Hector: Badge of Carnage – review

Hubby bought this game for me off Steam when it was on sale, and I spent one of my weekends playing all 3 episodes. I’ll start by saying that you like your games to be non-offensive and to be politically correct… you’ll loathe Hector. If you don’t like toilet jokes, stay away as well.

When a hostage crisis erupts in the centre of Clappers Wreake, Hector has to make a choice: carry out a terrorist’s demands, or let innocent hostages die. Hector’s still on the fence.

Above is the blurb for the first episode, which got me interested in the series. This, I thought, sounded like a game that didn’t give a damn about being politically correct. And the game delivered on that aspect, all 3 episodes of it. Have you ever dreamt about destroying a porn shop using returned, second-hand dildoes? Dream no more, as in Hector you get to do exactly this. Thinking back, the story felt like a collection of “WTF” scenarios, strung together nicely to form a coherent story. And I’m not complaining. If anything, I found it highly entertaining. My reaction to most of the things that happened in the game was this: “…did he just did/said what I think he just did/said…?”

Hector is your traditional point-and-click adventure, and since I’m not very good at those games… I found that I couldn’t solve most of the puzzles. Thankfully the game has an in-built hint system, but more on that later… If you’re wondering whether the game’s sense of humour would appeal to you, go check the official site at Telltale Games for sample CGs and accompanying dialogue(s). The screenshots provided at the original official website aren’t really what you’d get in the game though. Reading wiki, it seems like Hector was originally released on iPhone before Telltale Games ported it to PC, hence the 2 official websites.

The game was voiced, which added an excellent finishing touch to the personality of the (semi-)protagonist. But… Hector’s accent and drawl made him near impossible for me to understand a word he said. Thankfully the game has subtitles… apart from the opening video in Episode 1, in which I couldn’t understand a single word Hector said.

Keeping in theme with the game, the hint system is equally sarcastic and condescending… one opening sentence I could still remember from bringing up the hint system is “Ballbags. Not you again.” Sure, the hint system will give you all the hints you need, but not without hurling some insults peppered with some choice words. And I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I actually found it highly amusing. Although I’ll admit that near the end of episode 3 the following ‘conversation’ happened:
Hint System: You again? You do realise that the point of this game is to solve the puzzles yourself, right?
Voice in my head: I know. …I’m sorry.
…the hint system, sadly, was not voiced.

If you enjoy point-and-click adventure and politically incorrect jokes, Hector is worthwhile checking. Not sure if it’s worth the U$20 price tag though… (during the sale it was about U$5).


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. miruki
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 01:59:42

    Oh, I was thinking of getting it some day, since I love point & click adventures, but the art had always put me a little off, so I never really paid much attention to it. But this sounds highly amusing. Will definitely get this when it’s on a sale again (which happens a lot on steam, so I don’t think it will take too long. ;>)

    Did you play Puzzle Bots? I found that rather cute and fun and the puzzles are mostly obvious, so even if you usually fail at Point & Clicks, this would probably be doable. No toilet humor in there tho, but still funny enough. ;> And it shouldn’t be that pricey, but it’s rather short, I think I finished it in less than 5 hours? Maybe even less than three… ^^; Don’t remember that well, already been ages since I played it.


    • sharakael
      Mar 24, 2012 @ 18:41:27

      I played Puzzle Bots and finished it while I was on a holiday (with no internet connection), and completely forgot to review it ^^; Got it when it was on sale as well… and yea, can’t remember much about it either so I don’t think I’d review it :/


      • miruki
        Mar 25, 2012 @ 22:48:21

        I guess the only thing special and charming about it are the little bots you play with and their different abilities… while the story was cute, you’re definitely right with it not being very memorable. And the normal price tag (4,49€ in the EU Steam store) is way too high, I checked again and it took me even less than 3 hours to complete the game. I think I got it for around 2€ on a sale and that’s a fair price for such a short game imo. 🙂


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