Sam & Max: Season One Reviews
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The quality and consistency of the writing, pacing and just plain fun contained in all six of the episodes is exemplary and all too rare these days, while the quality of the gameplay and characters, combined with the way the season unfolds neatly with each passing episode, is outstanding. Then there's the value - there are about twenty hours of game time in the season, but there is so much extra stuff crammed into each episode to keep you laughing while you replay! As I commented in a review, some items had the same comments and descriptions in a couple of episodes and then suddenly got new descriptions later in the season! It is enough to send you back clicking on everything just to see what has changed! Sam & Max are back and have erupted in a glorious (and violent) fashion that has gamers everywhere rejoicing and anticipating another excellent season of episodes of the adventure of the Freelance Police.
WindowsJust Adventure (Aug 22, 2007)
I recommend you buy the disk and play, especially if you were a fan in the heyday of the graphic animated adventure; but even if you are part of generation X, Y, or Z you can't miss the miss-adventures of this dynamic duo.
WindowsHonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (Aug 29, 2007)
In the future when I talk about how great Purcell’s graphic novels are, or about how much I loved Lucasart‘s Hit the Road, I can now also add how Telltale‘s Season One outdid all my expectations and delivered a heart-warming, gut-busting reminder of past brilliance.
Xbox 360HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (Jul 01, 2009)
From the fantastic writing to the appreciated DVD extras like character bios and concept art, Sam & Max Save the World ticks many of the right boxes in the first season's download. Crammed to the brim with a seamlessly linked storyline, simple controls, great music and quirky humour, it’s hard to find any significant complaints to make. Sam & Max's first real showing for the XBox has effortlessly proved to be one of the best current downloads on the Marketplace.
WindowsFactornews (Oct 30, 2007)
Pour un peu moins de 40 EUR, Sam & Max : Saison 1 est une excellente acquisition, que vous soyez un accro aux jeux d'aventures ou non. La faible difficulté permet de se plonger facilement dans l'histoire et dans l'univers complètement déjanté de Steve Purcell. Si vous avez déjà joué à la version anglaise, cette version n'apportera pas grand-chose de neuf, mais si vous attendiez la VF pour profiter de ce petit bijou, c'est l'occasion ou jamais !
WindowsEntertainment Depot, The (Mar 11, 2008)
Your mileage with this game will probably be a function of your tolerance for traditional adventure game puzzles weighed against how well you click with the humor. I found most of the puzzles reasonable, and was relieved that I never once had to look up a guide to solve any of them. And in terms of comedy, it's been a long time since I've played a better-written game. For fans of adventure games, Sam and Max, or their general brand of entertainment, this collection is a treat.
WindowsVideo Game Generation (Mar 01, 2008)
The episodic approach is interesting mainly because Telltale Games pulled it off wonderfully. Sam and Max Season 1 can function as six stand-alone episodes, though they make far more sense if they are played in order. It is possible to complete each episode in one sitting (realistic sitting, not a 12 hour marathon), and the time between episodes was short enough for the games to feel fresh and not get stale from too long of a wait. As a fan of the original game, I was afraid that the series wouldn’t retain the humor or the wit. Thankfully, Sam and Max Season 1 delivers both. Individually, the episodes would range between a 7.5 and 8.5. However, as a whole season, Sam and Max Season 1 brings a full adventure game to a genre that is starving for hits. The experience is funny, witty, amazing, and something that the gaming community could use more of instead of MMOs, shooters, and The Sims. As a whole, this package is up there with the Orange Box in terms of playability and value.
WindowsGame Chronicles (Sep 04, 2007)
Sam & Max: Season One is the hysterical rebirth of one of gaming’s most beloved crime fighting duos. While I probably wouldn’t have got sucked into the whole pay-per-episode thing on GameTap, having the entire season at my disposal on a single disc all at once makes owning and playing this series a no-brainer.
WindowsQuandary (Aug, 2007)
All in all it's a light hearted romp through a wacky world populated by some equally wacky characters. So if you're in the mood and on the same wavelength you'll enjoy Sam & Max Season One immensely. For me the humour worked a treat though it does reach down to some kiddies barfing gags at the end — tastefully done — honest! There's something here for everyone. Reality 2 with its role playing theme was the pick for me, but you can make your own pick and have a lot of fun doing it.
