Tally ho, dear reader! Meet self proclaimed explorator Bertram Fiddle. He’s here to help solve a dark series of murders in Victorian London and you’re coming along for the ride. So what are you waiting for? Put down those tea and crumpets, stop buttering those scones and load up your Nintendo Switch for an adventure with a difference…
The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle is a point and click adventure, loaded with ridiculous humour and terrible (brilliant) puns. This is the first instalment in the series, and with the added bonus of it being cheap as chips, all the signs point to this being a crafty little bargain. And thankfully, it is just that. For starters, the animation is super smooth and there’s a surprising amount of locations to explore here. Then those locations are decorated with an utterly daft collection of characters, and I mean daft. I mean there’s one called Lord Arthwipe for heaven’s sake. Call me immature, but I sniggered every time his bloody name came up. Not forgetting of course the murder subject you’re chasing, who is literally called Geoff the Murderer. Geoff. And it’s this juxtaposition of silliness mixed with murder that makes The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle unlike any other game on the Switch right now.
The game itself is short, around 1-2 hours, with puzzles being fairly simple to complete. It’s a positive thing though, because the dialog and brilliant voice acting is not something you want to be distracted from for too long. That’s not to say you’re merely a viewer here. Bertram Fiddle needs your fingers, so to speak. As you’d expect you collect objects and interact with people to progress, with some very mild crafting thrown in for good measure. Don’t worry, not Minecraft crafting. The most you’ll be doing is combining two objects together. Oh and putting a sock on a head, you know, as a nose. That you carry round in your pocket. It sounds bonkers but it, well yeah it is. But it’s also very, very funny. If I had to give a comparison, I’d say it’s like a mixture of Fawlty Towers and Stick It To The Man. And that’s definitely a good thing. Spiffing job, Fiddle!
The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle is a comedy murder mystery with puns – what’s not to like? Jolly good show, old chap!
Punk rating: 8/10