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Sam & Max Episode 3: The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball (Windows)

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (29 votes) 3.8


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100
Just Adventure
A spokes person for Telltale Games informed us that twenty of Telltale’s approximately thirty employees were employed at LucasArts at one point or another. Dan Connors and Kevin Bruner, the company’s (Telltale not LucasArts) founders, were involved with Sam & Max Freelance Police and they left LucasArts after the cancellation to start their own company. Company bios on the entire Telltale team can be found at their website team page. I encourage you to check it out.
90
Eurogamer.de
Eine 9er-Wertung bei nur 90 Minuten Spielzeit? Ist das nicht etwas zu hoch? Nein, absolut nicht. Warum? Weil ich in meinem Leben mehr als nur einen hoch bewerteten Vollpreis-Shooter gespielt habe, die nach etwa 5 Stunden ein abruptes Ende gefunden haben. Und weil ich durchaus zu schätzen weiß, dass Telltale nicht wie andere Entwickler einfach ein paar fragwürdige Designentscheidung trifft, um die Spielzeit künstlich aufzublasen. Die Sam & Max-Episoden kosten immer noch kaum mehr als ein Luxus-Butterbrot und sind mindestens ebenso hochklassig wie kurz. Wer die beiden Vorgänger gespielt hat, weiß um die Stärken und Schwächen des Formats ohnehin Bescheid. Mir gefällt das. Kostengünstige Unterhaltung der Spitzenklasse, perfekt geeignet für stressige Zeiten, in denen für zur Unendlichkeit gestreckte Epen ohnehin keine Zeit bliebe. Kann schon sein, dass manchen von Euch so etwas nicht schmeckt. Dann ist das Spiel halt nicht für Euch gemacht. Pech und Punkt.
90
FZ
Grafiskt sett är spelet en fröjd för ögonen; karaktärer och animationer är vackert skapade i en härlig ”cartoon-stil”. Slå på lite anisotropisk filtrering och spelet ser ut som en tecknad film. Ljudmässigt är allt på topp, musiken är riktigt skön, röstskådisarna gör ett utomordentligt jobb och ljudeffekterna fungerar precis som de ska. Till detta har vi även en klockren kontroll enligt klassiskt peka-och-klickaformat. Den enda nackdelen jag kan hitta är även en stor sådan: spelet är i episodform och därmed är varje del i serien kortare än ett ”normalt” spel. Jag spelade igenom Episode 3 på cirka en timma, vilket är alldeles på tok för kort. Visserligen är då även priset lägre men jag skulle hellre ha sett att Telltale gav ut ett riktigt, långt äventyrsspel med våra ludna vänner. Spelet rekommenderas i alla fall varmt och har du inte spelat episod ett och två än så gör det innan. Det är inget krav men det blir roligare då.
89
4Players.de
Die dritte Episode von Sam & Max bietet ganz große Adventure-Unterhaltung, die durch fast nichts getrübt wird. Die beiden Ermittler laufen erneut zur Höchstform auf, wenn sie die Problemchen ihrer skurrilen Umgebung umschiffen, ihren täglichen Kleinkrieg ausfechten und ganz nebenbei noch den Fall lösen. Die Rätsel, bei denen unmögliche Dinge verlangt werden, bringen euch immer wieder zum Lachen. Bei aller abgefahrenen Komik ist das Adventure stimmig aufgebaut und trotz des Episodenformats wirkt alles wie aus einem Guss. Das merkt man auch Grafik und Sound an, die beinahe schon zu gut passen. Das Spiel zelebriert derbe Witze, Übertreibungen und schlechten Geschmack. Leider ist der Spaß viel zu schnell vorbei, aber für neun Dollar geht das in Ordnung. Da hat man sicher schon mehr bezahlt und sich nicht so amüsiert. Um jeden Gag zu verstehen, solltet ihr gut Englisch können und ein Ohr fürs Amerikanische haben.
85
Armchair Empire, The
If you’ve enjoyed the first two episodes of Sam and Max’s capers, then Sam & Max: The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball will be just as pleasurable to play, although be forewarned this is the shortest of the three so far. The ending leads perfectly into the next episode, as Sam and Max gamers head over the hump sliding downward to the season finale in just a few short months. Once again this is an adventure in rib-tickling hilarity, although déjà vu is starting to set in as far as in regards to where the Sam and Max adventures take place.