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Aug 13, 2007)
Priced at $29.99, Sam and Max Season One provides an extremely enjoyable game experience. All of its various parts, from its episodic format to its graphics and music, form a satisfying whole that provides entertaining gameplay even as it sparks hilarity. Any gamer looking to take a break from their usual fare should pick up a copy of Sam and Max Season One. Just don’t blame me if your roommates complain about your fits of uncontrolled laughter.
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus (Jul 15, 2009)
Sam & Max Save the World is not just the funniest video game of the year, it's the funniest thing I've seen on my television screen in ages. It features clever writing, thought provoking storylines, huge mysteries and enough puzzles to keep you going for close to twenty hours. The only reason you could possibly have for not picking up Sam & Max Save the World is that you are an enemy of comedy!
Sam & Max: Season One may just be the best. It's a smooth, smart point-and-click, simple when appropriate, perplexing when needed, and quite possibly the funniest game you'll ever play.
WiiWorth Playing (Nov 17, 2008)
The soundscape may be imperfect, but the sheer sense of writing quality makes up the difference. Sam & Max: Season One looks just fine on the Wii, and the Freelance Police are back in glorious action. Any adventure gamer who hasn't yet enjoyed the game is advised to pick this up immediately. Check your sense of Euclidean physics and normal causality at the door, and be ready for humor.
WindowsGame Over Online (Aug 06, 2007)
But overall, I found Sam & Max: Season One to be an excellent game. It is extremely well written and well acted, it looks just like a Sam & Max cartoon should, and its puzzles, while not overly complicated, at least make sense -- given the universe where you’re playing. So it’s easy for me to recommend Season One to you. If you like adventure games or comedies, then this is definitely a game you should buy. I can hardly wait for Season Two to appear.
WindowsOut Of Eight (Aug 28, 2007)
The game as a whole is engaging: the great graphics and wonderful sound design draw you into the gameplay, while the odd characters and interesting storyline keeps Sam & Max: Season One moving. The slightly demented sense of humor is appreciated, and most of the jokes work well without feeling forced. The controls are simple, although the driving mode is lacking and the basic controls don’t lend themselves to complex puzzles. An objective list would be nice, but the puzzles are uncomplicated enough where you don’t really need one. I’m not the biggest fan of adventure games, but I found Sam & Max: Season One fun and you should too. Since most of the tedium associated with adventure games has been removed, Sam & Max: Season One is a well crafted adventure game that will appeal to a wide audience.
Xbox 360Retro Gamer (Aug, 2009)
Crikey. Has it really been two and a half years since Sam and Max made their triumphant return to our PC screens? It certainly is, an while PC owners are preparing to enjoy a third season, 360 owners finally get to play one of the finest games of the last decade. Indeed, start playing through this excellent value-for-money pack, which consists of all six episodes, and it's like the dynamic duo never actually went away.
WindowsPC Action (Oct 24, 2007)
Ich hatte große Zweifel, ob die deutsche Synchronisation dem englischen Original gerecht wird - Schnee von gestern. Alles passt. Jowood sei Dank! Manch einer mag sich wundern, wieso Season One eine Spielspaßwertung von 87% bekommt, wenn keine der Episoden über 85% hinauskam. Begründung: Stellen Sie sich das Ganze einfach als eine Art Mosaik vor - es ist nun mal ein Unterschied, ob man die Steine seperat oder als Gesamtbild betrachtet. Sam & Max: Season One ist Unterhaltung vom Feinsten!
WindowsGamingTrend (Feb, 2008)
About once a year I break out the original Sam & Max: Hit the Road and fire it up. From the opening lines where Max asks “Shall I confront, subdue, and pummel the suspected perpetrator Sam?” I’m absolutely hooked all the way through to the end. Sam & Max: Season 1 certainly comes close to approximating that experience, even if a few episodes (e.g. Situation: Comedy) aren’t as brilliant as the final two episodes. All told you’ll burn through this title in about 15 hours, many of which you’ll be quoting to the chagrin of the non-gaming people around you. Also included in the package is a set of DVD commentary tracks. I’ve not watched all of them yet, but there are certainly several hours of inside information at the very least. If that isn’t enough, there are seven wallpapers with options from 800x600 to 1920x1200 in size, as well as 18 songs from the game. I can see this game being pulled out and played once a year next to Hit the Road once you’ve beaten it.
Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The (Jul 30, 2009)
Those with a soft spot for witty satire delivered from the mouths of a walking hound dog and his slightly psychotic rabbity sidekick are definitely encouraged to do their best to save the world.
WindowsGamesFire (Sep 27, 2007)
Sam & Max: Season 1 vereint sämtliche neuen Sam & Max-Episoden in einer Verpackung und fügt einige Extras hinzu. Dabei sind die Episoden in ihren Handlungen stets abgeschlossen, ein roter Faden zieht sich dennoch durch die gesamte Staffel, was positiv zu bewerten ist. Wenige Kleinigkeiten, wie Sams unglaublich langsame Geschwindigkeit, manche seichten Rätsel und die fehlende Kombinationsmöglichkeit von Gegenständen, fallen negativ auf. Die Grafik spielt nicht gerade an der Spitze mit, war jedoch auch niemals in einem Adventure so tragend.
WindowsGame Captain (Sep 06, 2007)
Sam & Max ist auch in der deutschen Fassung eine klare Empfehlung und kann jedem Genreliebhaber bedenkenlos ans Herz gelegt werden. Natürlich mussten einige Wortwitze Federn lassen, weil sie einfach nicht übersetzbar waren, aber dafür hat man versucht, andere Gags einzustreuen, was in meinen Augen durchaus gelungen ist. Ob man nun wirklich einige Namen eindeutschen musste, bleibt eine Frage des Geschmacks. Mir persönlich gefielen die englischen Begriffe besser, aber das soll jeder für sich entscheiden und niemanden vom Kauf abhalten.
WindowsCheat Code Central (Aug, 2007)
Lately, point-and-click adventures have not seen the same level of popularity they once enjoyed on the PC, but Sam & Max is a wake-up call aimed at reminding players there's still life left to the genre, despite many claims to the contrary. The game looks good and plays well, but the voluminous humor and interesting characterization alone are well worth the price of admission.
Windows4Players.de (Sep 30, 2007)
Allen Unkenrufen zum Trotz ist die deutsche Fassung von Sam & Max: Season 1 gelungen. Das von JoWooD angeheuerte Lokalisierungsteam hat ganze Arbeit geleistet, was darin zum Ausdruck kommt, dass das abgefahrene Flair des englischen Originals erhalten blieb, was sicher nicht einfach war. Fast all die Seitenhiebe auf die aktuelle US-Politik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft und Kultur sind noch drin - nur diesmal auf Deutsch. Was hierzulande bislang nur Kenner der USA verstanden, wurde eingedeutscht, wobei man sich wohlwissend zurückgehalten hat. Die deutschen Stimmen von Sam, Max und Co. sind mit wenigen verschmerzbaren Ausnahmen gut getroffen und wurden auch bis zu Nebenrollen professionell besetzt. Dass das alles auch noch für Teutonen witzig ist, ist schon ein kleines Wunder. Klar, dass nicht jeder Wortwitz hundertprozentig gleich ist, aber das ist bei einem Film nicht anders, selbst wenn er gut synchronisiert ist.
Xbox 360Gamers Daily News (Jun 23, 2009)
Sam & Max Save the World is hands down one of the most expensive games on Xbox Live Arcade, weighing in at 1600 Points/$20. But that’s as a collection of six episodes that each last a few hours, so you’ll probably get around 15-20 hours of play from it and be laughing quite often. It’s a simple game, but it’s top-notch comedy and comes highly recommended.
