It has been a while since we've covered one of CarmelGame's point-and-click games and their unique aesthetic. In this latest adventure of theirs, you play as a character Gus, whose day starts off as any other with your boss at the pizza shop screaming at you to be more efficient with your deliveries. Mysteriously, one of your orders is to be taken to your Uncle's lab, despite Gus being keenly aware of his Uncle's distaste for the food. Nonetheless, after some effort to search for the entrance, he brings it over. One thing begets the next, and before you know it, Gus is at the center of hatching a plot to win a city-wide contest! But if you think Gus only wants to enter this contest for the prize money, your heart will be warmed as you discover his real motivation to try and claim top prize, and why he'll do anything to attain it.
Faraday's Flaw is larger and longer than many of CarmelGame' other pieces, many of which we have reviewed on JiG. If you enjoyed those, you will certainly love the adventure of Gus through the brightly colored landscape and traversing more scenes than usual. They also introduce several new and interesting puzzles, so sometimes you'll have to think out of the box - or lab, whatever - to garner their solutions! Enjoy a colorful cast of characters as well, from your boss and his "secret ingredient" for the pizzas, to your (Gus's) Uncle and father, to the flamboyant characters holding up the line to submit some paperwork. (It's tough going when you can't remember your own name.) There are a couple of cool retro-style cutscenes tossed in for good measure as well!
I enjoyed the extended nature of the game in comparison to some of the other titles, as well as the variety of the puzzles. It took a little time to get the solutions initially. If you're a little less patient, don't fret, as there are walkthroughs available whenever you need a hint. But sometimes it's a good idea to make sure you're truly stuck before giving into the temptation of an easy solution.
As usual, to play the game you just point and click your mouse at objects within the environment. The cursor changes to reflect something that you can interact with, and at the bottom of your screen you'll find your inventory to manage all the strange objects you'll pick up. Occasionally, you'll need to use one item on another or on the background to solve a puzzle or to advance the story. You can talk to some characters by clicking on them, which may give you some hints as to proceed further. Good luck assisting Gus in his mission!