Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Episode 4 - Dangeresque 3 Review

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Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Episode 4 Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games and Videlectrix


Platforms: PC and Wii
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 1.5 GHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB 3D video card, DirectX 9, internet connection, Windows XP or Vista

It's not dangerous... it's dangeresque! Fans have been clamoring for years for Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective, after seeing the first two Dangeresque shorts in Strong Bad's e-mails on HomestarRunner.com. Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People is the perfect vehicle for fan appeasement, able to offer a longer and more in-depth super-spy experience. And one in which Strong Bad most certainly does not use a stunt double. No way!

Rating:
Kyle Ackerman


Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Episode 4 - Dangeresque 3 hits exactly the balance that none of the previous three episodes of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People quite managed. The game is perfect fan service, offering Homestar Runner fans the dirty cop movie weeks in the making and years in the wanting, while offering the average gamer an experience too tongue-in-cheek to miss.

Dangeresque 3 continues the mock-action film trilogy that started with Dangeresque 2 and continued in Dangeresque. Fans get everything they want, from the dirty cop named Dangeresque (played by Strong Bad) with his nunchuk-gun, to high-falutin' casino games like Rock, Paper, Baccarat, to stunts and CG-monsters ably performed thanks to the abuse of Strong Sad. Not only do fans get something for which they've been clamoring for years, casual gamers get something that's funny even without the background of the Homestar Runner mythos, and some incredibly entertaining puzzles, such as the "high-speed stunt spectacular car chase" featuring DangeCar-esque.

The appeal goes well beyond the fact that this game is laugh-out-loud funny for everyone. It's well constructed, and offers an entirely new spectrum of locations to explore, lovingly crafted with cardboard and movie magic from the previously available locations. The soundtrack rocks, doing as much to evoke the mock-spy movie as the plot and dialog, just as the action sequences are delightfully laughable, right down to the vicious henchman, "Killingyouguy." This episode even trots the globe, taking Strong Bad... I mean, Dangeresque... to the same spot in many locations worldwide.

Not only is the content more satisfying in this latest episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, the puzzles are, too. I'm not saying that the puzzles are remotely difficult. Rather, the puzzles are straightforward, logical, and entertaining given the context provided by the fake action movie that Strong Bad is making. It's enough interactivity to keep players interested, while keeping the game moving. Even the collectibles in Dangeresque 3 are a little more interesting. There's no "Teen Girl Squad," but you don't get the metal detector until later in the game, making the process of searching for collectible items a bit more deliberate. Admittedly, I'm past caring about the collectibles at this point, but they are still better executed than in past episodes.

Ultimately, this episode clinches things. At $9 an episode on the PC ($10 on the Wii) and $35 for the whole season, go ahead and enjoy Strong Bad's ramblings, uncover the secrets of Craig and prepare to save the planet while saving the rainforest. Besides, next month, we get Trogdor. You have no choice... it looks like you're gonna have to jump!

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