Xbox 360Gamervision (Jun 29, 2009)
Since this is the third time this particular group of episodes has been released, there really isn’t that much more to say about it. If you didn’t play this yet on the PC or Wii, go ahead and download the XBLA version. It’s only $20, which is less than the Wii port was when it came out—and that was definitely worth the price. Sam & Max Save the World will give you about 10-12 hours of enjoyment the first time through, and the addition of achievements is good motivation to hunt for some extra tidbits you may not have known were in the game otherwise. Despite the fact that point-and-click adventures typically don’t have much replay value, I still enjoyed spending a few hours revisiting this game. The writing is excellent, the humor is great, and the characters are as lovable and fantastic as they have always been. If you haven’t saved the world yet, it’s about time that you did.
WindowsGameZone (Aug 27, 2007)
It’s everything it should be: great humor, great dialogue and funny stories. Sam & Max are as nutty as ever, and their takes on current cultural icons are very humorous. The puzzles aren’t very difficult and could be more challenging, but on the whole, this is a great game for anyone, and families with teens should especially consider it.
WindowsArmchair Empire, The (Aug 23, 2007)
I have no hesitation recommending anyone and everyone pick up the retail version of Sam & Max: Season 1. It’s accessible, funny and full of personality – my kind of adventure game.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Sep 26, 2007)
Die Sam-&-Max-Episoden sind klasse Spiele. Nicht zuletzt wegen der liebenswerten, schrulligen Charaktere und des bissigen Wortwitzes. Der Humor bleibt in der deutschen Version erhalten - jetzt können endlich auch Spieler mitlachen, die im Englischen ungeübt sind. Der Umfang stimmt mittlerweile ebenfalls: Das Spiel bietet zwölf bis 15 Stunden Spielzeit, in denen Sie hervorragend unterhalten werden. Bleibt nur zu hoffen, dass Hund und Hase diesmal keine allzu lange Ruhepause einlegen.
Xbox 360TalkXbox (Jun 30, 2009)
A few problems do rear their heads here; some have been with the game since its PC debut, while a hitch or two is unique to the 360 version. A universal problem that's still not fixed on Xbox Live Arcade is some audio syncing issues. Sometimes, when the camera cuts to a new angle during dialogue, it will repeat the audio clip, overlapping other audio that was meant to come before or after. On occasion, the voices won't come through at all, which can hurt the set up of a few jokes. Otherwise, this is a package that is really difficult to resist. The first season of Sam and Max is one of the funniest and most enjoyable experiences I've had playing games, and having it available on Xbox Live Arcade for just twenty bucks is an incredible steal.
Xbox 360Mygamer.com (Jul 01, 2009)
There really isn’t a question about if this game is worth the investment and download, because it is. Sam and Max are consistently funny throughout, the puzzles are clever and rarely overly difficult, and the world that they reside in feels fleshed out and tangible. This game is worth the purchase for any person who has a 360 and the internet to download the game, even if it is still a little rough around the edges.
WindowsGamingHeaven / DriverHeaven (Jun 27, 2007)
One of the best adventure games got a “sequel” that manages to live up to the heritage. A must buy for all the adventurers out there.
Xbox 360Xboxygen (Jun 30, 2009)
Sam & Max fait partie des jeux les plus chers du XBLA, et cela se justifie par une durée de vie conséquente et par une réalisation globalement haut de gamme. Jouer à Sam & Max fout la banane, on ne voit pas le temps passer et on se demande sans cesse quelle sera la prochaine surprise. Il y a bien les quelques points problématiques évoqués, mais c’est très insuffisant pour ne pas retenir avant tout le plaisir simple et direct que donne ce jeu. Il souffre toutefois d’une autre limite, inhérente au genre : une fois terminé, il y a peu de chances pour que vous le ressortiez, à moins que vous ne souhaitiez vous refaire une petite cure de dialogues savoureux.
WindowsAdventurespiele (Sep 16, 2007)
Nach über 10 Jahren machen Sam & Max die Straßen wieder unsicher. Telltale Games ist es gelungen das tierische Duo zu entstauben, ihnen neues Leben einzuhauchen und der Adventuregemeinde eine gelungene Fortsetzung des Klassikers zu präsentieren. Mit ca. 40 Stunden Spielzeit des Gesamtpakets, können auch die einzelnen Episoden als Standalone-Fassung gespielt werden. Lasst euch von Hund und Hase auf einen Streifzug mitnehmen und trainiert dabei die Lachmuskeln.
Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com (Jun 23, 2009)
Sam and Max Save the World is a great title to have on you Xbox 360 and will entertain most people with its great humour, story and no fuss controls.
Xbox 360Giant Bomb (Jun 19, 2009)
Funny games are still something of a rarity, so even though these episodes of Sam & Max originated on the PC two years ago, they still totally stand up against more recent releases. Also, with six different episodes to move through, you'll probably end up spending something like eight to 12 hours playing through them all. When taken as one long game, the quality stays high throughout, making that $20 investment well worth the money.
WiiHonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (Jan 28, 2009)
The entire series wraps itself up with The Bright Side of the Moon, drawing conclusions on paranoid shop owner, Bosco’s range of shoddy disguises to keep him safe from “The Man” and tying all the episodes together in a succinct and sarcastically satisfying ending. Telltale cement their trade as the episodes progress, each building from the foundations from the last and never forgetting the little touches, returning to tidy away loose ends and and kidnapped poker players kept bound and gagged in the office closet. It’s a welcome revival of a classic title and it’s a welcome addition to the Wii’s growling library of PC point-n-click ports finding their way onto the system. Pixel hunting with the remote is never going to be as smooth and convenient as it is with the mouse, and seeing as the PC game is low res enough for any computer made post 1990, there’s not a great deal to recommend this port over the other.
WiiVideo Game Generation (Jan 16, 2009)
Compared to the other PC adventure port I’ve recently reviewed, Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, this port seems somewhat lazy in comparison. However, Telltale had a bigger technical hurdle to overcome in shoehorning the series onto Wii, as the Sam & Max franchise has always been graphically superior to the Nancy Drew franchise by a large margin. Overall, this is an acceptable port and it says something that I still thoroughly enjoyed playing through all six episodes again. So while the PC is still the best place to experience Sam & Max, the sheer hilarity and quality of the franchise (not to mention value of having the entire season on one disc) make this the best adventure game experience on Wii despite its technical issues.
WiiGamervision (Nov, 2008)
The point-and-click genre isn’t for everyone, and a port of an episodic PC sequel to a 1993 computer game may not be as exciting for most gamers as it was for me. However, if you’ve ever been a fan of Sam & Max, or point-and-click games in general, then you should play this game. With no extras other than some concept art, there’s no reason for PC gamers who have already played through these episodes to pick this up again. If, like me, you didn’t get a chance to play through Season One when it first launched, this is the perfect opportunity for you to do so, especially with the discounted $30 price tag. Telltale has done a great job bringing back the point-and-click genre, and I’m hoping that future seasons of Sam & Max make it to the Wii as well.
WiiGamer.nl (Dec 08, 2008)
De avonturen van Sam & Max zijn zonder twijfel een van de beste point-and-click adventure games ooit gemaakt. Hoewel de Wii-versie zich op technisch vlak niet kan meten met die van de PC, zou iedereen die Sam & Max tot nu toe links heeft laten liggen de game in huis moeten halen. Heb je de game al op de PC, dan is er niets nieuws onder de zon. Gelukkig laat ook seizoen drie niet lang meer op zich wachten.
WiiDestructoid (Oct 28, 2008)
At the end of the day, Sam & Max Season One is an excellent game with enough punch to overcome its deficiencies. If you have yet to experience the episodic adventures of this dynamic duo, you really should pick up the first season and give it a whirl. While the improvements to control are nice, however, I'm inclined to recommend that you snag the PC release instead, if possible. The glitchy feel on Wii makes it feel a good bit less polished, making it harder to suggest in light of a superior product being available.
WiiGamernode (Oct 27, 2008)
While graphically inferior and less wieldy than its PC counterpart, Sam & Max: Season One on the Wii still captures the wit and humor of the franchise very well. An enjoyable and refreshing game in a sea of Wii mediocrity.
WindowsJeuxvideo.com (Oct 04, 2007)
Je crois qu'il est clair que j'ai beaucoup aimé cette première saison. Cependant, il ne faut pas s'emballer, gardons à l'esprit les quelques égarements du gameplay qui viennent légèrement nuancer la note finale. Mais avec ce petit prix, on pardonne aisément, car quel plaisir de voir revivre un mythe de si belle manière ! Sam & Max reviennent en fanfare, et ce n'est que le début.
