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Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery launches on PS Vita this week

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I’m Nick Davies, co-founder at Lucid Games Ltd, and this week we’re delighted to officially launch Episode 1 of Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery – out tomorrow on PlayStation Vita!

We talked a little about the story and our main characters, Jacob and Biggie, in our previous post and today we’re going to give you a little more detail on some of the other characters you’ll meet in Episode 1.

Something strange seems to be going on at Camp Eagle Feather – the counsellors don’t exactly seem like the normal group of sensible, respectable people you’d want in charge of a group of unruly kids, and there seems to be an unhealthy desire to make sure the kids are all well fed.

So who are some of the characters you’ll meet along the way? Well, let’s pick a few out…

Mr Grimmel, head of Physical Education. For someone who appears to have a pathological hatred for kids, working at a Summer Camp doesn’t exactly seem like the perfect job for him, and you should cross him at your peril.

Mr Thagorous, Head of Science. Just what’s going on inside his science laboratory? It all seems a little more dangerous than your usual school chemistry lab.

Mr Thagorous

Mr Hans, Groundsman. He seems friendly enough but he’s obsessed with the Gophers digging up his well-maintained grounds – so obsessed that he’s taken to drastic measures to get rid of them.

Mr Hans

Lunch Lady Mae, Cook. Mae takes the camp motto ‘Feeding the Future’ to extremes, no matter what time of day, there’s always mountains of food coming out of her kitchen, but surely kids are sent to Summer Camp to get some fresh air and exercise, not pig out every day?

Mae Cook

And once you’ve got over the counsellors themselves, you’ve got a bunch of unruly camp mates to meet, a Bigfoot to befriend, and then a whole host of creatures out in the forest to help you along the way.

So, just how are you going to work out what’s going on at Eagle Feather? Well, with an inquisitive mind of course. Throughout your adventure you’ll be presented with all manner of puzzles to help you progress your adventure. From logic and lateral thinking, to maths and observation, all of the puzzles you’ll be able to solve interactively using the touchscreen of your PS Vita.

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With a sharp mind you’ll be able to work it all out, but we’ve made sure there’s plenty of hints and help to find by exploring the camp.

Launching at the price of €1.99, we think Jacob Jones is great value for money and the perfect title for showing off the power and features of your PS Vita, and we hope you enjoy playing it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

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SKELLY7 14 May, 2013 @ 2:13 pm   1

Really excited for the game. Didn’t expect to get my hands on it so soon and for so cheap. This is really awesome. Well done.
Just wondering, since this will be an episodic game will there be the option of a season pass? Also, your YouTube video is private. May want to fix that ;)

    Nick Davies 14 May, 2013 @ 4:37 pm    

    thansk Skelly, we have another video coming on Thursday, so that one is currently set to Private!

well this looks like a nice game

perhaps i buy it to support a indi dev that know how to make a game not look like it was made in paint (like the browsergames from 15 years ago)

Stinkdeken 14 May, 2013 @ 2:16 pm   3

Awesome! I’m very excited for this game, will buy it as soon as I platinumed Sly ;). I hope the following episodes will be released on a steady pace and not like Telltale’s Walking Dead ;).

ChazzH69 14 May, 2013 @ 2:21 pm   4

Very good price. I’ll be grabbing this tomorrow.

The characters look great, I hope the game is too.

Hasquarl 14 May, 2013 @ 2:24 pm   5

Awesome price. That’s changed this game from “on my radar” to “day one purchase” for me. Good luck with the future episodes.

Witcher70 14 May, 2013 @ 2:25 pm   6

Instant BUY ! how often will episodes release ?

    Nick Davies 14 May, 2013 @ 4:33 pm    

    no definite dates yet as we’re hard at work but as soon as we can, watch this space for more details

Fred Dutton 14 May, 2013 @ 2:32 pm   7

Nick will be along to answer questions any minute, so do fire away…

Few questions:
Is this a kids game?
How much gaming time will we get out of this episode?
Hoe many episodes will there be?
How many trophies?
How about replay value?
Thanks

    Nick Davies 14 May, 2013 @ 4:39 pm    

    Hi Otto, I’ll try and answer in order

    Not just for kids, there;s some tricky puzzles in there
    Reviewers are saying 3-4 hours
    There’s 5 episodes in total
    Trophies, 20 I think!
    You can go back and play any puzzle again, and also there’s hidden objects to collect and some exyra puzzles

asadkhan87 14 May, 2013 @ 2:41 pm   9

Instabuy and kudos on the great pricing. Any plans for a season pass?

    Nick Davies 14 May, 2013 @ 4:42 pm    

    not as yet, am sure it’s something we’ll discuss shortly tho…

Goonboy 14 May, 2013 @ 2:45 pm   10

I hate to be ‘that guy’ but does it have a Platinum trophy?

    Nick Davies 14 May, 2013 @ 4:40 pm    

    alas not, it’s classed as a ‘small title’ so you don’t get platinums on there

asadkhan87 14 May, 2013 @ 2:48 pm   11

The puzzles shown in the trailer are giving off a strong Prof Layton vibe

pinkplaybunny 14 May, 2013 @ 2:53 pm   12

This looks cool, i like this type of game and I think episode games are perfect for the vita! Hopefully this will be the first of many.

@ Nick

How many episodes are there?

