Irish animation studio Straandlooper is really pushing the suggestive limits of the App Store with the first installment of their episodic adult adventure game, Hector: Badge of Carnage [$3.99]. This point and click adventure game (or, more accurately, point and tap I suppose) puts players in charge of Hector, a police officer from the town of Clappers Wreake. The game opens with a fantastically drawn and voiced over animated cut scene which really sets the bar for the rest of the game.

In the first episode, Hector is called in to do some hostage negotiation at a building being guarded by a sniper who has been picking off any policemen who enter his line of sight. Progressing through the game, like any similar adventure game, involves analyzing your environment, picking up items, and combining or using them in creative ways to overcome obstacles. For instance, getting out of the room you start in will require clever use of a old shoe, a spoon, a condom, and a paperclip.

The rest of the game continues in this manner, and aside from manipulating objects you will also need to interact with various characters in game through extensive dialog trees. The first instance of this requires Hector to talk his way in to making a young thug locked up at the police station to quite literally give him his pants. All of this dialog both pops up as text on screen and is accompanied by a voiceover, and the voice work is actually quite enjoyable.

I'm reluctant to mention much more of what happens in the game since so much of these kind of adventure games can be spoiled by mentioning future items or situations you'll find yourself in, what I will say is that Hector: Badge of Carnage will be a joy for any fan of adventure games or suggestive humor to play through. The writing is funny, the things you have to do and the actions required to do them are often hilarious, and the cut scenes are fantastic.

Really, the only down side to Hector: Badge of Carnage is the lack of an easy to use in-game hint system. Playing through the game I sometimes found myself flat out stumped as to what to do next, resorting to just tapping everything imaginable on screen, attempting to combine every item, and/or using every item on every nearby object. I suppose I'm spoiled by The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition [$7.99] which comes with a hint system that starts out very vague in attempt to point you in the right direction with additional hints that eventually just flat out tell you what to do-- A much better alternative than puzzling hints given to you by your partner Lambert who you need to get to first before you can get any assistance.

The first episode of Hector: Badge of Carnage will likely only take you a few hours to play through, or substantially less if you're constantly looking up what to do next online. Beware, it ends in a cliffhanger, and I really can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    There is an in-game hint system. His name is Lambert.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      You updated the text, you sly dog ;).

      • ultimo

        I think he had to as he is talking about the game, how can tht mistake let a few ppl on the fence buy it? :)

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        I understand that. It just makes me sound like a tool ;).

      • ultimo

        Tht is clear to me too ;)

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    There is an in-game hint system. His name is Lambert.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      You updated the text, you sly dog ;).

      • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

        I think he had to as he is talking about the game, how can tht mistake let a few ppl on the fence buy it? :)

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        I understand that. It just makes me sound like a tool ;).

      • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

        Tht is clear to me too ;)

  • TellTale

    I hope an iPad version is coming. I would buy it in an instant on the iPad.

  • TellTale

    I hope an iPad version is coming. I would buy it in an instant on the iPad.

  • MrMuesli

    'suggestive humour'? 'In ya' face humour' more like......I love it: ) I suspect some of the one-liners will only be appreciated by Brits. The game play itself is challenging to just the right degree, and I even think I might play it again once I'm done, as I'm sure I've skipped over some great lines when choosing a path of conversation.

  • MrMuesli

    'suggestive humour'? 'In ya' face humour' more like......I love it: ) I suspect some of the one-liners will only be appreciated by Brits. The game play itself is challenging to just the right degree, and I even think I might play it again once I'm done, as I'm sure I've skipped over some great lines when choosing a path of conversation.

  • MSQ

    Love the Polish accent in game.

  • MSQ

    Love the Polish accent in game.

  • Johnny Mnemonic

    It was a great deal of fun!

  • Johnny Mnemonic

    It was a great deal of fun!

  • The Theory

    This kind of game is not my forte--I always suck at them. Still, this one has a beautiful presentation (both visually and otherwise) which has drawn me in. Had to use the help thread once (d'oh!), and rather feel like I might be close to needing more help... but hopefully I can get some kind of brainstorm as I work through my open areas again.

