REVIEW / The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: A Dreadly Business (iOS)

 

Describing The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: A Dreadly Business in three words would be: Victorian, crime, and weird noses (okay, maybe four words). Essentially, it is a point-and-click adventure game for the iOS that is set in a fictional Victorian era. With a saturated market of point-and-click games, what the game offers are simple controls, funny characters, and an interesting mini-game.

 

 

The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle is an episodic game that follows the titular character Bertram Fiddle. Fiddle is an adventurer and with his one-eyed sidekick, the burly Gavin, has traveled all over the world accomplishing many successes. In the first episode, Fiddle is uncovering the identity of a serial killer whose latest victim has serendipitously been switched with Fiddle’s dog. Fiddle must use his wits to chase after the killer and recover his precious puppy.

Controlling Fiddle with a mobile device is simple. A tap on a certain area will move Fiddle to that location. Tapping certain items and people will make Fiddle interact with them. In order to figure out which areas in a screen Fiddle can interact with, a simple tap and hold will show all those. In some obstacles, Fiddle will recruit the assistance of Gavin, in which case tapping on Gavin and the corresponding thing will trigger a response. The controls are very appropriate for a mobile device, especially when most of the screen is needed for smaller devices.

 

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One aspect of the game’s design is the characters’ noses. It is part of its aesthetic, and somewhat gives each character a personality. Gavin’s small nose, for example, is a funny (or ironic) contrast to his strength and stature. Throughout the game, Fiddle will meet a cast of characters with their own eccentricities. Each character adds humor to the game—something that can be appreciated easily in a game featuring a serial killer and weird noses.

An interesting part of the game is a mini-game that features Fiddle running either to chase someone or to flee from something. The mini-game is played by swiping up or down to avoid obstacles that will hinder Fiddle’s progress from chasing or fleeing. It is especially fun playing the mini-game via a tablet; the only downside is that, at least for this episode, there are only a couple of instances for this mini-game.

 

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The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: A Dreadly Business is a really good point-and-click adventure game for mobile devices. Anyone can pick this game up easily with its simple controls. Those who are looking for a good laugh will also find the game’s story and characters (such as their noses) funny. There is also a fun mini-game played a few times in the game that takes a break from tapping objects in the screen. This is a great first outing from developer Rumpus, whose background as an award-winning animation studio shows in all of Bertram‘s the charming little touches, which will have us coming back for more murder-mystery shenanigans.

 

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