[Beyond PlayStation] The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement Review
Are you ready to dive back into the colorful Victorian-era point and click adventure world of Bertram Fiddle? Then check out our Adventures of Bertram Fiddle Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement review!
Things have not gone well for Bertram Fiddle since we last saw him in the previous episode. Adventuring is not what it used to be, so he’s now taken a job at Dulsworth’s Adequate Soap Factory to be able to make ends meet. Worry not, as his most expert expertise for investigation will soon be required by none other than Mr. Dulsworth’s mother! She calls Bertram Fiddle at work and tells him that since she can’t get a hold of the esteemed Mr. Holmes, Bertram will have to do. It seems her son has been acting up rather strangely, so she tasks him to find out what is going on so that he can report back to her as soon as possible.
This sequel, which works as a stand-alone adventure of sorts if, for some reason you haven’t played The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business, is still very much a point and click adventure, so you’ll be pointing at objects and individuals either with the on-screen cursor or by tapping on the Nintendo Switch’s screen when playing in Tabletop or Portable mode, and pressing the A button on the right Joy-con or tapping again on an object or person to interact with it. Objects and NPC are very much part of the adventure game formula, so be sure to press and hold the A button so that you can see everything you can interact within each location you visit so that you don’t end up missing out on anything.
You’ll collect items as you explore each area you visit, and these items will be used to solve the many puzzles you’ll run into. Anything you collect will be added to your inventory, which is presented on the left side of the screen – hidden out of sight until you collect something or click on the tab in the lower left corner that will expand it. Any item in your inventory can be reviewed to receive a short description of what it is you’re holding, and this will usually contain a small clue as to what you can do with the item.
Most puzzles in the game are easy to understand and solve, except for a few exceptions I won’t spoil here that do require a bit of extra thinking. I’ll talk about the first puzzle in the game as to not spoil the overall experience for you so that you can get an idea of what to expect from The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement. For this particular puzzle, the machine you need to use is missing a component, but luckily you can find the missing Telegramatic Fuse Capacitor on the floor of the room.
Once you collect it, you can put it in the corresponding spot to take on the next part of the puzzle which will have you have to call potential customers to which you can sell some soap. Each customer has a card that states the spot in which you’ll need to plug the two available cables to dial up their home. So, for example, Mr. Alfred Grumpston has a card that says A.i – C.iii, which means the blue cable needs to go column A and row i, while the red cable needs to go on column A and row iii. Calling all contacts will eventually net you the three sales you require to end your day. Three sales are all you need, but I do suggest you call all contacts to get some rather funny interactions.
Using an item to fix something/make it work is only part of the equation since sometimes you will need to find different items and combine them together to get an item that will aid you in solving a puzzle. Other times you might need to move an object from point A to point B to turn it into something useful to your cause. You’ll get to put this into effect as soon as you’re out of Dulsworth’s Adequate Soap Factory after a solid day of work. There are also some instances in which you’ll control more than one character, which is a nice change of pace.
The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement does everything its prequel did great while refining things here and there to give us an even better experience. This sequel is available on Nintendo Switch for $9.99, while The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business is available on Nintendo’s hybrid console for $4.99, which means that for less than $15 you can get the whole story. The first episode was around two hours and change long, and the second episode is actually closer the four-hour mark, or longer depending on your experience with point and click adventure games, so at $9.99 I’d say you will definitely get your money’s worth with this funny and charming Victorian-era experience. I had fun playing both games for my reviews, and I look forward to seeing more of Bertram Fiddle in the future!
This The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Chorus Worldwide.