WindowsAdventure Gamers (Aug 30, 2007)
Characters as adored as Sam & Max are easy to mess up—making it all the more impressive that in both technical and creative aspects, Telltale got Sam & Max right, and the result is a delightful series of short games that could potentially have become one great lengthy game.
WiiGame Freaks 365 (Jan, 2009)
Fans of the Sam & Max series or adventure games in general should seriously consider picking up Sam & Max: Season 1. It's available for both PC and Wii, making it one of the only point and click adventure games on consoles. The comedy is funny at times, if not a little dry and the stories are always interesting, to say the least. Best of all it is cheap. You can't go wrong with a price tag of $30.
WiiKombo.com (Oct 29, 2008)
A charming set of adventures that is packed full of great dialog, funny parodies, and some hilarious situations. Long time point and click adventure fans should be pleased with Sam and Max, and newcomers will most likely be left asking for more.
WiiGame Over Online (Jan 16, 2009)
Each episode presents its own challenges, humour and fun -- and for the Sam & Max fan, it will be worth picking up and playing through. For those not familiar with the Sam & Max franchise, the game is probably of most interest to adventure game and puzzle game fans.
Xbox 360TeamXbox (Jun 18, 2009)
It’s hard to say if Sam & Max Save the World will turn anyone on to the pair and their wacky adventures if they’ve never played them before. And series fans of the series undoubtedly played these episodes when they came out on the PC a couple years ago. But none of that diminishes the greatness of the property. Despite its retrograde interface and game design, Sam & Max Save the World still manages to please the old school gamers in us who have loved this wacky duo for years now.
WiiIGN (Oct 27, 2008)
Those of us that crave these types of games can probably look past the jokes that are trying too hard and the framerate to just soak up some classic pointing and clicking. Telltale is one of very few developers making these games anymore and they do it very well. When the Wii console and controller were first unveiled many of us thought they might cause a revival of graphic adventures. The slow pace of these games isn't for everyone, but if you're a fan you'll probably get your fix with Sam & Max: Season One. Each episode will last you a few hours, so with around 20-25 hours of gameplay here for $30 this is a pretty good deal for those of us who have the patience for these games.
WindowsEurogamer.fr (Nov 06, 2007)
Pour une quarantaine d’euros, Sam & Max est sans conteste l’une des meilleures affaires du moment dans le rayon jeu d’aventures de votre revendeur. Jowood a profité de cette parution en boîte pour nous proposer une version localisée en langue française, avec également des voix d’excellente qualité dans la langue de Molière. Que demander de plus ?
WiiGamestyle (Feb 02, 2009)
We are really happy to see Sam and Max: Season 1 make it onto the Wii as it shows that point and click adventures can work on a console. The first six episodes may not be perfect but they certainly show glimpses of the greatness that could well be on the way as the team get to grips with their new way of producing adventures for the duo. We hope that the season two builds on the good work done here and we get to see it on the Wii as soon as possible.
WiiCubed3 (Feb 15, 2009)
Sadly this PC-to-Wii port is not as polished as expected, with glitches that threaten to spoil the experience. Thankfully, though, the tried-and-tested point-and-click gameplay works once more, and it comes hand-in-hand with a witty script and some extremely creative scenarios to play through, thus alleviating many of the frustrations caused by technical issues. There may be times when the humour falls flat, but on the whole this proves to be a pleasure right until the end.
WiiVideo Game Talk (Nov 10, 2008)
Your own personal taste for point-and-click adventures will go a long way toward deciding if Sam & Max will be your cup of tea, but even if you're an old-school SCUMM fan, you may find the pace of these episodes a bit slow, and honestly, they aren't as funny as you might expect, hitting the level of amusing more often. Saying that, if you've enjoyed the characters in the past, there's more than a good chance you'll like these adventures, especially as they get better as you move along, even if the video presentation doesn't make a similar improvement.