85
Gameslave UK
The third instalment of the first series is Sam & Max: The Mob, the Mole, and the Meatball will provide you with about an hour and a half of the most colourful, lunatic and accessible point-'n-click adventuring there is. It is actually this simple, uncluttered approach to the genre that provides both the greatest strengths, and most noticeable weaknesses of the game.
84
PC Action
Sam und Max wachsen mir von Episode zu Episode mehr ans Herz. Mit The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball hat Telltale Games die für mich bisher beste Episode produziert. Das mag durchaus daran liegen, dass ich ein wahnsinnig großer Anhänger der Pate-Filme und des Gangster-Genres allgemein bin. Als dann noch ein Zitat aus Der Pate 1 fiel, saß ich mit einem Grinsen am PC, das sogar Hase Max neidisch gemacht hätte. Ich finde: Die neueste Episode von Sam & Max ist ein An­gebot, das Sie nicht ablehnen sollten!
84
Adventure's Planet
Siamo in chiusura ed è giunto il momento di tirare un po’ le somme. La grafica è invariata, il comparto sonoro è migliorato, gli enigmi sono migliorati, la caratterizzazione è estremamente migliorata; ancora una contrazione per le ore di gioco effettive (ma, a costo di sembra ripetitivo, ribadisco che molto probabilmente non verrà avvertita dalla stragrande maggioranza dei giocatori). Insomma, al sottoscritto tutto questo può bastare per aggiungere qualche punticino rispetto al giudizio-base, rappresentato dal voto dei precedenti episodi.
83
Gamer 2.0
Recurring themes in each episode and Telltale’s ability to tie the installments together instill a certain progressive feel. And really, buying the whole package is the main aim here, because one episode is never sufficient. Should you buy the whole thing (and you’ll probably find yourself doing anyway to see what happens), you’ll find yourself paying the same as a full-priced game, thus making your decision to indulge in Telltale’s series an important one to consider. Are you willing to be there for the long haul? It’s perfectly easy to buy one episode and write off the rest, though this is fraught with, “should I get the next?” And if you like adventures, you really should. Based on the quality of the three we’ve played, Telltale is hitting the right notes. If they can find enough substance for the continuing chapters we’ll continue to advocate their creations. Valve and Ritual, follow Telltale’s lead.
83
PC Powerplay
Wieder ein weiteres Häppchen, wieder habe ich gelacht, wieder war es viel zu schnell vorbei. Diesmal übrigens tatsächlich viel zu schnell - The Mole, The Mob and The Meatball ist mir selbst im Rahmen des Episoden-Konzepts deutlich zu kurz geraten. Dafür entschädigt der Humor, der nun wieder besser zündet als in der zweiten Folge. Insgesamt ist's eine würdige Fortsetzung. Für den nächsten Monat wünsche ich mir aber wieder ein bisschen mehr von Allem.
81
PC Games (Germany)
Während das Thema noch kontrovers diskutiert wird, zimmert Telltale Games so pünktlich wie immer die dritte Folge von Sam & Max zurecht. Und was soll man sagen? Wenn schon ein Adventure in Episoden, dann muss es so aussehen wie dieses Spiel!
80
GameDaily
Similar to previous episodes, players download The Mole, The Mob and the Meatball through GameTap's subscription service. Sam & Max make a great distraction from lengthier, more complex games, supplemented by an animated cartoon series (also broadcast through GameTap) and web comic. So, players can enjoy as much out-of-game content as found in-game. It certainly helps to fill in the time while fans eagerly wait for the release of the next episode.
80
HonestGamers
Most of the elements of this game come together in fine form, meaning it's an experience you won't want to miss.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
But before this review spirals off into a discussion about episodic limitations, it's important to stress that Sam & Max's latest adventures are immensely enjoyable chunks of entertainment. So few games display such effortless charm, and even fewer are rammed with as much warm humour. On that basis alone, the chance to sit back and be thoroughly entertained for three hours for $8.95 should more than make up for any other reservations you might have about this pioneering experiment.
80
UOL Jogos
Contudo, a série chegou num ponto em que é preciso acrescentar mais elementos novos para renovar um pouco as coisas, sob o risco de cair em um clima de repetição que não seria nada bom para um retorno que vem tão bem.