    Anyway, really is a brilliant game and a must-get for anyone who likes snarky British humor.

  • The Theory

    This kind of game is not my forte--I always suck at them. Still, this one has a beautiful presentation (both visually and otherwise) which has drawn me in. Had to use the help thread once (d'oh!), and rather feel like I might be close to needing more help... but hopefully I can get some kind of brainstorm as I work through my open areas again.

    Anyway, really is a brilliant game and a must-get for anyone who likes snarky British humor.

  • http://appaddict.net Brett

    I LOVED this game, definitely one of the best experiences I've had on the iPod in a while. It really made me miss the good old days of Sierra point-and-click adventure games. Great humor and high production values.

    Didn't use any threads for help, but did make minor usage of Lambert (by accident) which got me out of a bind. I really hope that the second episode gets made, because this one went by much too quickly.

  • http://appaddict.net Brett

    I LOVED this game, definitely one of the best experiences I've had on the iPod in a while. It really made me miss the good old days of Sierra point-and-click adventure games. Great humor and high production values.

    Didn't use any threads for help, but did make minor usage of Lambert (by accident) which got me out of a bind. I really hope that the second episode gets made, because this one went by much too quickly.

  • Diab

    Hector is my new hero

  • Diab

    Hector is my new hero

  • http://www.qwiboo.com qwiboo

    Love this game! Reminds me of an old adventures like Monkey Island. Amazing how much detail and love authors put into this game. I'm sure I'll need to play it few times to catch all those side-jokes :)

  • http://www.qwiboo.com qwiboo

    Love this game! Reminds me of an old adventures like Monkey Island. Amazing how much detail and love authors put into this game. I'm sure I'll need to play it few times to catch all those side-jokes :)

  • Ben

    Man, if this was universal I'd buy it right now. Hopefully an iPad version is coming soon.

  • Ben

    Man, if this was universal I'd buy it right now. Hopefully an iPad version is coming soon.

  • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    I can't believe that took me two days to finish... xD It was amazingly hilarious and challenging though!

  • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    I can't believe that took me two days to finish... xD It was amazingly hilarious and challenging though!

  • Karma32

    iPad version please. I stopped buying iphone games like a lot of people I know, waiting it out for an iPad release.

  • Karma32

    iPad version please. I stopped buying iphone games like a lot of people I know, waiting it out for an iPad release.

  • Feroc

    Need iPad version now. :)

  • Feroc

    Need iPad version now. :)

  • Jehbeh

    I'd love an iPad version, too!

  • Jehbeh

    I'd love an iPad version, too!

  • BRW-73

    Fellas, the game looks great on my iPad...

  • BRW-73

    Fellas, the game looks great on my iPad...

  • ab

    iPad version plz

  • ab

    iPad version plz

  • Nigel

    Bought this based on the review and I am totally hooked. Great fun, super graphics and hilarious dialogue etc. Probably my App of the year so far (and I don't really go in for these point and click type games). Recommended!

    • http://www.cheap-lacostepoloshirts.co.uk lacoste polo shirts

      on my iPad and it looks great with the small exception of some mildly pixelated text. I wouldn't bother waiting for an iPad version that may not ever come.

  • Nigel

    Bought this based on the review and I am totally hooked. Great fun, super graphics and hilarious dialogue etc. Probably my App of the year so far (and I don't really go in for these point and click type games). Recommended!

  • Neilcb

    In the cell I can't even find how to get the shoe/boot...any help?

    • MrMuesli

      I think the answer is in the Hector Help thread. Have a look in there...

  • Neilcb

    In the cell I can't even find how to get the shoe/boot...any help?

    • MrMuesli

      I think the answer is in the Hector Help thread. Have a look in there...

  • John

    How do I get the paperclip out of the toilet?

  • John

    How do I get the paperclip out of the toilet?

  • Mel Swelnererenenegegen

    I'm going to cast my vote for an iPad version. I too have stopped buying iPhone only versions. I just don't game on my iPhone that much anymore.

