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|Acting||The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting).||4.0|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||3.0|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||3.0|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||3.0|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.0|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed||3.0|
|Overall MobyScore (1 vote)||3.2|
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The third episode serves as a nice catalyst in the overall puzzle with cohesive puzzles and a more serious tone to the story. I love the plot leading up to the final encounter and Monty Muzzle is a clichéd but fun villain. If you have enjoyed the series up to this point this latest outing is different, but familiar enough to keep your interest piqued and prepared for the final chapter. Personally I think I am slowly becoming a fan of the quirky duo the more I play these wonderfully charming titles.
If you are looking for an adventure game to play, you could do a lot worse than Muzzled. It’s defiantly fun for at least one play through.
After coming away from The Last Resort with the opinion that it was one to avoid, it’s great to be able to say that Muzzled! is much easier to recommend for any console-playing adventure gamers out there. It’s far from the best example of the genre on XBLA (you should grab The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition, and the Sam & Max series before this), but it’s a fun romp that won’t put any serious strain on the ol’ noodle, and the best episode of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures thus far.
This episode scores big for me in terms of relating all the puzzle elements to one cohesive story rather than simply throwing out arbitrary challenges that are only meant to serve as obstacles. Here the puzzles all mean something within the overall context of the story. The flip side is that this episode is a bit light on humor. The characters and events have that trademark charm, of course, but there aren't nearly as many laughs here as there were in the previous episodes. Fans of the series are bound to pick this one up anyway but if laughing is more important to you than thinking, this episode probably isn't for you.
Muzzled! takes around two hours to finish, and is certainly a bit more dynamic that the first two episodes in this season in terms of figuring puzzles out. On the other hand, it feels much shorter than past episodes, without any sort of chapter divisions like in episode two. The climax of the story, however, is quite interesting, albeit a tad rushed. Still, it sets up the apparent season finale for episode four, The Bogey Man, nicely.