Sam & Max Episode 203: Night of the Raving Dead

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WindowsAceGamez (2008)
After nine episodes and nearly a year and a half, this stuff hasn't begun to feel old or tired.
WindowsJust Adventure (Apr 02, 2008)
The writing is what I like most about Sam & Max. Just when you thought they had begun to be predictable, Sam & Max changes their mood to a more subtle one. Jokes go from “one liners” to involved satire.
WindowsTTGamer (Mar 05, 2008)
I really liked this episode. I may go as far to say it was my favorite yet. The jokes seemed to be coming thick and fast, and the puzzles and problem solving situations just seemed to have more thought and effort put in than some of the previous episodes. The horror/zombie genre was begging to be done by Telltale with Sam & Max and they have done it very well with Night of the Raving Dead. Like all episodes, but particularly with this one, Night of the Raving Dead can't be fully enjoyed without having played the prior episodes, so if you've yet to latch on to this great adventure gaming series, I'd get right on that. For those who already are enjoying the series, this latest episode is obviously a no brainer to get, and as I said, I reckon it's the best one yet.
WindowsCheat Code Central (Feb, 2008)
A zombie episode is perfectly fitting for the series, and it's a refreshing change of pace from past themes. Telltale once again pulls it off with buckets of style in Night of the Raving Dead, making it hard not to recommend for newcomers to the series or seasoned Sam and Max fans.
WindowsGamesRadar (Feb 12, 2008)
There's not a whole lot else we can say about it; like previous entries in the series, Sam & Max Episode 203: Night of the Raving Dead is a lot of fun for the few hours it lasts. It's also cheap - $8.95 from its publisher's website, or free with a GameTap subscription - so assuming you don't have a strong aversion to seeing vampires walk around with their thumbs dangling lazily from their nipple rings, you can't really go wrong with this.
WindowsGame Tap (Feb 13, 2008)
With the exception of a few fetch-quest puzzle issues that might annoy some folks, Night of the Raving Dead will entertain and satisfy newcomers to and veterans of the series. This short, tightly packed episode offers just the right mix of puzzles, character development, and perfectly lame-brained zombies, and the price is just right ($8.95).
WindowsVideo Game Generation (Mar 13, 2008)
Telltale Games had me at “Euro-trash emo vampire with an undead army” and then took it much further with Sybil’s prominent (and hilarious) role and a cliffhanger ending that’s actually tolerable because the next episode is just a month away. Telltale is single-handedly resurrecting both the idea of episodic gaming and the adventure genre itself, and I can’t wait to see how this season ends.
WindowsArmchair Empire, The (Mar 05, 2008)
Dig out the garlic and wooden stakes, because Sam and Max face their enemy that sucks the most – Jurgen. Yet another great point & click adventure will get both Sam and Max along with gamers through a definitively not-sucking adventure. Once more, gamers won’t be able to find a more smartly and funnily crafted story along with the usual Sam & Max hijinks to enjoy.
WindowsHonestGamers (Feb 19, 2008)
. And while you’re groaning from the unintended pun (honest!) I’ll happily report that, mainly thanks to attention quickly being shifted away from the zombie horde and sharply focusing on Jurgen, have little complaints of old ground being re-trod. Unless we’re talking about the continual rehashing of locations, an awkward habit the new Sam & Max franchise has yet to shed, but there’s always something around the corner to make you smile, even if it’s a corner you’ve turned several dozen times before. Ten episodes in, and the interest is still high. And while Night of the Raving Dead’s residents might be slowly dragging their feet, Telltale are still picking up momentum.
WindowsGame Watcher (Feb 12, 2008)
If you’re just getting into Sam and Max, Night of the Raving Dead isn’t a bad place to start and definitely worth the cost, though you’ll miss out on some of the in jokes. I’d highly encourage picking up both seasons and playing from the beginning for maximum giggles, but if vampires and zombies catches your attention more than giant stone Lincoln’s or Sam and Max style virtual reality then jump on in. Just hang onto your soul…as Sam and Max will tell you, you miss it when its been crushed out of you.
85 (Feb 19, 2008)
Alle, die sich von Night of the Raving Dead neue Impulse versprochen haben, werden nicht enttäuscht: Episode 203 ist der bislang beste Teil der zweiten Staffel von Sam & Max. Allerdings beginnt alles etwas abschreckend, denn ihr seid wieder in der altbekannten Nachbarschaft, auch wenn ein paar Zombies durchs Bild humpeln. Zum Glück geht es schnell zum Schloss weiter, wo es Neues zu entdecken gibt. Ihr trefft auf Vampir Jurgen, einen Deutschen, der in seiner royalen Überheblichkeit für Spaß sorgt. Aberwitzige, aber letztlich recht einfach lösbare Aufgaben warten auf euch, bei denen ihr auch euer Können auf dem Gebiet der Undergroundmusik beweisen müsst. Das ist genau das Richtige für Leute, die auf Wortwitz stehen, denn Action gibt es dieses Mal nicht viel. Wenn die zweite Staffel so spritzig weiter geht, dann ist mir um die nächste Episode nicht bange!