    This game looks really fun and ballsy and I will definitely pick it up when it goes iPad.

    I'm not really a fan of point-and-click adventure games and tend to avoid them like the plague (unlike many gamers, I don't have any attachment to the LucasArts games like Monkey Island or Grim Fandango, for example), but the humor and wit of that trailer won me over.

  • Mel Swelnererenenegegen

    I'm going to cast my vote for an iPad version. I too have stopped buying iPhone only versions. I just don't game on my iPhone that much anymore.

    This game looks really fun and ballsy and I will definitely pick it up when it goes iPad.

    I'm not really a fan of point-and-click adventure games and tend to avoid them like the plague (unlike many gamers, I don't have any attachment to the LucasArts games like Monkey Island or Grim Fandango, for example), but the humor and wit of that trailer won me over.

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj Diego

    I've bought the game this afternoon and have finished it right now. It's totally awesome. These 3 Euros are probably the best investment I've made for an iPhone game. I've been playing it for 5 to 6 hours, although I'm not that kind of person that plays point and click adventures. Frankly, I'm not a fan of Monkey Island at all. But this game is just great. A gem in the App Store I'm afraid will never get the attention it deserves.

    I didn't need any help at all. Only a small hint from Lambert confirmed an idea that I already had.

    Just buy it! Don't even think about it. Trust me, it's fantastic!

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj Diego

    I've bought the game this afternoon and have finished it right now. It's totally awesome. These 3 Euros are probably the best investment I've made for an iPhone game. I've been playing it for 5 to 6 hours, although I'm not that kind of person that plays point and click adventures. Frankly, I'm not a fan of Monkey Island at all. But this game is just great. A gem in the App Store I'm afraid will never get the attention it deserves.

    I didn't need any help at all. Only a small hint from Lambert confirmed an idea that I already had.

    Just buy it! Don't even think about it. Trust me, it's fantastic!

  • Alex agharta

    Loved the game:)
    At least a adventure game on the iphone which is not a port! way to go boys!

  • Alex agharta

    Loved the game:)
    At least a adventure game on the iphone which is not a port! way to go boys!

  • http://www.girlguiding.org.uk AimeeLingman

    For those waiting for an iPad version - I've played this on my iPad and it's lovely (if that could be said of Hector). The visuals are so amazing that it translates really well to the pad. Give it a shot, because it could be some time before they release an ipad version!

  • http://www.girlguiding.org.uk AimeeLingman

    For those waiting for an iPad version - I've played this on my iPad and it's lovely (if that could be said of Hector). The visuals are so amazing that it translates really well to the pad. Give it a shot, because it could be some time before they release an ipad version!

  • iPhone is the ideal adventurin

    Instant buy as soon as I'm home where I can gobble up a large app like this via wifi!

  • iPhone is the ideal adventuring device

    Instant buy as soon as I'm home where I can gobble up a large app like this via wifi!

  • Mak Akas

    Best damn 3 euros i've spent this year - FANTASTC !!!

  • Mak Akas

    Best damn 3 euros i've spent this year - FANTASTC !!!

  • SoyLocoMoco

    I've been playing it on my iPad and it looks great with the small exception of some mildly pixelated text. I wouldn't bother waiting for an iPad version that may not ever come. (Though I agree, universal versions should become the norm at some point)

  • SoyLocoMoco

    I've been playing it on my iPad and it looks great with the small exception of some mildly pixelated text. I wouldn't bother waiting for an iPad version that may not ever come. (Though I agree, universal versions should become the norm at some point)

  • kanthan

    came across this game by accident, fucking loved it now i am a fan of Iphone which i hated before,

  • kanthan

    came across this game by accident, fucking loved it now i am a fan of Iphone which i hated before,

  • jonh

    I dont think any person whos actually played this game and doesnt like it

  • jonh

    I dont think any person whos actually played this game and doesnt like it

  • Kyothu

    I need EP 2. Now.

  • Kyothu

    I need EP 2. Now.

  • Blueshorty411

    It's not giving me the option to have the drummer play papas got a brand new bag

HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 4.5