Sam & Max: Episode 2 – Situation Comedy Review

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Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Motherly talk show host Myra Stump of WARP TV began by showering her studio audience with gifts such as new cars, and has yet to run out of valuable (and not-so-valuable) prizes. She also hasn't released her studio audience, leaving frenzied fans and celebrities alike trapped at WARP TV for days. Only the unconventional and excessively violent techniques of the Freelance Police have a hope of shutting Myra's mouth and freeing her studio audience to attend another taping.

Kyle Ackerman

I'll keep this as short and sweet as Sam & Max: Episode 2 – Situation Comedy. This latest Sam & Max episode is the second in Telltale Game's effort to resurrect the cult heroes and freelance police Sam (a dog with a nose for crime) and Max (a hyperkinetic lagomorph – "rabbity thing"). And as you probably know, the game is being released in short episodes for just under $9 per episode. In fact, if you haven't played the first one, it's a bit of a surprise to find you reading this review.

If you are looking for Frictionless Insight's approach to rating episodic content, check out my review of Sam & Max: Episode 1 – Culture Shock or FI's review criteria. To sum it up, the Situation Comedy episode compares decently, but not superbly with a film (something that takes around two hours for around $10). Culture Shock seemed like a much better deal – it offered two-to-three hours of point-and-click adventure-style play for just under $9. Situation Comedy takes something closer to an hour-and-a-half, and many of the locations are recycled.

Bosco's got new technology, and Sybil's psychology practice has changed into a fringe tabloid, but the new location is a television studio with a few straightforward puzzles. Many of the entertaining accoutrements that were so fun to check out in the first episode (Jesse James' hand, anyone) remain, but the new supply is hardly copious. On the plus side, the studios at WARP TV poke fun at a number of staples of modern television, including game shows, reality singing competitions and outrageous sitcoms. For the most part, each set requires players to solve a single, simple puzzle. The humor is top-notch, it's just limited in supply, providing just enough to justify the episodic price tag to fans of Sam and Max.

As Sam himself says, Sam and Max are famous in an "internet petition" or "there aught to be a law" sort of way. If you signed that petition, or just wish there were a law to cover things like Max, you'll certainly get enough enjoyment out of Situation Comedy to justify the purchase price. But while Culture Shock offered unfettered optimism, Situation Comedy suggests fans might wait until the first six episodes are available and purchase the collection for considerably less than the individual episodes.

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