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).