WindowsDefunct Games (Apr 14, 2008)
After a somewhat slow start to the second season, Sam & Max are back with a vengeance. Night of the Raving Dead is easily the best episode of the year, an adventure so good that it rivals some of the greatest episodes of last season. It may be short, but Sam & Max episode 203 is definitely worth your time and money!
WindowsAdventure Corner (Feb 12, 2008)
'Sam & Max: Night of the Raving Dead' macht wieder jede Menge Spass. Und mit Jurgen wurde endlich ein Charakter eingeführt, den ich sogar ohne Untertitel verstehen konnte. Zum Glück hat Telltale auch darauf verzichtet, den Zombies Lederhosen anzuziehen und ihnen eine Haxe in die Hand zu drücken, man geht mit den Vorurteilen gegenüber uns Deutschen also wohlbedacht um. Das für eine Serie notwendige Charakterrecycling nervt auch nicht, da in der dritten Episode der zweiten Staffel endlich einmal Charaktere wieder verwendet werden, die bisher erst in einer oder zwei Folgen zu sehen waren. 'Sam & Max: Night of the Raving Dead' ist zwar nicht besser, aber auch nicht schlechter als die vorangegangene Episode und sei hiermit allen Fans und solchen, die es werden wollen, empfohlen. Vorraussetzung für den Humor sind aber gute Englischkenntnisse, trotz Jurgen und dem Ausflug nach Stuttgart.
WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Mar, 2008)
Telltale Games haalt zombies, vampieren en ander ondood gespuis door de mangel. Prima breinvoer voor de Adventure-liefhebber!
WindowsJolt (UK) (Feb 23, 2008)
If you’ve been hanging around for word on whether to shell out on the entire Season Two set, then here’s the news you’ve been waiting for: this, in addition to its two Season Two predecessors, are worth the asking price of the set alone. To be nine games in to a series that is evolving so slowly yet leaves us gagging for the next instalment, Chariot of the Dogs, is testament to just how essential and important the Sam & Max franchise has become to gaming as a whole. All we can say is keep ‘em coming.
WindowsAventura y Cía (Feb 24, 2008)
Este episodio 203 alcanza la mejor combinación de humor, diseño, guión, gráficos y sonido. Todo está a la altura para conformar uno de los más divertidos episodios de la serie, que sorprende constantemente y no aburre en ningún momento, a no ser que eches mano de un sistema de pistas que no acaba de estar todo lo pulido que cabría esperar, y que en ocasiones confunde más que ayuda.
WindowsFactornews (Feb 12, 2008)
Après un épisode moyen sur l'Ile de Pâques, Sam & Max reprennent du poil de la bête en s'attaquant aux créatures de la nuit. Oubliez Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, et préparez-vous à affronter le Mal Véritable... mais surtout, restez sur vos gardes ou vous ne pourriez plus revoir la lumière du jour.
WindowsGameDaily (Feb 12, 2008)
First, we had demons raiding Santa's workshop, and then there were rogue interdimensional portals taking us to talking Moai Heads. Now zombies roam the streets. It's only been three episodes, but the season's overarching mystery definitely has us guessing and looking forward to the next Sam & Max installment.
80 (Feb 13, 2008)
Sam and Max continue to deliver humorous adventures on a monthly basis. While this is probably one of the more difficult games that they have released recently it is also one of the most fulfilling in terms of story. While the game does continue to have the same flaws as every other, the series as a hole is coming more and more into itself and fleshing out the world that our heroes live in. Episode 203 is an easy recommendation to any person, because in all honesty what other game can you find a giant stone head of Abraham Lincoln as an important side character?
WindowsGamernode (Feb 20, 2008)
In the end, if you're this far into the second season of Sam & Max, you should stick around for the rest of the episodes. Either you're a die-hard adventure gaming fan or at least a fan of Sam & Max's comedy to understand and get the full shtick of the duo. Episode 203 may be the stepping stone to the next chapters, which should be the beginnings of the Season's hilarious closure, but don't let the future potential take away from what's a great episode in itself.
WindowsQuandary (Feb, 2008)
Sam & Max: Episode 203 ý Night of the Raving Dead is a reasonable length for this type of episodic game though I would have liked to have done more in the TV studio. It's the darkest of the series thus far but you'll be smiling rather than ducking under the desk or covering your eyes. I especially liked the quirky zombies and eventually getting to communicate with them. Another fun episode with a few good laughs.
WindowsAdventure Classic Gaming (Feb 15, 2008)
The ending seems to be a cliffhanger, or at least it is a nod to the next episode. Whether it is a true cliffhanger or just a humorous stunt from the game designers remains to be seen. Now that we have reached halfway through the season, I am very positive about the changes that Telltale Games has made to revamp the series this year. The only sad part is that there will only be 5 (rather than 6) episodes for the current season. There is no reason to be depressed yet, though. There are still 2 more episodes which fans can look forward to playing. Until then, stay away from the zombies!
