Bertram Fiddle is a Victorian comedy murder mystery that plays as a very traditional adventure/point and click game. When the game starts you find Bertram down on his luck and working at a soap factory as his adventuring has been lacklustre since the end of the first game.
The plot of this episode frames Bertram for murder and brings back sidekick Gavin who, in my opinion, when speaks generally gets some of the best lines. Then you get into the very good puzzle elements which expand the story bringing back characters from the first game, including Geoff the murderer. The game then follows the expected curves and turns all while using the most random things to solve the puzzles that are presented in front of you. This includes the obvious prison break but done in a clever way that is so dumb it will make you laugh.
My favourite of the items that you have to use is the mucus from a snail trail to loosen up a cog. If you have played any point and click/adventure game ever you will understand that you will have to make random combinations of items to solve problems within the game. The style of humour in Bertram is perfect for me wherein most of the jokes are levelled at a specific type of humour.
While playing through the game I found the static art style very over the top but very well done. The animated characters look and sound beautiful with great voice acting. The game itself took about 7-8 hours to play through from the beginning to the end credits including the most random death of a character I have ever seen. I won’t spoil it though as it had me laughing out loud when it happened.
The game was originally designed to be played on a touchscreen and brings back the pointer on the screen which is a bit faster than in the first game but still very slow. The slow pace of the game is perfect for that as there is only one puzzle that requires a speedy reaction and it is telegraphed so much that you don’t need to rush the pointer across the screen. Though it isn’t all positive I came across a few bugs that hindered it, for instance, Bertram becoming stuck and running on the spot until I went back and came out of where I was. Another bug happened when I gave someone an item before the game expected it. Because of this, I couldn’t get back to a spot I needed to in order to finish the game. With this it meant backtracking through multiple screens and then go back after I couldn’t go the way I thought I could. Sorry for being purposefully vague as this was right at the end of the game. While reading up about this issue I went on the Steam forums which advised that there were loads of bugs that were game breaking on the PC but luckily I didn’t experience any of those on the Switch version.
This is a fun game with a few minor bugs experienced. I quickly managed to get around to sorting them out myself if maybe by accident. The dialogue is fun, the story is fun as well and the puzzle aren’t as obtuse as say the ones in the Deponia series. Overall I recommend this game and say that people will enjoy it for what it is – a silly Victorian romp.
Beard score 7/10
Platform: Steam, Mobile, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 22/11/18 (Switch)
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Puzzle
Publisher: Chorus Worldwide Games