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The Feeble Files deserves your consideration for a very important reason: if you're reading this review, you are most likely an avid adventure gamer. And, as an avid adventure gamer, you seek true adventure--games that challenge you and give you the thrill of accomplishment, that make you feel as though you actually lived the adventure. The word "adventure" itself denotes a challenge that involves investing a good amount of time and that involves using your reasoning, creativity, and tenacity. When I say The Feeble Files is an adventure, I mean it is a true adventure.
The Feeble Files is a 2D cartoon adventure game originally made in 1997 and brought to the Macintosh by Epic Interactive, the publishers of Simon the Sorcerer II. It's a comedy that matches wit for wit some of the most well-known comedic adventure game productions, and it is every bit as enjoyable as any classic LucasArts or Sierra game that I've had the pleasure of slapping into the ol' computer.
If you're the kind that really likes a challenge, the Feeble Files is for you. It combines that old school adventuring you love with challenging gameplay and a professional feel. When I first got my assignment to write a review about The Feeble Files, I nearly wet myself with glee, and, although the game became quite difficult at times, and the sound was at times annoying, and the graphics became occasionally unappealing, I was not left disappointed by this adventure gaming classic.
The Feeble Files has been an interesting re-introduction to the point-and-click genre. With a game like this, the payoff lies in the story. With its Euro-centric characters, and strange combination of a totalitarian society and humor (for example, a lady gets killed by a "happy bot" for crying in public), it keeps me interested just enough to keep playing.
Overall, I say that The Feeble Files could have been a great game, but the puzzles make it much too difficult and could have been better integrated into the story. The story and characters are well-written and are almost good enough to recommend purchase. However, unless you're very patient or don't feel bad by looking at hints or walkthroughs to solve the hard puzzles, I suggest looking elsewhere.