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GF Rating
6.1

569 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
9

Excellent

Not bad for a rabbity-thing

posted by kingkool (LARCHMONT, NY) Jan 3, 2009

Member since May 2008

Ok. I played this game and I think it was great. The only problem is that it needs to much thought. For each episode i had to use a walkthrough atleast once. Plus the game is too short. The walking is also abnormal. You point and click on where you want to walk. Rent this game, but whatever you do DON'T BUY IT.

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GF Rating
7

Good

A 27 year old gamer's perspective...

posted by Memdoch (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Jan 1, 2009

Member since Jun 2005

I didn't finish the game. I got through the first three episodes and my nostalgia wore off.
See, I'm already starting to get old and grizzled about video games because I grew up in the era of the Lucas Arts adventure games.
Games like Grim Fandango, The Monkey Island series, Loom, I even played Zak McKracken when it first came out and I remember games that knew how bad their graphics were and had to make up for it with funny writing. Maybe I was just a dumb kid then and didn't know better, but I thought the original Sam and Max was some wacky trippy stuff...
So I was hopeful when this came out. For the first half hour or so I was a gleeful smiling idiot child again brandishing my couch friendly mouse turned wiimote and clicking wacky dialogue choices and guess what? I felt like this neglected genre might have a showing again... then something creeped into my head and it wouldn't go away and it was this thought, "This is really really stupid," yes... It was stupid. Not silly, but dumb. Chasing around ex-child stars that urinate too often. Talking with a tattoo artist turned therapist turned UFO hunter. And punching the president?
These things sound good on paper, but there's something about being weird for weird sake and being weird for some satirical value. The game's rated T for Teen so it can rise above Saturday morning cartoon fluff and actually do something with the story because in an adventure game that's really all you have.
So I'll give it a seven for the nostalgia. The episode idea was good, the stories were at least unique and didn't have one space marine, and the voice acting was pretty solid. But the writing should have been a priority.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Hire these "Freelance Police" officers

posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Nov 20, 2008

Top Reviewer

Member since Jan 2008

Usually the words "point and click" draws up bad memories of short games, tough puzzles, and bland characters. But in this case, not having two out of the three is good.
Sam and Max: Season One gives a lot of content: there are six episodes, each taking about two hours to play though for a total of twelve hours of fun.
These episodes are interlinked, so it's best to play though them in order so the story makes the most sense.
That is, the most sense in Sam and Max way. To solve these puzzles you'll have to think sideways, maybe even upside down (give a guy a cake with ketchup frosting?). If you get stuck, you can Google the answers.
But the thing I like best about this game is that it's hilarious. The writing is spot on, and these two make some great snide remarks and say politically incorrect things.
The supporting cast is also funny. I particularly like the COPS - a group of four outdated machines.
Yes, Sam and Max: Season One is a point and click game, but it's the best I've seen in a long time. Fans of the genre and/or the cartoon show, forget about renting - this one you should buy a copy of.

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