WiiN-Europe (Dec 11, 2008)
The point and click genre is extremely frustrating at times, and without the hilarity of the main characters, the whole thing would probably just fall apart. As it is, this game is really enjoyable for those with the patience and the curiosity to see what the dynamic duo are going say and do next.
Wiivideogamer.com (Dec 11, 2008)
If you can get over the gameplay issues and quite fancy a slow but considered puzzle adventure full of quirky humour, you'll be hard pressed to find better value Wii game. It won't be for everyone, and, in a way, it's a lazy port, but, overall, Sam and Max Season One reinforces 2008's adventure game mini-resurgence, and, with any luck, makes it even more likely that more games of its type will appear in 2009 and beyond - Sam & Max Season Two is lined-up for a 2009 release.
If, like me, you miss the glory days of adventure gaming, when a gun was just another item to be used in unorthodox situations and protagonists used their brains more than their biceps, then Sam & Max: Season One is nothing short of an essential purchase. However, due to the frequent technical hiccups and occasionally dodgy controls, you might do well to save yourself the stress and get it on PC rather than Wii. With that said, all is not lost for the console port; you just need a little more patience. The content is still pure gold, you just need to persevere through the presentation issues - besides, they do say that true love is loving the flaws as much as everything else...
WiiGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (Dec 22, 2008)
Buiten enkele conceptschetsen die beschikbaar zijn in de Wii versie, zijn er geen extra toevoegingen vergeleken met de PC versie. Indien je deze al zou hebben gespeeld, haalt het niet uit om de Wii versie in huis te halen. Er is namelijk geen echte mogelijkheid om het spel te herspelen, buiten enkele grappige dialogen die je mogelijk zou hebben gemist de eerste keer. Elke aflevering zal je ongeveer kunnen voltooien in twee uur, en met een prijskaartje van € 30 is er genoeg inhoud om een surrealistisch verhaal te beleven doorheen kindsterren, Amerikaanse politiek, de informatie superautosnelweg en het schrikwekkende bewind van de self-help guru.
WiiGameSpot (Nov 10, 2008)
Aside from a few concept sketches that are available to you from the outset, there are no special features here, so if you've already played these games on the PC, there's no incentive to pick up this version. Also, there isn't any replay value to the game, aside from the possibility of stumbling on a few funny lines of dialogue you may have missed the first time through. Each episode will take first-time players roughly two hours to complete, and with a $30 price tag, there's a good amount of content here for those seeking a surreal journey through the seedy underbelly of has-been child stardom, American politics, the information superhighway, and the terrifying realm of a self-help guru.
WindowsGamekult (Oct 05, 2007)
Hormis quelques traductions qui perdent un peu au change et des détails mineurs (fautes d'orthographe), la traduction est soignée, les voix convaincantes et les personnages bien campés. La localisation n'a donc pas été faite par-dessus la jambe, et tous ceux qui ont patienté plusieurs mois pour découvrir la suite d'un classique de la grande époque LucasArts ne seront pas floués, d'autant que le packaging est assez soigné et plusieurs bonus sont fournis. En attendant la saison 2...
Xbox 360IGN (Jun 17, 2009)
Those of us that crave these types of games can probably look past the jokes that are trying too hard and the inconsistent framerate to just soak up some classic pointing and clicking. Telltale is one of very few developers making these games anymore and they do it very well. It's too bad these adventures couldn't have been optimized for play with an Xbox 360 controller, much like Wallace & Gromit was. An analog stick is not an ideal point and click tool. The slow pace of these games isn't for everyone, but if you're a fan you'll probably get your fix with Sam & Max Save the World. Each episode will last you a few hours, so with around 20-25 hours of gameplay here for $20 this is a pretty good deal for those of us who have the patience.
Wii411mania.com (Dec 21, 2008)
Sam & Max Season One for the Nintendo Wii makes a great addition to the point & click genre – a genre that I feel is underused on the console. The witty humor and ease of use is engaging and welcoming but when your thinking caps need to come out, be prepared for a stiff challenge. Casual gamers may find the game a bit daunting while experienced gamers and fans of the series will enjoy a good challenge. At $29.99, it’s a pretty good deal and unless you don’t like the genre you should definitely give it a shot.
