(http://www.telltalegames.com/samandmax)  Rated Teen by ESRB.  Everybody’s favorite detective dog and hyperkinetic “rabbity thing” return in their latest full-length adventure by Telltale games; Sam & Max are back again to save the day. Traveling from the North Pole, to Easter Island, and even to Hell itself, the dynamic duo spread justice and mayhem alike. Using a point and click puzzle solving system, Sam & Max’s second season of antics will both rack your brain and have you rolling on the floor with laughter.

(http://www.telltalegames.com/samandmax)  Rated Teen by ESRB.  Everybody’s favorite detective dog and hyperkinetic “rabbity thing” return in their latest full-length adventure by Telltale games; Sam & Max are back again to save the day. Traveling from the North Pole, to Easter Island, and even to Hell itself, the dynamic duo spread justice and mayhem alike. Using a point and click puzzle solving system, Sam & Max’s second season of antics will both rack your brain and have you rolling on the floor with laughter.

 

 

Presentation:

Sam & Max originally came from the world of comic books, and the game accurately reflects that vivid world. Since it is the second game in the series, players may find themselves somewhat confused at first. But the game is so wild and random that everything begins to makes sense after a while. Sam’s corny one-liners and Max’s maniacal comments make the team instantly likeable, and the rest of the cast share the same charisma. Here is a list of a few of the characters you will encounter throughout the game: a giant killer robot with a compulsion to quote music, a vice presidential goldfish with a soul of pure evil, and a rat diagnosed with terminal Tourette’s Syndrome. Every person in the world of Sam & Max is hilariously ridiculous and sure to make anyone smile.

         

Graphics:

Sam & Max is rendered in a cartoonish 3d style, bringing the vibrant comic world straight into your living room. Simple and functional, the game never strays from the comic book style intended for the series. This style suits the game extraordinarily well because the sheer silliness of the world just wouldn’t feel right in anything but a cartoon setting. This graphics style is the key component in keeping the game feeling just like the comic universe.

  

Sounds:

Both voice actors from the original Sam & Max game return to play their roles again in Season Two. Sam’s ridiculous declarations of surprise such as, “by the sacred sideburns of Isaac Asimov!” or “Gin-running George A. Romero in a baby doll tee shirt outside the food court with a forty three dollar gift certificate! We’re on the case!” are priceless. Plus Max’s hilarious threats, insults, and rude humor will split your gut. In addition the musical score definitely suits the mood, but it will be hard to notice with the non-stop antics and sound effects in the game.

        

Gameplay:

The game is played through a simple point and click, puzzle solving system. If you want Sam to go somewhere, or look at something, you simply point where you want him to go and push a button. This makes gameplay very relaxed and easy. You can also pick up certain items in the world, which you can use later to complete your goals. However, sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do. All the puzzles can only be solved in one way, and if you don’t understand exactly how the designers intended you to solve a certain problem, you will almost surely have to refer to a guide to progress further. For example, in one scene you have to throw a brain up onto a gargoyle to distract some zombies so you can get into a discotheque. If you don’t realize that the gargoyle is intended for you to throw a brain up onto, you will spend quite some time figuring out the solution. And also due to the extremely linear nature of this style of gameplay, each episode has almost no replay value. Luckily, the large point and click portion of the game is punctuated by small mini games such as running over children’s toys or boxing with rats. In the end however, there isn’t much strong emphasis on the game portion of this game, instead it focuses more on the story and its characters.

       

 

Conclusion:

Sam & Max Season 2 is a must have for anyone who enjoyed the first season. Fun, humor, violence, silliness, and a cast of the most random characters imaginable: it’s all right here in this game. While it isn’t action packed with seat of your pants excitement, it provides a change of pace with calm, puzzle-based gameplay. And though some of the puzzles are infuriatingly random and difficult, they are sure to provide quite a few hours of entertainment. In the end you have to realize that Sam & Max is really a comic book made into a video game, so the game becomes a stream of plot interspersed with sparks of actual gameplay. Overall it is still very fun, and fans of the series will not be disappointed.

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