This demo alone convinced us that Telltale has a firm grasp on the unique humor of the classic Aardman Animation shorts -- and also their charming visual style. It's one thing to create controllable dogs and rabbits or citizens of Strongbadia, but something entirely different to capture the essence of real plasticine figures ... in motion, no less.
What we saw looked to be very familiar stuff for anyone who's played one of Telltale's point-and-click adventures, but the inherent abundance of Wallace's Rube Goldberg style devices from the shorts -- being brought into the game -- created a unique situation of puzzles within puzzles. The particular situations we were shown had Gromit (who doesn't talk, though his expressions speak volumes) repairing an egg-breaking contraption in order to prepare his master's breakfast; trading off control, Wallace had to figure out exactly what was wrong with his honey making "machine."
Alas, just as we were to learn how the duo's new business venture, the From Bee to You home honey delivery service, was going to fulfil a 50-gallon order overnight, the demo came to a close. Still, If the gameplay of the four planned episodes -- each pegged at roughly 4-5 hours in length -- can hold up to the impressive presentation, 360 and PC owners have some truly grand adventures to look forward to.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store
- Drive capacity 4 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Camera / optical
- Video outputs Component, HDMI (v1.4)
- Weight 10.9 lb
- Released 2010-08-03
Microsoft Xbox One