Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery Episode 2 – Step Backwards?

3.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Design: 4/5
Duration: 3/5

Challenging puzzles throughout | Detailed design style | Engaging adventure

Pales in comparison to episode one | Short lived | Doesn't progress the story much


Jacob Jones is a weird kid who made friends with a Bigfoot, that he calls Biggie, in episode one of Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery. Now, episode two is available where the two new companions head out to Crackskull Mountain in an attempt uncover the mystery of Biggie’s mother. The gameplay offers a similar set-up with a puzzle adventure where you progress the story by solving tricky puzzles. It’s essentially the same game, but with a new storyline, and new puzzles, but with a similar style.
If you completed episode one, then you were probably left waiting for episode two since episode one was so well done. Episode two is a bit of a letdown simply because it seems shorter with 15 puzzles total, and a lot less progression in the storyline. Some of the puzzles are unnecessarily included, and don’t impact progressing up to Crackskull Mountain. Episode two can stand on its own simply because it barely progresses the storyline, or tie in much of what happened in episode one. The ultimate disappointment may come simply because it’s more of the same, which is understandable, but with just less going on.

The puzzles do still deliver some brain teasing challenge that will definitely take you some time to figure out. The story is delivered through the same high quality 3D paper craft layout, but it does seem even sharper. There’s also quality writing, and deluxe voice acting to further flesh out the Jacob Jones world. Taking episode two by itself, it’s no doubt a well made puzzle adventure that will keep you actively engaged throughout the duration. With that said, it just isn’t as good as episode one, and it feels just like a throw away episode in comparison to how much is covered in episode one. The first installment covered multiple regions, characters, and times, but episode two focuses on a single region, time, character set that pales in comparison to how much was offered already.

Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery Episode 2 ($1.99, Universal) is a well done puzzle adventure that is worth picking up, though it doesn’t live up to the expectations based on episode one.

$1.99, Universal


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