80
JeuxVideoPC.com
Comme promis par TellTale, et alors que février vient de commencer, voilà que le troisième épisode de Sam & Max nous montre le bout de son museau. Intitulé The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball (ou tm^3 pour faire plus court), l'aventure de ce mois-ci nous emmène tout droit dans les bas-fonds de la ville, au sein d'un groupe de mafiosi du jouet : la « Toy Mafia ».
78
Gamernode
The visual presentation really fits the game series and the subtle puzzle hints make sure that players won't struggle playing the game. Sam & Max: Season One is shaping up to be what the adventure and episodic games market needs. Episode 3, unfortunately, won't shape up against previous episodes in terms of game time. This time, it'll be around 3-4 hours until the duo cracks the case. But make sure you spend some time exploring all the conversation trees, because there are some colorful gems in the dialogue. Max never ceases to amaze me with his quirky thoughts and whatever else goes on in his insane brain. For the price of a movie ticket, you'll get what you want and some extra laughs. Episode 4: Abe Lincoln Must Die! is set for release on February 22nd on GameTap, and March 9th on Telltale's site.
78
Defunct Games
Make no mistake about it, The Mole, The Mob and the Meatball is a fun ride that is still worth the price of admission. I wish that the adventure could have been a little longer and more difficult, but I still had a lot of fun going through it. If you're looking for a light hearted game that you can just sit and laugh at, then you can't do much better than Sam & Max episode 3. Now that I've seen them go after the mob and show business, I can't wait to see what my favorite freelance crime fighters are going to get wrapped up in next time around. Hopefully I won't have to wait too long.
77
GameCola.net
But I mean, come ON. Those two are the BIGGEST of my complaints. The BIGGEST thing wrong with this game is that it's in 3D, which probably isn't even a problem to people who aren't me. You're really cheating yourself if you're not buying this game. Not even if you're a connoisseur of point-and-click adventure games such as myself—if you're not buying this game (it's only nine bucks!), either off of Telltale's handy dandy Web site or from GameTap, you're missing out on one of the very few genuinely funny videogames out there.
75
GameZone
I wish I could give a higher rating, but this particular episode is just too short and easy. Apparently the first two were longer, hopefully the next ones will feature more content.
75
GameBoomers
Sam & Max Season 1 – The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball is aimed at fans of Sam and Max, lovers of the absurd, and Italians with a forgiving sense of humor.
75
Gamigo
Von allen drei bislang veröffentlichten Folgen ist „The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball“ für mich die schlechteste. Zum einen erinnert die Geschichte mit der Spielzeugmafia stark an die Story der ersten Episode, abermals muss man durch viele bekannte Schauplätze laufen und als neue Location gibt es nur das viel zu kleine Casino, selbst für ein Episodenspiel für knapp 8 € Einzelkaufpreis ist das meiner Ansicht zu wenig, da auch die Spielzeit mit etwas über einer Stunde viel zu kurz ausfällt. Seine Stärken hat auch Folge 3 wieder bei den witzigen Dialogen. Aufgrund des sehr einfachen Schwierigkeitsgrades und den nur wenigen Rätseln entwickelt sich Sam & Max 2 immer mehr in Richtung einer interaktiven Comedyshow. Spaß macht das Spiel daher schon, dennoch würde ich mir interessantere Rätsel und neue größere Schauplätze wünschen, die ganz große Vorfreude auf die nächste Folge hält sich derzeit noch in Grenzen.
74
GameStar (Germany)
Eigentlich erwarte ich mit zunehmender Episodenzahl einen Anstieg des Schwierigkeitsgrades. Immerhin suche ich nach zwei gemeisterten Teilen eine neue Herausforderung. Die Rätsel in Episode 3 sind aber so leicht, dass ich mich noch schneller zum Ziel klicke als bisher. Auch die geringe Anzahl an Schauplätzen schadet dem Spiel. Extrem witzig und ideenreich ist's trotzdem wieder, weshalb ich Sam und Max diesen Patzer vorläufig verzeihe.
74
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De nieuwe Sam & Max episode is leuk, maar door een gebrek aan nieuwe content kunnen we het enkel de diehard fans aanraden.
