by: Rob Kentworth
; edited by: J. F. Amprimoz
; updated: 5/25/2012
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A review of Wallace and Gromit: The Last Resort for the PC. Will fans of the series enjoy the game, alongside people who've never seen the show/movies?
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Wallace and Gromit: The Last Resort Review - Introduction
This is the second episode in a four part series from Telltale Games and as can be gathered from the game's name, it's based on the Wallace and Gromit television show/movies. As a disclaimer, I've not seen the show on the television, but from what I can understand after some research, the games are pretty faithful to the show. Again, based on research, the first episode in specific feels the most like the show.
There are a few references to the first episode here and there so it's nice to play them in order, but it isn't at all necessary.
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Wallace and Gromit: The Last Resort Review - The Story
In the first episode there were hints about taking a vacation, and this episode opens with Gromit heading outside ready to take a vacation, only to find that there's a storm. Needless to say, this throws a spanner in the works as they can't go to the beach.
So, Wallace gets the idea to turn their home into a 'vacation resort'. In order to do so, he needs to gather a few things from around the town. After he has them and has converted his house into the resort, he invites the residents of West Wallaby Street over. Soon enough, he finds himself trying to keep people happy as things go from bad to worse.
Essentially, if you've played other Telltale games or watched the show, you'll know what to expect. Don't expect the story to be serious at all, as the game sets out to make you laugh.
As for how the story actually plays out, it's pretty good and that's essential due to a game's writing etc. being one of the main reasons to play adventure games next to the puzzles.
The story has a few twists and it maybe doesn't go the route that you'd expect it to after the game's first chapter and the closing acts of the second chapter (of four). Some of the jokes and things that happen are guaranteed to at least make you smile, if not chuckle or laugh.
The beginning also starts off with a nice sequence and the ending is also pretty good in terms of set-pieces.
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Wallace and Gromit: The Last Resort Review - How Does the Game Play?
The game does play well, though you may not be accustomed to using the keyboard to move around and pressing the I button to access the inventory. Regardless, after getting used to it, the game does control well. There was a small glith in an area of the house where a door doesn't work quite right. I couldn't though, because it wasn't being highlighted. So, I had to move one screen back and then return to get to the area I wanted to go to. That was the only problem I ran into in terms of gameplay though and it only occurred once.
Regarding puzzles, they seemed a bit easier than those in the first episode. Some will still have you thinking for a while though and gathering the evidence required to progress the story after a certain point is pretty fun. The game is mostly based around human characters this time around though, so don't expect to find Wallace and Gromit getting into trouble with things such as the giant bees from the first game.
You do get to play as both Wallace and Gromit during the game, with Gromit basically doing the detective work. And before closing this section, it should be noted that there's a hint system if you get stuck. You can turn it off but if you have it on, the characters will give subtle hints on what to do periodically.
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Wallace and Gromit: The Last Resort Review - Graphics and Sound
The game's graphics are good and I believe everything will appear pretty authentic when compared to the television shows/movies. The characters do really seem like they could be made out of clay. So, there are no complaints here.
On the sound front, the sound and voice acting are great. It's worth noting though that I believe the person who does the voice acting for Wallace in the television movies/show doesn't do the voice-work in the game if that matters. However, the actor used to voice Wallace still does a great job. Also, if you do get tired of listening to the dialog (especially if repeating conversations), you can skip it by right-clicking.
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Wallace and Gromit: The Last Resort Review - Overall
As a whole, the game's better than the first episode. But as mentioned in the first paragraph, it may not be as authentic as the first when it comes to nailing what Wallace and Gromit is all about. The writing and characters are all here, but it's just that the situations Wallace and Gromit find themselves in here aren't as bizarre as what the first game had them encountering. Wacky inventions are still present though.
Also, the game is slightly easier than the first episode as mentioned previously. It's just that it felt better as an overall product.
The game should also please the fans of Wallace and Gromit, alongside newcomers and adventure lovers. Do keep in mind though that this game is the second Episode of a four part series, so it doesn't last as long as full games.