Many adventure games are the tranquil counterpart to action games– they require no twitchy reflexes or precision timing, and the only time you’ll see a “game over” screen is when the credits start to roll. With the threat of danger removed, adventure games like Hector: Ep 3 begin to feel more like interactive movies than videogames. If you prefer this less hectic style of gaming, Hector is among the best.
Hector Ep 3 is the exciting conclusion to the first Hector season, and a second season is yet to be announced. That means a few loose ends get tied up neatly, and the major characters from all three games return for one last hurrah. If you were disappointed that brilliant characters like Blind Ali and the punk teenagers from the park disappeared after Episode 1, they all make cameos in Episode 3.
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In the first episode, Detective Inspector Hector was forced on a series of quests to clean up the town of Clappers Wreake, to appease a lone gunman holed up in a building. By the second episode, the chase was on for the killer, with Hector traveling between CSI-style lab tests and on-the-scene interviews and investigations.
In Episode 3, the identity of the killer is revealed, and you have to stop his evil plan from reaching fruition. There are a few more surprises left in the finale, which we won’t spoil here, and if you’ve played through the first two episodes, you’ll want to see the story through to the end.
Like the previous two games, Hector Ep 3 is filled with broad, crude humor. Some of the squickier moments include a sewage pipe that floods the room you’re stuck in, removing a spark plug from a cow’s rear end, and later in the game, Hector squeezing into a compact car full of baked beans. Although it’s all relatively harmless, this is an adventure game for semi-mature audiences, meaning it’s less Saturday morning cartoons and more Adult Swim.
You’ll also have access to a generous help system, which can remove the challenge from the game entirely if you choose. Even if you don’t use the hints, there aren’t a whole lot of different environments and inventory items to distract you from your next goal, so experienced adventurers should breeze through easily.
Hector Ep 3 isn’t the strongest game in the series– that honor goes to Ep 2, which had Hector teaming up with his fellow officers to hunt for the killer, CSI-style. Ep 3 is a bit sillier, with plenty of Sam and Max-style carnival humor and jokes about bodily functions. There’s an adventure game resurgence happening on the App Store, and Hector is a brilliant example of quality storytelling brought capably to life.