Game Review: Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse – Episode 3: They Stole Max’s Brain Review (PS3)
Release: June 22, 2010
Genre: Point and Click Adventure
Available Platforms: PS3/ PC/ iPad/ Mac
MSRP: $34.95 (cost for full season)
ESRB Rating: E10
The new episode of Sam and Max Season 3 is out, and although it adds a new gameplay mechanic to the season, this isn’t necessarily a good thing.
At the end of the last episode (spoilers!) you were faced with droopy eyed Max standing brainless (even more than he usually is) and you have to figure out who stole Max’s brain. As you can expect, Sam is pretty angry that his little buddy has no brain and sets out to find out the culprit and track down Max’s brain.
This is when the new game mechanic is introduced to the game, Interrogation. Saying the right things at the correct time to get information out of the people you are interrogating. I originally saw this mechanic and was pretty excited about trying it out, but pretty soon you just realise that it’s just the same Sam and Max conversations but this time you have to make sure you ask the right questions when appropriate to get the witness to fess up. Luckily this section is quite short and you’ll be over and done with the interrogation in 20-30 minutes if you are on the ball.
Once you’ve finished doing the starting section you are then welcomed back into the norm, with Sam and Max gameplay returning to the walking around, saying hilarious lines, and picking up and using completely random objects. Oh, and if you are following this season, the infamous General Skun-ka’pe, the huge Space Ape is back, alongside Papierwaite and multiple other characters from the ever expanding Sam and Max universe.
Without getting into too much details, after the first interrogation part, this game is back to how you want it to be, the ever creative use of the environment, objects laying around, the manipulation of characters and their assorted and varied personalities. Oh and just because Max doesn’t have a brain in his body it doesn’t mean his brain can’t cause trouble! Running around a dark museum talking to giant cockroaches has never been so fun.
Another great episode from the people at Telltale, and with only two episodes left in the season, we can hope for more powers, more gameplay mechanics and more ROFL inducing one-liners.