Bacon_Crispies 14 May, 2013 @ 3:10 pm   14

I was going to ask if there is a PS+ discount as I was expecting a £5-10 game, then I saw the price, bargin, my Vita is ready.

chrisboers 14 May, 2013 @ 3:48 pm   15

@14: Same here with a question on this being part of the PS Plus, but don’t bother. I’ll buy it gladly…

Stocko 14 May, 2013 @ 3:51 pm   16

Wow, I am astounded by this price, thank you very much Lucid, this game looks very charming and interesting, this will definatley be a great purchase for my Vita!

I hope you will create many more episodes, and I will definatley but downloading as soon as it uploads.

I hope for a bright future for Jacob and Co.

Gary485 14 May, 2013 @ 4:40 pm   17

How much will it be in the UK?

    Nick Davies 14 May, 2013 @ 5:35 pm    

    I think that would end up at £1.99 or £1.79, let me check with Sony..

Nick Davies 14 May, 2013 @ 4:41 pm   18

HI Guys, sorry I’m a bit late getting to the comments, fire away any questions tho!

colonialmarine_M 14 May, 2013 @ 4:44 pm   19

Why is Jacob the only human without a nose? Is this an important plot point? Anyway I can’t wait to double dip on this, looks fantastic!

joertjeuhn 14 May, 2013 @ 4:48 pm   20

What’s the total cost of the game?
5 episodes x 1,99 euro/episode?

    Nick Davies 14 May, 2013 @ 5:34 pm    

    that would make sense at this point but there’s obviously scope to change those prices, have offers etc… as we go forward..

THE_FORCE 14 May, 2013 @ 5:10 pm   21

Big fan of Travel Bug and this looks like another little gem. I LOVE games like this. Instant buy from me chaps 8-)

    Nick Davies 14 May, 2013 @ 5:36 pm    

    thanks, thats very nice of you. We’ve loved making both games for VITA

supersmith2500 14 May, 2013 @ 6:05 pm   22

@colonialmarine_M:
Ah, sometimes it’s the way the art style came out meaning you can’t see their nose. = )

    Nick Davies 15 May, 2013 @ 9:31 am    

    we’re going for a vinyl toy look so you don’t always get those features called out.

Izorpo 14 May, 2013 @ 6:09 pm   23

will definitely pick this up tomorrow as you can’t really argue with that price

as for Travel Bug my one complaint would be that when catching bugs, can only catch one even with multiples in the net. Even with multiple friends who use it I can’t help them all. Bit like choose one and sod off the rest -_- unless I’m doing something wrong.

etebitan 14 May, 2013 @ 6:21 pm   24

Hello!! Game looks great! Is it coming to the US ps store?? If so will the price be the same or not?

    Nick Davies 15 May, 2013 @ 9:30 am    

    hi there, already available on US store, I believe the price is $2.99 for you guys.

darkdudes_2 14 May, 2013 @ 7:01 pm   25

@Nick

thx for pushing the vita!
I will buy your game!

hayzink 14 May, 2013 @ 8:44 pm   26

Sounds like a good title and it has a great look.

Is it just me but or does the first pic have a kind of costume quest vibe to it

    Nick Davies 15 May, 2013 @ 9:33 am    

    we’ve had a lot of people say that, which is nice because it’s a great game, but not something we set out to copy..

FBZ1501 14 May, 2013 @ 8:51 pm   27

Yep this looks well worth picking up. Like the style and it’d be rude not to at that price!

arkham_23 15 May, 2013 @ 9:55 am   28

Looks good, especially at that price :D
However, can you play as Jacob and explore the camp in 3d, or does the game consist of puzzles in succession?

cowbanana 15 May, 2013 @ 10:43 am   29

Looks very charming, I’ll definitely try it out. At €1.99 I’ll give most things a whirl.

THE_FORCE 15 May, 2013 @ 10:58 am   30

*taps foot and looks at watch whilst waiting for it to arrive on the store*

TINTINTB303 15 May, 2013 @ 11:48 am   31

@Force

Do a manual search matey.

It’s on the store NOW!! ;-)

£1.59 is a bargain :-D

aros2011 15 May, 2013 @ 12:03 pm   32

Thanks for putting it up for a very good price – I’ll buy this as soon as I’m home from work.

I look forward to future episodes – if you keep your current pricing strategy you can count on 5 sales to me.

Good luck with the EU launch today guys!

LazyBones9000 15 May, 2013 @ 1:37 pm   33

Why aren’t Minis priced this well? Despite average reviews for this I still bought it.

Good luck with future episodes Nick/Lucid, I hope that y’all can build on the (constructive) criticism of this first episode as this game has a lot of charm.

ThugETH 15 May, 2013 @ 2:52 pm   34

Just brought this game no probs £1.59 is a steal.

Also got the star wars pinball trial. Tried to upgrade it to the full game for £7.99 then it says cant download with vita???

chrisboers 15 May, 2013 @ 3:30 pm   35

Bought this the minute it became available. Should be great fun when I get home! Now, don’t go offering a season’s pass on a rebate now, will you?? :-0

I made a video taking a look at this game.
Feel free to check it out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBRCbi25O8Y&feature=youtu.be

Mith1970 17 May, 2013 @ 11:31 am   37

Played this game yesterday, and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality and amount of content in this game. At this price, it’s really a steal! Really fun to play, and some interesting (although sometimes familiar) puzzles.

silmorat1 17 May, 2013 @ 11:55 am   38

I am really enjoying this game episode and very good value too! many thanks! and I look forward to the next one…