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Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress (Windows)

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Description

Although this game has a "2" in the title, the time frame of the story actually makes it a prequel to the first game, Tony Tough and the Night of Roasted Moths.

The year is 1953 and you play the 13-year old Tony Tough in his hometown Washington, New Mexico were he has to solve his first case. It all begins when someone breaks into the house of Florence Cook. The burglar didn't find what he was looking for and was arrested later, but the old lady couldn't handle the stress and died. Later the police set the burglar loose again. Then Florence's niece Cornelia (who works as a maid at his parents' house) disappears - and with her a few valuable artifacts she just inherited from Florence. So Tony steps into the scene and finally decides to solve the case with the help of his dog Pantagruel and his loyal friend Seymour.

As in every point 'n click adventure, you move Tony through still environments filled with items and characters you can pick up or interact with. In order to solve the many riddles on your way to solving the whole case, you need to find many items and sometimes combine them on your journey. You talk in a multiple-choice manner with other inhabitants of Washington to get information on what to do next.

The game also doesn't really take you by the hand. The riddles themselves aren't always straight forward and need some serious thinking. Once you've solved the first few riddles, you're free to roam the town, talk to the various characters and complete tasks along the way which don't seem to help you on your case at first. But as you play on, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place until you've solved Tony Tough's very first case.

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Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress Windows Title screen
Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress Windows The symbols on the top of the screen stand for different topics you can choose in your conversation.
Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress Windows Tony's late for school.
Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress Windows There are some bugs in the game. Some are not as harmless as this one.

Alternate Titles

  • "Крутой Тони. Похождения балбеса" -- Russian title
  • "Tony Tough 2: Détective Privé" -- French title
  • "Tony Tough 2: Der Klugscheisser kehrt zurück" -- German title

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The Press Says

JeuxVideoPC.com Nov 03, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Gamona Nov 08, 2006 79 out of 100 79
PC Powerplay Oct 25, 2006 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2006 70 out of 100 70
Gamesmania Nov 03, 2006 70 out of 100 70
Eurogamer.de Nov 08, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Adventurespiele Nov 08, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure Europe Aug 31, 2006 57 out of 100 57
PC Action Dec 20, 2006 45 out of 100 45
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 15, 2006 9 out of 20 45

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Sicarius (61021) added Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress (Windows) on Oct 27, 2006