Reviewed by Jennifer – GEV.com
The Big Ben Burglary is the second episode of recently released Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math. The queen of criminals in education based games was brought back to the gaming world with the help of WiiWare just a few weeks ago. I also got the chance to review its first episode, The Lady Liberty Larceny. The first episode gave you the taste of how things were, merging new Layton inspired puzzles with the classic gameplay style of the original Carman Sandiego games. Like I mentioned in the last review, the term Math in the title doesn’t mean that the game is all just math.
The gameplay in The Big Ben Burglary is exactly the same as in the last episode. You take the roll of an agent chasing Sandiego all over the world, while interviewing many witnesses. On the way, you point your Wii Remote to find clues and take part in puzzle games. These puzzle based minigames ask you to solve a visual pattern or do calculations. If you want to find out more about the general gameplay, please head over to the review of Lady Liberty Larceny.
The Big Ben Burglary left me mostly disappointed; it’s not that I didn’t like the gameplay or the setting. The game is just too short, even for an episodic game; this is ends a little too fast. I also felt that the story hasn’t picked up in this episode; it feels like a filler of a Japanese anime where you just want to skip the episode. The difficulty of puzzles is also very easy, I did not feel like an investigator because I was able to solve everything within minutes, and by the end of second hour, I was done with the game.
The Big Ben Burglary also lacks the puzzle mini games. Unlike its predecessor, the game feels a little rushed out. I would have loved it if the same amount of puzzles was given to you and that they offered some challenge. I wouldn’t say to skip the game if you have played the first game, but really, there isn’t any reason for you to play this episode.