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Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock (Windows)

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Sam and Max are back! And they must stop a bunch of young stars from a 70's TV series who are annoying the neighborhood. They'll soon discover those kids are under the effect of hypnosis, perpetrated by an evil genius known as Brady Culture.

Sam and Max: Culture Shock is the first of a series of episodes Telltale is releasing based upon the freelance police dog & rabbit franchise created by Steve Purcell. Their new distribution method is similar to that of the TV series: short, independent episodes released periodically to form a whole package described as a "season".

The gameplay is a point-and-click adventure similar in concept and gameplay mechanics to LucasArts games in the same genre, in particular Sam & Max Hit the Road. The game is done entirely in 3D. The player controls Sam, navigating him though locations viewed from fixed camera angles. It is possible to examine objects, pick them up, and engage in branching conversations with other characters. Most of the puzzles involve either manipulation of inventory items or making the right choices in conversations.


Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock Windows A psychoanalisis session
Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock Windows Options Screen
Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock Windows Outside a home for former child stars.
Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock Windows We can use our pistol at our will

Alternate Titles

  • "Sam & Max 101: Culture Shock" -- Steam title

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Sam, no! The cheese was innocent! vicrabb (6976) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Sam & Max are BACK!! NatsFan (131) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The Triumphant Return Of Everyone's Favorite Bipedal Dog And Psychotic Rabbity-Thing! MasterMegid (897) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameBoomers Oct, 2006 A 100
Just Adventure Mar 23, 2007 A- 91
FiringSquad Oct 18, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2006 84 out of 100 84
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Gameslave UK Oct 18, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games Dec 11, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Feb 19, 2007 4 out of 5 80
Video Game Talk Jan 14, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Oct 17, 2006 7.7 out of 10 77


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LucasArts was producing a sequel to Sam and Max Hit the Road called Sam and Max: Freelance Police. The game would have been a 3D point and click adventure in the style of the original. When it was canceled in 2004, many members of the development team left LucasArts to help form Telltale Games, the company that eventually ended up developing Sam and Max: Culture Shock.

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kelmer44 (1185) added Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock (Windows) on Oct 22, 2006