72
FOK!games
De derde aflevering van het eerste seizoen, Sam & Max: The Mole, The Mob and the Meatball levert ongeveer anderhalf uur speelplezier op. De humor is wat scherper en zwarter dan in de eerdere delen, maar het aantal locaties is beperkt en er zijn weinig nieuwe dingen waarmee interactie mogelijk is. De puzzels zijn, grotendeels omdat het variaties zijn op soortgelijke puzzels in eerdere delen, te makkelijk waardoor je nergens het gevoel krijgt dat je echt moet nadenken. Voor je goed en wel in het verhaal zit is het alweer afgelopen, en dat is jammer want het is één van de betere afleveringen qua onderwerp en uitwerking.
71
GameSpot
Now that Telltale is halfway through its "season" of Sam & Max, you've probably already made up your mind about the series. If you played the first two episodes, you should certainly keep on playing, unless the second episode rubbed you the wrong way by reusing so many locations. And if you've held off, or played the first episode and decided it wasn't for you, you could probably keep right on looking in the other direction. The episodic nature of this adventure is starting to hurt it, as each individual episode is short enough for you to finish it in an afternoon at most--and this one feels even shorter than the other two.
70
Power Unlimited
Ik heb wederom dubbel gelegen van het lachten maar deel 3 voelt tegelijkertijd een tikkie voorspelbaar en was wel erg makkelijk en snel uit te spelen. Episode 4 moet meer verrassing en uitdaging huisvesten...
70
Adventure Advocate
Αν το "Culture Shock" μοίρασε απλόχερα υποσχέσεις για την αλησμόνητη επιστροφή των αξιαγάπητων χαρακτήρων σε μια ολοκαίνουργια σειρά περιπετειών και το "Situation: Comedy" κέρδισε επάξια την πολυπόθητη πίστωση χρόνου από τους καχύποπτους adventurers, το "The Mole, The Mob and The Meatball" επιβεβαιώνει ότι η Telltale Games, καλώς ή κακώς, γνωρίζει τα όρια της πάρα πολύ καλά. Πασχίζοντας να υπερβεί τη μιάμιση με δύο ώρες δράσης και αναγκάζοντας τον παίκτη σε επαναλαμβανόμενες συναναστροφές με τους –κατά τα άλλα συμπαθέστατους– περιοίκους των Sam και Max, το τρίτο επεισόδιο πείθει μεν για την δημιουργική διάθεση της εταιρείας αλλά ταυτόχρονα αποκαλύπτει και την αδυναμία της να αποπερατώσει –προς το παρόν τουλάχιστον– ένα πραγματικά εντυπωσιακό project που θα τοποθετήσει τη πλειονότητα των διψασμένων adventurers κάτω από την ομπρέλα της καθολικής αποδοχής και του θαυμασμού.
70
GameSpy
Episodic gaming has long been one of those "great ideas" that no one's been able to pull off. Those days may be coming to an end, because with each installment of this new Sam & Max, Telltale Games is proving that episodic games can work quite well, albeit not flawlessly. Starting today (1/25), Episode 3 can be purchased and downloaded for $8.95 (the game is free with a Gametap subscription) for about 2-3 hours of entertainment. (Players can also order a discounted version of all six episodes in a "Season One" package for $34.95). While the script is the best so far of any of the episodes, Episode 3's abbreviated length makes it less of a bargain than the earlier installments. That being said, the entire Sam & Max experiment is shaping up quite well.
70
1UP
And, once again, the characters and locations feel rather limited. Series regulars Sybil and Bosco return (coincidentally tied up in the Mafia's dealings), and your time gets divided between Sam and Max's usual street block and the Toy Mafia's equally small headquarters and casino. Exploration and variety take a backseat to the constant stream of jokes (an unavoidable trade-off, given the series' episodic nature). Everything else is unmitigated and unapologetic fluff -- the joy is in Sam and Max's wit, after all -- and seasoned adventure gamers might find the game too simple to really sink their teeth into.