Xbox 360Gaming Age (Jun 30, 2009)
And therein lies the problem with Sam & Max Save the World. Whoever in Telltale worked on the game spent a proper amount of time on making the concept art and dialogue shine, but far too little on making sure the presentation is up to par. It's a fun nostalgia trip for a fan of the series and a bit more accessible in general, but the whole affair feels more like a preview/beta build than an actual retail product.
Wii1UP (Oct 14, 2008)
The game's still fun and unusual, and it's worth checking out if only to enjoy some of the more clever writing in gaming. But don't forget your patience -- you'll need lots.
WiiMygamer.com (Dec 18, 2008)
If you are fan of point and click adventures, there is absolutely no reason why you should not buy this game even with the shoddy programming code. Each of the six episodes will take a few hours to complete if you don’t play along with a faqs, giving the game a solid 25 hours worth of unique content. Unfortunately, once the game is finished, there is little reason to go back and play them again. But at a cheaper price point of $30, this is one game that fans of the genre cannot afford to miss.
WiiPower Unlimited (Feb 17, 2009)
Als je liefhebber bent van de goeie ouwe Sam & Max uit 1993, de recente Strong Bad-games van Wiiware of cartoonachtige wijs-en-klik-adventures in het algemeen, ga je hier zeker van genieten.
Xbox 360Gamestyle (Jul 29, 2009)
While it may not be the return of a golden genre so many people fondly remember, Sam & Max: Save The World is still a game that should be supported. After all, if we don’t invest then there’s a good chance the genre could disappear once more and never return. It’s not a bad game per se, it’s just an incredibly illogical one. If for the second season they can address the problems then Telltale Games may be onto a game that can stand alongside the genre greats from yesteryear.
WiiNintendoWorldReport (Nov 17, 2008)
Sam & Max: Season One is a messy package that is unlikely to ignite a renaissance of "PC adventure" games on the Wii platform. Nevertheless, seasoned fans of the genre should be able to dig through enough episodes to find some funny material worth appreciation.
WiiGame Revolution (Dec 19, 2008)
Because of the clever story and interesting characters, it's worth struggling to the end through the more tedious puzzles (or cheating with an online walkthrough). But if you were hoping for a more player-friendly adventure, you might want to skip straight to Sam and Max Season 2.
WiiJeuxvideo.com (Dec 08, 2008)
Une sacrée déception, voilà ce que l'on retient de ce portage Wii de Sam & Max : Saison 1. Si l'esprit du jeu a été conservé ainsi que son humour, sa folie pure, son impertinence, pour s'y plonger il faut passer outre une réalisation limite scandaleuse qui nous assomme de bugs en tout genre pouvant aller jusqu'au plantage de la console. Face à un tel constat, on ne peut que conseiller à ceux qui le peuvent de se ruer sur la version PC, vendue à un prix dérisoire et capable de tourner sur les plus petites machines. Les autres peuvent passer leur chemin ou s'armer d'une indulgence biblique. Un beau gâchis car les qualités du jeu se prêtent parfaitement à la Wii.
WiiGamekult (Dec 01, 2008)
Disponible depuis maintenant plus d'un an sur PC, la saison complète des aventures de Sam & Max en français arrive sur la Wii, offrant à la console et aux fans de jeux d'aventure point & click six bonnes raisons de se réjouir.Si le genre a jusqu'ici été convenablement traité sur Wii avec une jouabilité destinée à tirer parti de sa Wiimote, Sam & Max Saison 1 n'a rien gardé de la bonhomie de Sam le toutou - pour le coup c'est plutôt le vilain clébard avec des puces.Si l'on pourra tolérer des textures délavées à peine dignes d'une Dreamcast qui parviennent à plomber certains gags (affiches illisibles), impossible de passer sous silence les micro-saccades permanentes qui ruinent complètement le gameplay et surviennent dès que le joueur agit avec son curseur. C'est vraiment dommage, car la série et son look cartoon assumé avaient résolument leur place sur Wii. Ceux qui passeront outre découvriront un petit bijou d'humour et de drôlerie, mais à quel prix...