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I can’t imagine any fan of the adventure genre or Homestar Runner franchise not enjoying this episode on some level. Baddest of the Bands features a great sense of humor, a few worthwhile puzzles, and even a fun shooter. The fact that there probably isn’t an overarching storyline makes this a great place to start for gamers that are new to the series as well.
Baddest of the Bands offers around five hours of more humorous 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 Wii Remote. The puzzles keep getting better with each episode. Here's hoping gamers can find room on their Wii for Strong Bad's latest.
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Like the episodes before it, Baddest of the Bands is wildly ridiculous and largely entertaining. It doesn't pack quite the epic feel or the challenge of Episode 2, but the rocking subject matter is a perfect fit for Strong Bad's outrageous wit. The first season continues to go on strong through its mid-point, and we're hopeful the team at Telltale can keep the funny rolling through the remaining two episodes.
While the adventure entertains about as well as its predecessors, Baddest of the Bands makes one notable misstep -- auxiliary elements like Teen Girl Squad and the classic-gaming minigames are less prominent in this iteration. I expected Teen Girl Squad Meets Limozeen to be rife with groupie-axing possibilities, but unlike the first two episodes, you can't affect the outcome by interacting with the girls -- it's just a cut-scene. And though the Defender-esque arcade shooter Limozeen: Hot Babelian Odyssey is perhaps the best of the Videlectrix minigames to date, it doesn't become playable until after you've finished the game. Integrating both as playable elements within the main adventure would've made for a more cohesive and enjoyable experience -- but if you're primarily in it for the jokes, Baddest of the Bands should keep you sated until episode four (Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective) rolls around next month.
Baddest of the Bands sticks with the same formula seen in the previous two episodes and it's still as entertaining as it ever was. Sadly, this episode doesn’t offer any improvements and if you didn’t like any of the other titles then it's not likely to make the entire 'Strong Bad' concept suddenly appeal to you. On the other hand, if you giggled your way through the other two episodes and had a whale of a time, then you simply cannot go wrong here.
Overall the third Strong Bad episode is more of a Homestar Jogger than a Homestar Runner. Baddest of the Bands lacks the novelty of the first episode and the imaginative gameplay elements of the second, settling into a formula that fans will most likely find mildly enjoyable at best. For now it’s the richness of the writing and the often brilliant nonsense that results from casual exploration that is keeping our feelings towards the series above room temperature, but our expectations remain high for there being more variety next time.
Baddest of the Bands is another fine addition to the WiiWare catalogue from Telltale Games, and is a must-buy if you're a fan of the other Strongbad episodes. However, be warned that this is the weakest one released yet and there are some strange leaps even by adventure game standards. Here's hoping episode 4 moves back towards the first two episodes...
The fact that this game excels at the end makes up for the slow beginning and mini-game robbery, but only to make it just as good as the last two episodes. If more of the same sounds good to you, you’ll find much to like about Baddest of the Bands. The series has yet to deliver a truly robust experience, however—one with enough challenge and complexity to match its genuine laughs and off-the-wall puzzles. But while opportunities are running out, there’s still time to adapt and evolve. It took a few episodes for Telltale’s previous series to reflect player feedback, so who knows: we may yet see something as brilliant and varied as the hit double-album that is the first two seasons of Sam & Max.
Having said that, Baddest of the Bands is still entertaining to play. The Strong Bad Abuse achievements are hilarious (comprised of him getting electrocuted by various malfunctioning appliances and Strong Sad), as are the wacky costumes he can model in the photo booth. It’s still a decent game at $8.95 for the PC version. I do hope though, that the next installment, Dangeresque 3:The Criminal Projective, will truly improve upon Strong Badia the Free, or at least be equal in burninating awesomeness.
Tout cela fait beaucoup de pré-requis pour un simple WiiWare mais à vrai dire, le titre se destine plutôt aux inconditionnels de la licence qui savent déjà à quoi s'attendre. Les autres n'ont qu'à visionner quelques épisodes, il seront vite fixés car le jeu est à l'image de la série : une fois plongé dans cette petite farce loufoque, il est difficile d'en ressortir sans pouffer de rire.