70
GotNext
All in all, your enjoyment of The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball is going to rely on a few things. Would tapping your mouse's buttons to get around and interact with a colorful world satisfy you, or would you want something more demanding? Can you chuckle after observing how "One Way" street signs represent the human condition? Are you willing to part with less than $10 bucks of your hard-earned money to have fun for a good three to four hours, or must you buy that $60 blockbuster title instead? You could do a lot worse the money. It won't buy you the best graphics you've ever seen, you won't receive virtual cars to ride around in or open-ended worlds to explore, but you'll get to kick back, relax, and laugh. Now, let me ask you, isn't that a fine way to spend a tenner?
70
Adventure Gamers
So far Season One is not particularly epic or memorable, but still a very good-looking and extremely fun diversion, and faithful to its franchise. But we're all hoping for a bit longer game next time.
68
2404.org PC Gaming
As I mentioned in my previous review, this is a game which caters specifically to a certain type of gamer, the adventure gamer. I certainly feel that there is enough included in this game to have that gamer return for another round of play. To the less adventure-inclined, Sam and Max will feel more like paying $9 for a movie you are only kinda-sorta interested in. As such, I yet again only recommend this game to serious adventure gamers and hardcore Sam and Max fans. Bearing all of this in mind, I found that Episode 3 was nearly identical to Episode 2 in terms of the experience offered.
66
IGN
While the humor is a bit better, this is definitely the weakest episode in the series owing to its uncomplicated puzzles and short length. Fans of the series will definitely still want to play it, just to soak up every bit of Sam and Max as possible, but the rest of the world probably won't find much point in purchasing and playing this episode separately. Gamers with Gametap subscriptions or the whole season package will definitely appreciate the humor here but the gameplay still leaves a lot to be desired. With the second and third episodes each declining in quality, we hope that the team can inject a little more fun into the series while still keeping up with the monthly schedule.
60
UltraNinjas
It is a shame, and once again puts a question mark on whether the episodic nature of the series is hamstringing Telltale into giving each episode simple, self-contained puzzles. One thing you could never aim at the developer is that they don’t care about the series - especially given the obvious care and attention the game’s aesthetics have been given. Hopefully with a bit of tweaking here and there, a few more new locations and characters and some more tasking puzzles thrown into the mixing bowl the series can avoid getting stuck in some what of a rut when future episodes are released.
60
Gamekult
Sensiblement moins drôle que ses prédécesseurs, surtout le second volet avec ses parodies de shows télé, et toujours aussi facile, cet épisode 3 se laisse toutefois jouer avec plaisir, notamment avec la promesse que le fil rouge de l'histoire est bel et bien en train de se tisser. Il faut se faire une raison, la série ne connaîtra pas de grandes révolutions de gameplay, et ce chapitre le prouve une fois de plus. Dommage également que le jeu ne soit pas techniquement irréprochable, avec quelques ralentissements sur certains décors.
60
Adventure Classic Gaming
I must admit that my reaction to Sam & Max Episode 3: The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball is mixed. Now that we have reached halfway through Season One, it is somewhat worrisome to see that there is very little new content from episode to episode. This raises the question of whether or not the developer’s need to keep up such a tight release schedule is compromising the quality of its titles. A longer and more challenging episode will definitely benefit the series.
60
Aventura y Cía
Las nuevas aventuras de Sam & Max, a pesar de ser episódicas, gozan de un desarrollo narrativo clásico consistente en una introducción, un nudo y un desenlace. Es todo un acierto para poderlo comparar con una serie de televisión policíaca de las que tan de moda están y tan bien conocen los de Telltale, y en este episodio, ese esquema narrativo adopta la modalidad típica de la mayoría de actos de las aventuras gráficas de LucasArts, solo que de manera más simplista y con menos puzzles. Así pues, el juego empieza con una introducción lineal, cuyos desafíos debemos resolver para acceder al nudo del juego, donde se abre un árbol de tres puzzles paralelos (de nuevo se nota la mano de Dave Grossman en el diseño, para bien) que desembocan en un cuello de botella que nos arrastra, otra vez de forma lineal, hacia un hilarante final.
57
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Конечно, штамповка мини-игрушек — не шибко затратное занятие. С другой стороны, есть шанс погрязнуть в халтуре. Графически ничего менять не надо, концептуально — и подавно. Знай, подбрасывай в топку интересных злодеев да искрометные диалоги. До сей поры схема работала исправно. Однако после Episode 2 все пошло задом наперед, и совсем наоборот…