Game Review: Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse – Episode 2: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak
Release: May 18, 2010
Genre: Point and Click Adventure
Developer: TellTale Games
Available Platforms: PC/ PS3/ iPad/ Mac
MSRP: $34.95 (cost for full season)
ESRB Rating: E10
Sam and Max Episode 2 begins exactly where Episode 1 left off, underground in a dank little room staring at..well.. spoilers.. So how about I begin by saying that this episode was not as good as the last episode, I’m not saying that it wasn’t a good episode. As the story and puzzles were absolutely unbelievable as usual. But this time you wasn’t playing a story, well, you were, but just not in the right order. Switching between four (mainly three) different projection reels to jump throughout the story in the quest to capture the Devils Toybox from the tomb. This time you play as Sammeth and Maximus (ha!) with occasional cuts back for hilarious comments from Sam and Max.
Max has some new powers this time too. Including the useful and in some situations life-saving ability to use “Psychic Ventriloquism”, yes, controlling what other people say has never been as fun, especially when it’s Max saying some jaw-dropping one liners. You can also use the “Astral Projection” ability to turn yourself into a can of nuts, this may seem useless, but who can suspect an innocent little can of nuts, right?
The graphics in this game are keeping to the standard of the previous episodes, but damn the framerate is BAD sometimes in this game. At one point the game literally just looked like really really bad stop-motion and I even had a couple of freezes. This didn’t get in the way that much and it may have just been circumstantial but it got a little annoying. Apart from that, the levels were designed well, with great and tricky puzzles for you to figure out.
You will meet plenty of new characters in this but also meet some old ones too (namely Santa and his elves!). And how would it be a Sam and Max episode if the Molemen weren’t in it, this time enchanting and actually threatening Sammeth and Maximus’s life with decapitation.
So, what did you think Adam?: Well mysterious non-existent person, I thought that this episode of Sam and Max was another good episode in the series, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first but Telltale are getting better at leaving cliffhangers at the end of each episode. Sam is still as hilarious and usual, and Max is kinda brainless.