WindowsAdventure Gamers (Feb 12, 2008)
A cynical reviewer working on the sliding Sam & Max scale would probably give this game a 3.5, but even on their worst day, Sam & Max still bring plenty of technical excellence and creativity to the table, and I have to admit that despite the weaknesses in dialogue and the dramatic change in tone, I am in love with the fresh ideas that are displayed and continually impressed with the clever re-use of past supporting characters. There are plenty of references to prior events to reward the loyal player, and yet no major events hinge on knowledge of what has come before. This is a rewarding and enjoyable game, but not the best introduction to this franchise yet—that designation still belongs to Ice Station Santa in my book. At least I can say something that I haven't yet said to date—the ending makes me extremely interested to know where the story is going now, and with only thirty days between episodes, it won't be a long wait to find out.
WindowsGameswelt (Feb 20, 2008)
Der Trott ist wieder eingekehrt: ’Night of the Raving Dead’ reiht sich zwischen die besten bislang erschienen ’Sam & Max’-Episoden ein. Die Rätsel sind mir diesmal eine Spur zu abgedreht, dafür ist das Szenaro schlichtweg genial. Insgesamt scheint ’Season Two’ wirklich besser zu werden als ’Season One’.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Feb 27, 2008)
Wie erwartet ist auch die neue Sam & Max-Episode ein Fest für die Lachmuskeln. Langsam mischt sich aber ein nervöses Zucken darunter, denn ständige Wiederholungen sind nur für eine gewisse Zeit zu ertragen. Dass die jetzt schon bis in die erste Staffel zurückreichen, geht ein Stück zu weit. Ich hoffe, Telltale lutscht die alten Kamellen nicht noch weiter aus. Gerade der irrwitzigen Vampir-Geschichte hätte ein enig frischen Blut (harhar!) gut getan.
WindowsGaming Nexus (Apr 21, 2008)
After a somewhat slow start to the second season, Sam & Max are back with a vengeance. Night of the Raving Dead is easily the best episode of the year, an adventure so good that it rivals some of the greatest episodes of last season. It may be short, but Sam & Max episode 203 is definitely worth your time and money!
72 (Mar 11, 2008)
Fun for what it is, but I probably won't play anymore of the series unless I start from the beginning. It helps to know everything that is going on.
70 (UK) (Feb 12, 2008)
It's better than Ice Station Santa, yet not quite as good as Moai Better Blues. It remains small in both size and scope, while those who have stuck with the series since Season 1 will find that much of the actual gameplay is basic meat-and-potatoes fetch-questing. And's indecently cheap and, for all its minor flaws, the ongoing saga of Sam & Max is still the funniest game around.
WindowsHooked Gamers (Feb 27, 2008)
All in all, Night of the Raving Dead is another fun-filled adventure. The jokes continue to flow although some of the in-jokes won’t be understood unless you have played the previous episodes. The team at Telltale may need to look at that in future episodes, as not all gamers would have started from the first. The puzzles are simple enough and, as with all of this season’s episodes, given further help with the in game hints from Max. If you are new to the Sam and Max phenomenon, I would suggest you at least play the first two games in season two before attempting this one, but for fans of the series, the game will again leave you wanting more as the end credits roll.
WindowsGamekult (Feb 15, 2008)
Après avoir été rajeuni dans l'épisode précédent, nos deux héros auront même ici le sinistre honneur de se transformer en zombies, histoire sans doute de varier un peu les situations et les enjeux. En résumé, un volet excellent pour une seconde saison qui démarre décidément plutôt bien, malgré le coup de mou du second chapitre.
WindowsUOL Jogos (Mar 25, 2008)
"Night of the Raving Dead" mostra que a equipe da Telltale ainda mantém boa forma para pensar em enigmas e roteiros malucos para as aventuras de Sam e Max. Ao contrário da aventura anterior, eles optaram por referências mais universais, mas acabaram com piadas mais fracas, o que tira um pouco o brilho do jogo. De qualquer forma, ainda é um episódio consistente que agradará aos fãs da dupla.
WindowsGameZone (Feb 18, 2008)
This episode is the weakest this season so far as in terms of humor, but is the strongest in terms of puzzle solving. However, Sam & Max fans want the hysterical gags the series usually offers, so they may be a little disappointed.
WindowsIGN (Feb 27, 2008)
Night of the Raving Dead is definitely one of the weaker episodes in the series history, but at least it's better than last year's episode 3 slump. The problem there was that the puzzles were awful. In this case, the puzzles are just fine, but the gags just aren't as funny or as frequent as we've come to expect from the series. Sure, it's got some new great characters and definitely makes an effort to make it all part of a larger story, but in the end, it's just not as enjoyable as it ought to be.
WindowsGameSpy (Feb 12, 2008)
After the high quality of the first two episodes of Season Two, it's disappointing to see the series misfire as it reaches its midpoint. It's certainly worth playing, especially for series fans (and there are plot developments that long-time players won't want to miss) but we're hoping that this particular episode will end up being like Episode 1 of Series One: a middling anomaly in an otherwise great series of games. Night of the Raving Dead can be purchased and downloaded for $8.95 (the game is free with a Gametap subscription), but at this point, the entire five-episode Season Two package that's available for $34.95 is still likely the better value.