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HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 Review

By , on June 3, 2010

HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1
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5 out of 5


  • Solid classic adventure gameplay.
  • Detailed artwork.
  • Full spoken dialogue.
  • Animated cut-scenes.


  • Some slang is lost in translation.
  • Immature gags.


This is definitely not a game for the kiddies, but if you're after a great adult adventure game then look no further than the slovenly UK Detective in 'HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Episode 1'.

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It's time to dim the lights down low in the old brain-box because 'HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Episode 1' by Straandlooper starts in the gutter and only gets lower. That isn't to say that being gross or immature can't be funny, but comparing this straight adventure game to the Leisure Suit series will give you a good indicator of where we're at.

Set in the grimy, crime center of Britain, Detective Inspector Hector is like watching a young Joe Don Baker reprising his role as Mitchell for a UK audience. He's crass, he's low-brow, but he's the only cop left to handle a negotiation stand-off. Touching the screen will let you move around and examine world objects, while double tapping will interact with them. Objects can be combined in your inventory and a bit of lateral thinking always helps.

The game boasts over two thousand spoken lines of dialogue and while there are a few rough voice-acting moments there's plenty of great interactions to smooth things out. HECTOR features full-animated cut-scenes and excellent in-game artwork that might be a bit too detailed for some, but it's nice to see dedicated attention to detail.

As the first in a potential series Hector will only take a few hours of scratching your noggin to finish. It may be low-brow, but it's also great fun to play through, especially if you've grown up with classics like Sam and Max or the Leisure Suit series.


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ancientRobot 6 years, 5 months ago

I´m very happy Lucas Arts made one more graphic adventure game. I loved Sam&Max, Days of the Tentacle or Full Throttle. With the advent of the Star Wars series I was afraid they will turn down this genre in favor of racers and action games.

JoelTGM 7 years, 10 months ago

This game is excellent.  Some of the puzzles are actually pretty tricky, but I guess that's because I've never played a game like this before.  Pretty much every line or conversation in this game makes me laugh or at least smirk, the humor is really spot on and sharp.