Jones has you playing as the titular character in a most memorable summer stay at Camp Eagle Feather, in an adventure that requires lateral thinking, observation, and those always pesky piece of shit basic math skills. The game also has awesome pop culture references, and an art style that to me, is reminiscent of Little Big Planet meets anything done by Double Fine.
Episode 1 lasts about 4 to 5 hours, not bad for the price and content, and offers 24 puzzles to solve throughout the debut entry. Points for solving the challenges are awarded in the form of merits, a fitting unit of measure for the summer camp themed title; and upon solving the puzzles, players are rewarded with a cleverly named merit badge which can shared and showcased on Facebook and/or Twitter. Jones also offers a collectible item hunt, requiring players to find empty soda cans that are scattered about Eagle Feather, not in the fucking garbage, where they belong. Collecting cans awards phone credits, points that can be spent in increments of 1, 2, or 3 for a hint on solving the puzzles.
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery is a must-try for any owner of the Vita. The fun, creative puzzles along with a very visually appealing art style and creative use of the Vita’s peripheral features can’t be ignored for the bargain deal that it is.