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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.
Entertainment Depot, The
All in all, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free is a great addition to this new series and does away with many of the doubts that were instilled as a result of the lukewarm first episode. Many of the things which work have been improved upon, the plot is sharper and more focused, and the goals are almost always clearer. There are plenty of great opportunities for silly political humor which have been taken advantage of here, and the humor is a great deal more hit than miss.
Armchair Empire, The
It’s definitely shorter than the first episode, but more than makes up for it with way more witty banter and thoroughly enjoyable gameplay with more satisfying puzzles than in the first episode. With political upheaval afoot in Strong Badia the Free, Strong Bad puts his best foot forward so far, in this solid second entry of the five-part first season.
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Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free is a fun 3-5 hours of gameplay that will push players to solve puzzles, and constantly reward them for everything they do. Every person spoken to, every object touched or burned or hit, every scrap of secret items found, is a reward. And that’s what this game is, a reward. If only more things for $8.95 were as rewarding.
Homestar Ruiner showed promise; Strong Badia the Free delivers on that promise. With this episode, Strong Bad’s Cool Game 4 Attractive People has gone from niche product to required playing for any fan of adventure gaming.
Video Game Generation
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.
Strong Bad Episode 2 is actually a very good game that is overly easy and entirely too short. It should also be taken into consideration that this is Episode 2 of a five episode season, and things such as difficulty and length will probably be worked out within the next three episodes. But as it stands now, with the Wii version costing 10 dollars an episode and the PC versions costing 9, anyone who is either a diehard adventure fan or devoted Strong Bad fan should probably just buy a PC season pass. Everyone else should probably wait for the season to come closer to boiling before jumping in.
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.
In essence, this game makes the entire first game feel like a lengthy tutorial, familiarizing you with the characters and the locations and the flow of gameplay. It was as much a learning experience for the developers as it was for the player. The game is a step in the right direction, a big one. It's full of hope for the future, bright with the knowledge that Telltale can actually handle the task of creating a compelling episodic series.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The Strong Bad series seems to be evolving nicely. The story in this episode is more engaging, the ancillary characters are being used more effectively and the script is even funnier than in Homestar Ruiner. I’d like to see more story and less distraction (caused by the metal detector and its useless snipe hunts), and perhaps a few more characters could make an appearance (meeting Strong Bad’s parents would be a good start), but Strong Badia the Free shows that the series could have some serious legs if properly nurtured. I look forward to the next one.
Adventure Classic Gaming
Keep in mind that this game is meant to be an “episode” of a longer running series rather than a full-length feature. It also appears that each of the episodes in the current season will stand on their own rather than contributing to an ongoing story arc. An experienced adventure gamer can easily complete the entire episode in around 3 hours. Overall, for Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free, fans will enjoy the few interesting challenges that the game has to offer, but the biggest draw may simply be the chance to mess around in Strong Bad’s world just for the fun of it.
There isn't too much more to say. Strong Badia the Free takes the episodic series from a shaky opening and brings it onto solid ground. I still think that there's a lot more that they can do with the series, but I feel like the game is now a serious part of the Homestar Runner universe, which will lead to hopefully some really great stuff. As far as this episode goes, it's certainly worth a purchase, but expect even better things ahead.
Over all the game is worth what you pay for it. It took me about four hours to get through and could have spent a lot more time finding the last bits and pieces, flags, costumes, etc. There isn’t a lot of immediate replayability, but I’m expecting like the Sam and Max episodes that I’ll find myself pulling it out again sooner or later. Fan of Strong Bad or fan of adventure gaming, this one is worth playing. Come on and defeat the King Of Town…no email taxation without representation!
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!
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Strong Badia the Free is yet another solid adventure title from Telltale. It builds upon the groundwork laid by the first episode, adding a stronger sense of progression and generally feeling less ‘empty’ than Homestar Ruiner. For a four-hour game, there’s a fair amount to see and do, and the puzzles feel more original. However, the main barrier that may prevent you from enjoying this game continues to be its sense of humour. If you know what ‘consummate V’s’ are, and are eagerly awaiting the perpetually delayed ‘Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective’ then by all means rush out and get a season pass for SBCG4AP. If you’ve been reading this review and scratching your head, it may be worth checking out the flash series to see if SBCG4AP is your cup of suudsu.
Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People: Strong Badia the Free is aimed at fans of the Homestar Runner animated internet cartoons and Strong Bad emails. Adventure gamers who enjoy a whimsical story with absurd characters and a dose of political incorrectness will also find it amusing.
Jetzt ist es amtlich: Telltales größte Stärke ist die Weiterentwicklung von Episode zu Episode. Mit dem Strong-Bad-Einstieg konnte ich praktisch gar nichts anfangen, weil die Grafik schlicht, die Story arg überdreht und die Rätsel langweilig waren. Strong Badia the Free macht einen viel besseren Eindruck, da die Parodie auf Strategiespiele überraschend gut funktioniert. Das “Erobern“ der Territorien habe ich in der Form noch nirgends gesehen und schon gar nicht in einem klassischen Adventure. An die hausinterne Konkurrenz Sam & Max kommt das Spiel natürlich nicht heran. Dazu ist auch diese Episode zu kurz, die Präsentation zu zweckmäßig und ein paar der Rätsel sind ohne Trial & Error kaum zu lösen. Doch der Fortschritt ist groß genug: Inzwischen glaube ich schon, dass diese Serie im Gesamten gut werden könnte.
In the end, if you are reading this review, you’re probably curious about the game because you’re a fan of the website. If you like Homestar Runner and Strong Bad and the Cheat and so on and so forth, there is no reason why you should not get this game. You’ll love it, trust me.
It's immensely heartening to see that improvements have been made on the subpar first episode, and it makes the future of this series look brighter. Developer Telltale Games seems much more on point this time around, and even adds a few nice presentation flourishes (like the triumphant WWII newsreels). There are still some disappointments--notably the lackluster final challenge--but Strong Badia the Free gets most of the important stuff right. It ends up feeling more like a proper game than a cash-in attempt, and should earn a look from anyone interested in a few hours of lighthearted adventuring.
A cute but passive adventure experience, SBCG4AP continues to be funny, but still falls short of impressing as a full-fledged game.
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Hou je van Homestar Runner en Strong Bad, dan is dit de ideale manier om je geliefde webcartoon te beleven. Ben je echter op zoek naar een game die de avontuurlijke speurneus in je bovenhaalt, dan kan je beter een blik werpen op de titels die we in ons adventure-artikel hebben gebundeld.
I recommend buying these games one-at-a-time, rather than getting the whole package. If you like the first one, go ahead and pick up the second. If you’re kinda “bleh” about it, you’d probably be better off skipping this one.
"Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 2: Strongbadia for Free" segue o padrão definido pelo capítulo anterior, sem nenhum tipo de inovação. São praticamente os mesmos personagens, cenários, gráficos e sons em um roteiro novo, com piadas engraçadas e algumas idéias bem criativas. Rende algumas boas horas de diversão e pouco mais do que isso. Para fãs é o que importa, mas aqueles que não são familiarizados com o gênero ou com a série ficarão totalmente perdidos.
Si vous parlez toujours aussi bien la langue de Shakespeare et que vous avez aimé le premier épisode de la série, n’hésitez pas à en remettre une couche avec Strong Badia The Free. La fin de l’année et son paquet de sortie arrivant à grand pas, on ne saurait trop vous conseiller de garder vos sous en poche en attendant mieux, même s’il ne vous en coûtera que 6 euros pour poursuivre les aventures du petit catcheur hâbleur.