I was loading up this game figuring, “here we go again, another stupid platform franchise game”. I’m not sure if it was the lowered expectations, or if it was the game itself, but I managed to actually have some fun with it. Much to my surprise, it didn’t completely suck.
The game is hard. Like, Pitfall hard. But, at least, it gives you what you need to get the job done. You collect all of Gadget’s abilities, and then spend hats to use them. Every object in the game (walls, enemies, etc.) holds some sort of power up, be it more abilities, or hats. And you need them. All of them.
Once you get the hang of the game, and don’t lose all of your lives on the first jump, there’s actually some thought put into it–more so at least than most franchise games. It also has some lol moments from the TV series. Doctor Claw is just a disembodied hand floating on a chair. Penny ends up getting in trouble, and the chief shows up in random places and gets blown up by the mission files. It’s good for a chuckle.
Verdict: If you don’t like platform games, then you probably won’t enjoy anything other than the small amount of nostalgia from your childhood. If you like really challenging platform games, and have a drive to push through them until you’ve made them your bitch, then Inspector Gadget will give you the challenge you seek.