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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.
Well worth the 10 bucks for three hours of gameplay. Fans of Homestar Runner are of course recommended to purchase the game while adventure fans may find something they like here as well. Don’t expect it to be a Monkey Island or Dreamfall though.
Telltale Games keeps the series strong with Baddest of the Bands — it’s a rockin’ adventure that is bound to keep fans of both Strong Bad and point-and-click games happy.
After a slow-paced beginning, Baddest of the Bands finishes with an encore performance that rock and rolls past Episode 1 and settles right behind Episode 2. Another strong overall gameplay experience along with the now-expected high-quality humor, Baddest of the Bands is only disappointing in its total lack of interactive puzzles compared to the previous two episodes, especially considering that with the music-based storyline, there easily could have been a few musical instrument-based puzzles/mini-games. Gamers may need earplugs to get past the all-around awfulness of the musical overtures by each and every dreadful-sounding band battling it out, but the laugh-out-loud hilariousness contained in the episode may drown out the terrible tuneage.
Gamers who enjoy adventure games, but aren't familiar with Homestar Runner owe it to themselves to check this one out. Perhaps the only people who won't enjoy this game are those who don't understand or like the comedic style of the Homestar Runner universe. If you played and enjoyed Strong Bad Episodes 1 and 2 then you will definitley enjoy Baddest of the Bands.
Baddest of the Bands manages to do two things very well. The first is that it is a humor-filled romp through the world of Strong Bad that any fan of the cartoon will eat up, probably with the aid of the included walkthrough. The second is that it continually stays the course within its wacky cartoon environment, even when that means that puzzles are entirely more difficult then they need to be. While fans have probably already paid for the entire season long before this episode came out, people who are newer to the series can easily find something to hold their attention but may want to wait a little long for the series to congeal together in both difficulty and, hopefully, an overarching plot.
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. The puzzles keep getting better with each episode. Here's hoping Telltale can keep it up.
Each month I keep expecting this series to lose some of its engaging humor and infectious fun (you can tell I’m a glass-half-empty guy), and each month Telltale proves me wrong. Strong Bad Episode 3 is filled with the same goofy, snarky humor as the other installments in the series, this time adding a few welcome refinements which serve to focus the gameplay to an even finer point. There are two episodes left; hopefully the developers can preserve their winning streak.
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.
Despite the episode’s focus on the bands and their music, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands is more about poking fun at music than playing it, and the few original musical efforts that are in the game are not particularly special. Although the storyline of Strong Bad trying to repair his video game console is a decent setup for the band competition, it is not the most engaging premise that the series has seen. The game is also somewhat lighter on mini-games than the others, but where it really shines is in the craft and design of its puzzles. That alone makes for an enjoyable single play through, which ultimately is what an episodic game is all about.
De Strong Bad-reeks, die met '8-Bit is Enough' zijn eerste seizoen heeft afgerond, kan dan ook als een succes beschouwd worden: de spelformule is simpel doch leuk, de humor is (enkele flauwiteiten en absurditeiten daargelaten) op zijn minst zo hilarisch als Sam & Max, en dankzij originele invalshoeken voelt elke episode fris aan. Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People verdient dan ook een plaatsje in de collectie van adventurefans.
Overall the games feel and story continues to impress and wins my seal of approval. It’s a good balance between casual gaming and still offering a challenge. Baddest of the Bands is fun to play and the writing is consistently strong, making for a good series. I’m not so sure about seeing the Cheat in a bikini, but when you’re recreating the coolest album cover ever and you need a hot blond…well…Marizpan will just hit you in the head with a guitar.
Baddest of the Bands isn’t a long game, but it isn’t expensive either. I had fun, plenty enough to go back for more. If you like off-beat, and can appreciate the sort of dialogue and humour likely to be articulated by a character that wears boxing gloves and a Mexican wrestling mask, you might have fun too. If you aren’t sure, just check out the Homestar Runner website for free, or play the demo; you don’t really have anything to lose.
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.
So how can Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People improve? It would be more interesting as a game if the puzzles were more challenging, but that might alienate the non-adventure-gaming Homestar Runner fans. It could also involve fewer puzzles and be more like an animated episode, but that's already available at the Homestar Runner site, so what would I be paying for? Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People has an identity crisis to work out. It has to decide what it wants to be when it grows up – if something starring Strong Bad can ever grow up.
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.
But if you don't examine it too much, the time you spend passes by unnoticed. The world has its charm, which is what keeps you playing at the end of the day. By now, it's easy to tell if this is your thing or not, and if it is, you won't be disappointed, even if it isn't the highlight of the series.
Baddest of the Bands suffers a little from being the middle-child in the SBCG4AP series. By now, gamers who have played the past games are expecting a little more meat and originality from these episodes, which appears to finally be coming with the next episode, an all-out 70's cop-film parody, Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective. Like a pair of Simpsons-themed boxers, Baddest of the Bands is funny and entertaining, but feels a little restrictive, almost as if it was made for a younger audience. Considering the content of the game and the fact that we're up to Episode 3, we were hoping that the gameworld would start opening up rather than making us revisit old locations, while presenting us with samey new ones. As it stands, it's a worthy part of the series as a whole, but proves to be a weak standalone effort.
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.
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
'Baddest of the Bands' ist, wie die vorangegangenen Episoden von 'Strong Bad´s Cool Game for Attractive People' auch, Geschmackssache. Auch wenn der Schwierigkeitsgrad der Rätsel ein wenig angezogen hat, was positive Auswirkungen auf die Spiellänge mit sich bringt, ist es dennoch ein eher einfaches Adventure. Wirkliche Kopfnüsse fehlen noch immer, Dialog- oder Inventarrätsel sind nicht vorhanden. Stattdessen klickt man sich munter durch die Bunte Flashwelt, verteilt jede Menge derbe Sprüche und sammelt Gegenstände ein.