Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Episode 3: Muzzled! Review
Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Episode 3: Muzzled! box art
System: PC, X360 (XBLA) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Telltale Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Telltale Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jun. 16, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Given the dog-centric nature of Muzzled!, Gromit fans will be pleased to learn he’s very much the star of the episode. While there are moments where you’ll switch back and forth between the two main characters, you’ll only control Wallace directly for a brief time towards the end of the adventure. Additionally, each of the stray dogs you’ve befriended in the game have their own peculiar personalities, behaviors, and traits that come into play at different points in the game. Gromit’s interactions with his less brainy K-9 pals are highly amusing, and the way they’re worked into the game’s puzzles are quite clever.

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures: Episode 3: Muzzled! screenshot

Little, if anything, has been changed regarding the control scheme throughout the series. Everything is functional for both platforms, but Xbox 360 owners have the more comfortable experience. PC gamers still have to deal with the slightly awkward combination of moving characters around with the WASD keys and interacting with objects with the mouse. The Xbox 360 controller feels better suited to the setup, due to the analog stick controls and shoulder button inventory management. In either case, changes in camera angles when moving from scene-to-scene can throw off your direction, since you’ll have to stop moving and start again to re-orient you directional controls. It’s not a huge quibble overall, but it’s something that would have been nice to see fixed to make the movement more consistent between different locations.

The very claymation-like presentation that matches the original Wallace & Gromit shorts and the cartoonish vibe seen in the scenery and character models is still a great mixture. Subtle changes to old locations gives you good reason to poke around some of the same places you’ve explored in the past installments, and the new scenery to explore in the fairgrounds definitely gives Muzzled! a fresher look and feel than the previous episode. Throughout the series, all of the different characters are excellently voiced with amusing accents and strange personalities. A jovial and upbeat score also boosts the presentation. That said, the game’s audio is a little off in terms of the relation between speech volume and music volume; the best solution is to suffer through the subtitles.

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So far, each episode has culminated in an absurdly entertaining climax where all hell breaks loose with great comedic effect. Previous encounters include a high-speed road chase against a sinister queen bee and a whirlpool-driven vortex of chaos. Muzzled follows suit with a stellar and satisfying conclusion that’s as inventive as it is laughable. The final installment of this four-part series is quickly approaching, and we’re anxious to see how the final episode plays out. Overall, Wallace & Gromit has turned out to be a strong series, but Muzzled! thankfully delivers that extra kick we’ve been hoping for since the second episode.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
The new settings up the enjoyability of this episode substantially.
3.7
Control
Though the controls are not designed with PC gamers in mind, they’re fine.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The voice acting is solid but the audio has its quirks.
4.0
Play Value
A marked improvement over episode 2. Simply delightful.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Alternating between the roles of quirky inventor Wallace and his faithful K-9 companion Gromit, embark on entrepreneurial business ventures, tinker with creative contraptions, and interact with an ever-expanding cast of fun and endearing characters
  • Solve unique and amusing puzzles!
  • Interact with bizarre characters to catch a greedy culprit!
  • Cheese is good. The stinkier the better.


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