Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People: Episode 5 - 8 Bit is Enough Review

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Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People: Episode 5 - 8 Bit is Enough 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 video card with DirectX 9 support, internet connection, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Following Strong Bad's adventures as Dangeresque, he absolutely had to jump. Unfortunately, he did so into an upright, coin-operated Trogdor arcade machine, making the machine itself run amok. When Strong Bad tries to repair the machine, things go from bad to worse, with the Homestar Runner universe overlapping with the world of archaic video games. Can Strong Bad set things right once more? To do so, will he have to kill his own creation?

Rating:
Kyle Ackerman


As the season of Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People draws to a close with Episode 5 - 8 Bit is Enough, we finally get what we've wanted since the release of the first episode – Trogdor the Burninator. "That may be the coolest thing that has ever happened..." to Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People. In many ways, 8 Bit is Enough is the ideal episode for anyone. Homestar Runner fans get Trogdor, and gamers get more silly video game references than you could shake "The Stick" at.

As adventure game puzzles go, 8 Bit is Enough is even easier than the previous games, but the references made me laugh out loud more than any episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People yet. Once I got past the initial, barely-fleshed-out time in Strong Bad's home, references ranged from Donkey Kong to Wolfenstein 3D.

I got to meet (and work with) characters from the games previously playable on Strong Bad's FunMachine, visit the world of Peasant's Quest, battle the Robo-King of Town, and explore copy protection from the days when games came with code wheels. The art style even changed dramatically from the conventional 3D of Telltale's usual games to art typical of the games 8 Bit is Enough poked fun at.

I'm a fan of HomestarRunner.com, but 8 Bit is Enough was funniest because it allowed itself to diverge from the source material more than past episodes. If I have any criticism of 8 Bit is Enough, it's that the self-aware commentary moved past amusing to somewhat pointed and biting. But it was still fun to attack adventure puzzles in a platformer, a side-scrolling adventure, a 2.5D shooter and various other game genres. Besides, burning peasants is always fun.

There are some puzzles in 8 Bit is Enough that require a modicum of timing, although you can't die in a meaningful way, so adventure game fans will still feel at home ("What fun is a game where you can't die?"). Also it's a lot easier to solve at least one puzzle if you have the slightest knowledge of the Russian language. Without that, I'd imagine certain dialog to be completely befuddling.

Personally, 8 Bit is Enough was the most fun I've had with Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People, and makes the $35 price tag for all five episodes easy to recommend (the individual episode is $9). It was simple to breeze through the episode, but it was also fun the whole way through. If you haven't been playing Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People, pick up the season and have some fun. If you aren't into Homestar Runner, but have fond memories of vintage video games, pick up this episode, and try it anyway.

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