Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: 4/27/2011
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Hector is an adventure game for adults, which there aren’t many of. Most have cutesy colorful graphics, crappy voice acting, and a cheesy story to keep teenagers and unknowing casual gamers interested. This game may be shallow in gameplay, but it makes up for it with crass British humor that is disgusting and funny at the same time. The game is a deadbeat police investigator who has to deal with a hostage situation. Instead of storming in and dealing with it the right way he does everything the terrorist says. This leads to the three main areas of the game where you have to solve puzzles.
You start by just clicking on everything and seeing what you can take, interact with, and talk to. This is standard adventure game affair, and there’s nothing different at all. This is a by-the-books adventure game and doesn’t try anything fancy or new. The three areas are a park, clock tower, and porn shop which all need to be dealt with as demanded by the terrorist. The porn shop needs to be shut down, the clock tower up and running again, and the guy at the park needs money to restore it. What makes the game interesting are Hector’s comments, and the wisecracks and gross jokes thrown between characters. The game even makes fun of Brits themselves with chavs, and overall British terms and inside jokes.
Most of the puzzles are decent, but the hint system is there to help you and insult you. Instead of just simple hints, you have to read all the insults the game throws at you which is entertaining. Thankfully the areas can be completed in any order so that adventure game quirk is out the door here. Most items are so absurd that you know there’s only one thing you can do with them. The entertainment value also comes in the form of what you need to solve the puzzles like a garter belt for a fan belt in a beat up a police car. The battery is also dead so you use the chav in the station as teaser bait on a psycho old woman at a bus stop. Push him down into the hood of the car and you have a charged battery. This is funny, disgusting, and entertaining. The graphics are nicely drawn in a flash animation cartoon style, but the voice acting is spotty. Overall, Hector Episode 1 is an entertaining adventure game, but not for the light-hearted.