The Big Bumper Game of Puzzles Compendium appears fairly innocuous at first. You're presented with a seemingly quaint English village that looks a bit like one of those play mats you'd have as a kid, with oddly out of place sabre-toothed tigers on a sheep farm or some other such anachronisms. But then people start getting shot and you begin to notice the serious case of inbreeding that appears to have driven the inhabitants of Little Riddle absolutely mental.
Some of the citizens share disturbingly similar looks: the station master, the butcher and the police inspector all share enough similarities that it looks like they've been spunked out by the same brother and sister set up. As do the doctor, the baker and the antique dealer. The only seemingly unique character is the hotel owner but he's just Basil Fawlty's slightly more annoying cousin – so not that unique at all really.
Perhaps it doesn't help that every single character is voiced by the same person, a certain Tom Dussek, who does do an admirable job of making the characters sound different-ish but his narrator voice really begins to grate after a few puzzles. Especially with his amazingly annoying application of alliteration.
Anyway, if you've read Wez's family friendly and fun review of the first two episodes (this is going to be of all six episodes as one inglorious package) then you'll know roughly what Blue Toad is about. The Blue Toad detective agency is staffed by an odd mix of mute characters who, upon arriving at the town of Little Riddle, are immediately charged with trying to solve a few mysteries, figure out who is going around murdering bit part characters and try not to get annoyed with the general ineptitude of everyone they meet.
By ‘they' I mean you. You meet them and they've all got some problem that only you, being a super sleuth, can sort out for them. Only it doesn't really come down to any real detective work. You're not Batman-ing it up here; instead you're solving problems – maths problems, follow the curly lines to the end problems, rearranging patterns problems, a bit of sudoku here and there and other such things you'd expect to find in the 'take a break' section of an incredibly conservative newspaper or a puzzle book you'd find in a dentist's waiting room. Wordsearches also feature.
Now while a lot of these work when you're sitting there with paper to scrawl on they really don't work that well when all you have is a controller and a TV screen. It doesn't matter how big your television is, either, it's still too confusing to follow a wiggly line with your eyes. It's fine on paper when you can follow the line to the end easily enough with your finger, but the only way to do it without giving yourself a pulsing migraine would be to get your greasy fingers all over your television.