Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The dog and bunny detectives never fail to amuse me. Sam and Max are into Season 2 Episode 3. This time the case involves returning the undead -- zombies; an emo goth vampire; and his Frankenstein monster -- back from whence they came.

For all the cartoon violence that has been a trademark of the Sam & Max franchise, this episode actually deals with death, though in its own loopy cornball fashion. Let's just say the undead in this universe aren't so bad once you get to know them.

As usual, as with any other point-and-click adventure game, there is a mix of easy puzzles and obscure head-scratchers, though for the latter, the solutions are usually quite 'duh' once you figure out that the game leaves ample clues to indicate what you should do next. The challenge is in seeing the connections, which usually fall into place only after lots of random clicking on-screen.

The one great moment in the game for me is in the exchange between the monster and Max. The monster tells his woeful tale of being the only one of his kind... alone, so dreadfully alone; "no one to confide in, no one to love," to which Max astutely replies, "No one to smack you and tell you to get over yourself already!" If Max wasn't the psychotically violent half of the "freelance police", he'd make a wonderful psychotherapist.

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