaving the pair stuck at home. Gromit takes the news pretty hard, so Wallace goes about turning their flooded basement into a makeshift beach in an attempt to cheer his pal up. Without spoiling too much, things don't go so smoothly, and Wallace ends up getting in over his head, leaving it up to the player to turn things back to normal. Or as normal as things get for the pair.

If you've played any of Telltale's previous games then you'll feel right at home with The Last Resort, as the game plays identically. You take control of both of the titular characters--who you control changes throughout the game--and spend your time searching the environment, collecting clues, solving puzzles, and chatting with the residents of West Wallaby Street. In fact, if you played the first episode in the series, the game will feel exactly the same. You'll talk with most of the same characters and explore the same exact areas.

Of course no one plays this type of game for a large cast of characters or big open world to explore. Instead, what makes The Last Resort so good boils down to two things: writing and puzzles. The writing is actually very good, and mirrors the same level of charm and humor that has made the films such cult classics. The strongest aspect though is the characters, who are all interesting and lovable. Which is good, because you'll be spending a lot of time talking to them. Even the overall plot, which although a tad predictable, is filled with enough twists to keep it fresh and entertaining.


Thankfully, the puzzles in the game don't ruin the charm that has been created by the visuals and writing, something that happens all to often in adventure games. Instead, they are challenging without being obtuse, but not so easy that you can breeze right through the game. Every problem has a somewhat logical answer, and I was never forced into pixel-hunting or trying out every single item in order to get past a particular problem. But if you are having some difficulties, the in-game hint system does a great job of providing subtle hints to push you forward.

In the end, you already know whether or not you will like The Last Resort. If you're a fan of point-and-click adventures or the Wallace & Gromit series then this game is perfectly suited for you. And if you enjoyed the previous game then you're in luck: The Last Resort is smarter, funnier, and simply more enjoyable than its predecessor, which itself was a great game. It's a perfect example of what episodic gaming should be, providing a short and entertaining experience that doesn't overstay its welcome.

Players:1 player
Platform(s):PC
Developer:Telltale Games
Publisher:Telltale Games
ESRB:Everyone
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