Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures Ep. 4: The Bogey Man Review: FORE!!!
It doesn’t seem all that long ago when I wrote the review for the first Wallace & Gromit episode, “Fright of the Bumblebees.” The short-lived series had both its high and low points, but they were acceptable nonetheless. “The Bogey Man” is the final installment of “Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures,” but does it end with a proper bang?
Our plot begins when Felicity’s Grand-Aunt Prudence gives her blessings for an accidental wedding proposal by Wallace. Fortunately for Wallace, Gromit overhears a family loophole with Aunt Prudence: she will not approve of any man marrying her niece if they join the Prickly Thicket Golf Club. So Wallace joins to get away from misunderstanding. However, the club is missing a key element of any golf club; the golf course! Due to a misappropriated land deed, they don’t have a golf course, although its members tend to hang around playing snooker and drinking tea. The only reason why they bother to remain as members is to have the prestige of being part of a golf club.
Much like the previous episodes, “The Bogey Man” still suffers from the cliché designed puzzles that are known throughout the entire Telltale series of games. As with the other titles in the series, there are three puzzles to solve, which you can do in any order. The puzzles themselves are mixture of both frustration and clever design, which, again keeps in line with the previous episodes of Wallace & Gromit. Fortunately for “The Bogey Man,” there is a bit more freedom to be had in this episode, but even with that, it would be nice to see the adventure genre not get tied into a cookie cutter format.
One of the standout features in this episode, along with most of the others, is the writing, which is very well done. Despite the lack of an antagonist, the story line flows well, and the humor should meet the expectations of the Wallace and Gromit fans. It is also very low-key, much like “The Last Resort,” only it works better in this episode. The lines are delivered much more precisely, making the towns folks and the previously annoying characters actually likable in this episode.
That being said, this is not the best episode of “Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures,” check out “Muzzled” for that honor. Even though it isn’t at the top of the list, it’s not necessarily disappointing, yet, for a season finale, it doesn’t end with a bang either. It is a mediocre conclusion, with redundantly designed puzzles that are only compensated for by the game’s great writing.
“Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures Ep. 4: The Bogey Man” was released on July 29th for PC, and TBD for Xbox Live Arcade. The version reviewed was the PC version.