Game Review: Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse – Episode 3: They Stole Max’s Brain Review (PC)
Release: June 22, 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
What brain I hear you ask? That’s just cruel and you should be ashamed for ever thinking like that.
Episode 3: They Stole Max’s Brain Review Trailer
So episode 3 of season 3 for Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, what can you expect? Well I’m going to assume you’ve played at least the first two episodes of this season therefore at the very least you know to expect ridiculous humour and some of the best one liners in point and click adventures. You’ll already be familiar with our two heroes, Sam being the sensible one and Max the somewhat wacky and quite disturbing sidekick.
Episode 3 starts off with a new game mechanic of interrogation. You control Sam as he quizzes other characters to find out details of who stole Max’s brain. This first part of the game is different from what the player has been used to before as it is very much on rails and you do not have the ability to explore and experiment like you normally do in a Sam & Max game. Please don’t judge this episode on this first gameplay element as once you get past he interegation part it’s back to what we all love about Sam & Max, witty dialogue and tough but not impossible puzzles. You get to reuse the powers that Max inherited in earlier episodes and with that you might feel that repetition is starting to creep in with the season but there is enough originality in this episode to keep it feeling fresh for the most part. While I’m on the topic of repetition, episode 3 sees the return of the two villians from the previous two epsiodes. Space ape Skun-ka’pe from episode one and the Monsieur Papierwaite from episode two. There are also a few other characters who feature in this episode but their return is great for fans of the game and the continuoity of the season as a whole.
To give you an idea of the length of this episode, I clocked it at just over 4 hours and the interrogation part taking about 30-45 minutes, so by my reckoning there is around 3 and a half quality hours of worthwhile additions to the series.
Marks final word: If you are reading this review you’ve probably picked up and played the first two episodes and I’m glad to see that episode 3 basically maintains the high standards set. Just grin and bear it through the initial interrogation section.