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An overarching story broken up into five hilarious adventures, Beyond Time and Space is an incredible value. Sharp, witty dialogue and creative puzzles make this laugh-out-loud package a true delight. Even the weakest episode of the bunch — Moia Better Blues — suffers only when compared to the others, and the best — Night of the Raving Dead — is the perfect mixture of wacky humor and sleuthing. With over 20 hours of playtime, inspired voice-acting, and cartoon-quality visuals, this is one Arcade game that truly goes a step beyond.
Despite having one less episode than the previous season, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space seemed to improve upon Save the World in almost every aspect. The storytelling in the game is top notch, and Telltale has really delivered a unique gaming experience with their episodic model. The most disappointing thing about the game is the fact that it had to end, with the next season nowhere in sight. It took almost two years for Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space to make the jump from PCs to a console, but it was worth the wait.
Sam and Max Beyond Time and Space is a great retooling of the original point and click adventures, offering the same fun storylines and difficult puzzles with current generation graphics and sound.
Sam & Max represents fantastic value. The only people that wouldn't appreciate this download are either people with no sense of humour or who can't appreciate a less action-orientated title. If you haven't played a previous game, don't worry, there is the odd reference to past adventures, but you don't need to understand these to enjoy the game. The game's only possible weakness is that it is a lot like previous Sam & Max games, which haven't changed since 1992.
As concluded with the first instalment, and now to be concluded again for the second, Sam & Max is a welcome addition to the sparse genre that certainly deserves of a return. Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space takes the right steps to improve upon the original, whilst still keeping everything that worked the first time around intact. I hope that Telltale are doing well from the series on consoles, and can only hope that they continue to bring the once PC only series to XBLA. Max, You crack me up little buddy.
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space is yet another step forward in the resurrection of the adventure genre. Xbox Live owners should be reveling in the fact that they get to experience these great collections for a fraction of the original cost. If you grew up enjoying these types of games on PC or are just tired of the same old shooters and sports games flooding the market I suggest giving these titles a whirl. Available in small doses on PC and one complete package at a steal of a price on XBLA, there is little to lose by checking out this genuinely funny and hugely entertaining experience.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space is a hilarious collection of episodic adventure games, that outshines the previous season in variety, gameplay and plot. Visual and control issues in this 360 port are the only things that disappoint.
If you like your point and click adventures there really is only one reason why you shouldn’t buy this, and that is if you already bought it on PC. Otherwise this is a great addition to Xbox Live Arcade’s selection of point and click adventures. You won’t find many games funnier than this.
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space es uno de los mejores y escasos títulos del género para Xbox 360. Pese a los fallos que Telltale Games no ha sabido pulir en esta adaptación de los cinco episodios ya aparecidos en ordenador, el hilarante dúo de policías hará disfrutar y reír a aquellos jugadores que le den la oportunidad y paguen el justificado precio de 1.600 Microsoft Points –recordemos que se vende en la plataforma digital Xbox Live Arcade-, pues el entretenimiento y el humor ácido está asegurado, así como las inverosímiles situaciones en las que nos veremos inmersos. Los poseedores de la consola de Microsoft ya pueden sonreír, pues Sam y Max han vuelto a su consola, y lo que es mejor, el género por fin ha resucitado.
Video Game Talk
”Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space” hits the XBLA marketplace with another 1600-point ($20) price tag. I’ll contend, despite the mid-level graphics and simplistic gameplay, it’s worth the price, although as before 1200-points would probably be a better price point. I clocked about 10 hours or so completing all five episodes, but aside from a few hair pulling puzzles, I had a blast and walked away every time with a smile on my face. If you enjoyed Sam and Max’s first XBLA outing, this release is a no-brainer. If you haven’t entered their world yet, start with “Save the World.” Highly Recommended.
Though the first season started off slowly before kicking into gear in the last two episodes, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space continues at that high quality peak and keeps it going throughout all five of its episodes. While it may have one less episode, there is easily more quality here packed into its five episodes to make the two or three hours that each episode lasts a more worthy purchase than the first season. Though there are control issues that make it a more clunky experience than we’d like, the quality of the story and jokes is enough to make it worth enduring those issues. You don’t really need to play the first season to really get what’s going on here, so if you’re just looking to spend your 1600 points ($20 US) on the best Sam & Max experience, Beyond Time and Space will probably be the better season for you to purchase.
That Gaming Site
Fans of point and click adventures should check this game out, those new to the genre should try the demo.
With its second season, its safe to say that Sam and Max has found its groove in this current generation of gaming, delivering a refreshing change of pace from the standard gameplay types that some gamers, including myself, can get tired of every once in a while. Jarring a few technical hitches, the 360 port plays well and definitely opens up the series to more potential fans that could be looking for something different. At the price at 1600 points, it may come off as steep compared to other XBLA games, but is actually quite a deal in comparison to its original price. It’s good to see some old faces come back in new format, which ultimately works out best for the genre. With that said, I’m looking forward to see what else the Freelance Police will end up destroying next.
While the gameplay is basic, Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space is a witty, and entertaining ride. However, if adventure games aren't your cup of tea, then this title isn't really for you.
„Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space“ ist ein richtig gutes Arcade-Game mit ein par kleinen Fehlern. Zum Preis von 1600 Microsoft Points (17 Euro) erhalten Sie ganze fünf witzige und spannende Geschichten rund um „Sam & Max“. Fans der Serie können blind zuschlagen, auch Spieler die gerne Point&Click-Adventures spielen machen hier nichts falsch. Nur so nebenbei: Sie müssen Season One nicht gespielt haben, um die Story in Season Two zu verstehen.
Don’t let the basic gameplay fool you, Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space is a challenging, fun and surprisingly funny romp through a genre that hasn’t gotten much love in recent years. Proof positive that a game can entertain without having to resort to flashy animations and complex control schemes.
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Sam & Max: Beyond Time in Space is a solid, fun adventure game that fans of the series can easily get into. While casual players may be better off skipping the title, those looking to experience an adventure game for the first time would be hard pressed to find a better one for the length and price.
The individual episodes are funny, challenging and ultimately rewarding for adventure fans, so it's nice to see them presented in one reasonably priced package on the Xbox. The humor and story elements are stronger in this season than in the previous one, but they've already been eclipsed by the work that Telltale has done in subsequent series like Wallace and Gromit and Tales of Monkey Island. Still, this particular season manages to blend alien abduction, a gun-toting Santa, an undead rave and a trip to the depressing bureaucracy of Hell.
While this game has several spots that would appeal to the masses, most of it would not. That is why I am only suggesting this game for the fans of the series and those who really like detective type games.