[Beyond PlayStation] The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business Review

by Tracey

The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business is the first episode of a quirky cartoony two episode point and click series. Learn more in our The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business review!


Point and click adventure games are some of my favorite games of all time, so I was very much up for taking on The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business, a short, colorful, witty and fun point and click adventure game. Rumpus Animation took the series to Kickstarter to fund the sequel for this game, which is also on its way to the Nintendo Switch at a later date, and we now get a chance to play this one at home or on the go on Nintendo’s hybrid console.

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You play as Bertram Fiddle, an adventurer who is short of adventure expeditions. He has a one-eyed assistant named Gavin who also resides in Bertram’s home. The setting of the game is Victorian times, as you can see from the game’s trailer and the screens in this review. The game is full of a nice comedy spin with lots of puns, not all of which land as they should. Oh, but the ones that do will make you laugh out loud.

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Bertram Fiddle is an odd looking guy with a very large, pink maggot-shaped nose. It’s the first thing you notice when you see him, but he’s definitely not the oddest looking character of the bunch! Gavin having juts the one eye right in the middle of his face makes this Peruvian Cyclops a great comedic partner, and the voice acting of both characters is perfect, and you can tell the team put a lot of effort into making sure that the character’s looks and their voices felt just right.

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The story follows Bertram and Gavin who are after a serial killer named Geoff, who, unfortunately, has taken off with Foory, Mrs. Fiddle’s beloved pet dog. You’ll need to follow Geoff’s trail, finding items you can use to solve puzzles. To be able to progress in the game you will need to help other characters, but worry not as the overall game is very linear, so there’s not a ton of backtracking in this one so you’ll be able to have fun with the game from start to finish.

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The gameplay mechanics are easy to understand. You can use the buttons to point the cursor at various objects and click on them for an explanation, hence the “point and click” name of the genre, and items that are of importance are automatically placed in your inventory, which can be accessed on the left corner of the screen. There is no hint system, but this is not required since the puzzles are easy to solve. If at any point you feel like you’re stuck on a puzzle, and you have a few items in your inventory, then combining items is the first thing you should try. The whole game is very inventory based with a couple of mini-games that involve you running around automatically avoiding people and obstacles to try and catch someone.

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The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business is a fun point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch that is easy to recommend with its great looking graphics, charming characters, great voice acting and fun and simple puzzles. This is a short one but one you should definitely play, and I look forward to checking out the second episode later this year.

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Disclaimer
This The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Chorus Worldwide.


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