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Strong Badia the Free is a great follow-up to Homestar Ruiner. The storyline is easier to follow, the jokes are tighter, and the puzzles are more challenging and intriguing. I wish something could have been done to fix the dialogue trees so that you know when a conversation is over, but since you can click to fast forward the conversations, it’s a minor issue. I look forward to the third episode: Baddest of the Bands.
Telltale has once again delivered a must-have WiiWare download that is by far a cut above the rest.
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Strong Badia the Free’s setup addresses my major complaint with the first episode, as it allows Telltale to introduce several new areas and provide plenty of hilarity as Strong Bad attempts to gain the support of characters he’s long abused. However, seasoned adventure game fans will probably bemoan the lack of difficulty (the draw here is definitely the humor, not challenging puzzles), and the included mini-game Math Kickers is a bust. On the whole though, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free proves this can be a long and successful episodic franchise.
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The fresher elements improve on the firmly established vibe and gameplay, making this a solid follow up episode.
As with the first episode, Strongbadia the Free offers a few very enjoyable hours of pointing and clicking for fans of Homestar Runner. If you're not a fan you're probably going to be lost -- which is why you should head over to the official website right now and start catching up. These games really stand out on WiiWare and they play nicely with just the remote. Episode two is a little longer than the first and feels more complete, so here's hoping Telltale and the Chapman brothers keep improving with each episode.
Strong Badia the Free is a worthy installment to SBCG4AP. While episode two is not quite as dynamic as its predecessor, fans will nonetheless enjoy it. If one is an aficionado of either the web cartoon, the previous episodes, or simply holds a wacky sense of humor, then it is certainly worth the $10 investment.
It's here that Strong Bad separates itself from the herd. While there will be points where you'll start to feel tired of wandering back and forth between the same scenes, boredom can be staved off by simply exploring for something else. Unlike Sam & Max where random scenery items might trigger an amusing one-liner, here you're just as likely to uncover lengthy comedy tangents and playable extras. Much still depends on how funny you find the Homestar Runner web cartoons, but Strong Bad remains an episodic experience well worth making time for each month.
Although Strong Badia the Free is a shorter episode than Homestar Ruiner, it’s more perfectly formed.
It's a much fuller and funnier experience than the first episode.
Strong Badia the Free is mostly made up of all new environments, so it in no way felt like a simple recycling of Homestar Ruiner, and while the game's structure of "convert a country, to move to the next country" makes it inherently more predictable than Homestar Ruiner was, it's still full of surprises.
Strong Badia the Free tries to be something a bit different from Homestar Ruiner, and thankfully it (mostly) succeeds. However, it does so at the expense of several laughs and challenging puzzles. I can recommend it, and if you’ve wisely subscribed to the whole season you won’t be disappointed with your latest download. Homestar Runner is particularly hilarious for the entire game, especially his ‘war stories’. I do worry about the lasting appeal of this particular series, however. It’s already beginning to feel slightly stale and we’re only on Episode 2. Telltale – prove me wrong!
The game doesn’t substantially improve on the first so we can’t give it a higher rating, but if you enjoyed Homestar Ruiner then it’s safe to say that you will probably like this one just as much, if not slightly more.
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo)
Strongbadia the Free isn't a leap forward over the first episode, but really, this is more like a full-length game split into chunks, and as long as they keep coming out every month, it will prove to be a pretty solid set of adventures. The humor is still here in all its random glory, the plot is better than the first (in this reviewer's opinion, at least), and the gameplay is mostly casual and smooth. While it sometimes suffers from things being too rushed and a couple of puzzles not quite feeling like they meet their full potential, the second episode definitely provides more of what those who enjoyed the first will want. TellTale Games and HomestarRunner.com have developed this project in tandem very well. For what it is, it's worthwhile for fans, for sure. Technically speaking, there are some issues which could use attention, but overall, it is executed well.
On regrettera simplement que la plupart des blagues passent au-dessus des non-anglophones en l'absence de traduction française. Seuls les sous-titres anglais sont disponibles mais il faut reconnaitre que l'humour in-joke de la série est souvent intraduisible. Conclusion : pour être certain de ne pas se tromper, le plus simple est d'aller visionner quelques épisodes sur le site de Homestar Runner. Celui qui accroche à la série a toutes les chances d'apprécier cette adaptation fidèle.
Strong Badia the Free has some great gameplay ideas without proper implementation. As soon as it starts to get into a proper rhythm there’s a confusing portion that drives it to a deal halt, and some of the best sections of the game don’t pay off as well as they should, especially considering the Homestar Runner license.