1001 Video Games
Sam & Max Hit the Road
appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
by General Editor Tony Mott.
A sequel to Sam & Max Hit the Road
, Sam & Max Freelance Police
, was developed, but canceled on March 3rd, 2004 because LucasArts thought it was "not the appropriate time to release a graphic adventure game on the PC." Despite many petitions and negative feedback about the cancellation, the game was not put back into production.
Sam & Max
During the time in which Steve Purcell worked at LucasArts, Sam & Max (or only Max) made cameos in many other games, including Monkey Island
, Monkey Island 2
, The Curse of Monkey Island
, Day of The Tentacle
, Rebel Assault II
, Jedi Knight
, Full Throttle
or Shadows of the Empire
Sam & Max franchise
Sam & Max were not invented for this game, but are part of a whole franchise by Steve Purcell. The media they appeared include the original comics and a cartoon which aired on FOX kids in 1997/98 (awarded with the 1998 Gemini Award for Best Animated Series).
Purcell also made one-page Sam & Max spoofs of Lucasarts games for The Adventurer
, a periodical newspaper for LucaAarts employees.
The CDROM contains four Redbook audio tracks that have the "Sam & Max Theme", "Moleman Music", "King of the Creatures", and "Bigfoot Shuffle" music from the game.
- The music that plays at the World of Fish locale sounds an awful lot like the song "Fishing Blues", which was originally written by blues musician Taj Majal.
- When you go to Snuckey's, the man serving you is Bernard Bernoulli, a character from Day of the Tentacle.
- There are multiple references to LucasFilm movies in the game. When Shuv-Oohl karmically links with the Yetis, he says "It's, like, several voices screaming out in terror... and then suddenly silenced.", a reference to a classic Star Wars quote. Using the droid manual on the security droid in Bumpusville results in the droid projecting a hologram of Princess Leia, like R2D2 did. Finally, using the Conroy Bumpus eggplant on the toupee in his bedroom results in a parody of a classic scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- When asked what he's reading, Lee-Harvey replies, "Dialenics, by Elrod Hubbel, It's changing my life." This is a reference to L. Rod Hubbard, who started a religion based on a novel he wrote.
- During the conversation with the Cat outside the office building, Max comments "He looks cute Sam. Can I make a tennis racquet out of him?". This is in reference to the fact that the strings in tennis racquets used to be made from a natural fibre called Catgut, which is produced from the intestines of animals such as cows, horses, mules and donkeys. Despite the name, Catgut has never been produced using a cats intestines.
Information also contributed by
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #95 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#7 Funniest Computer Game
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #8 Most Memorable Game Heroes (Sam & Max)
- February 2006 (Issue #259) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
- PC Gamer
- April 2005 - # 45 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
- PC Powerplay (Germany)
- Issue 06/2005 - #5 Likeable Secondary Character (for Max)