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Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People finished with a bang. The series started off well with Homestar Ruiner and found its pace with Strong Badia the Free. Although it dipped into a surprisingly disappointing low with Baddest of the Bands, the series redeemed itself with Dangeresque 3 and wrapped things up nicely with 8-Bit is Enough. If you haven’t bought the series yet, now is the time to do so. Consider it a post-Christmas present to yourself!
It didn’t take me long, about four glitch-free hours or so, but 8-Bit is Enough packed far more than 64KBs of fun into its address space. I can’t imagine any adventure gamer having other than a mighty fine time.
The first season of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People ends with its best episode yet, full of clever parodies of the gaming industry and plenty of fan service for longtime Homestar Runner fans. Since there’s no real continuity between episodes newcomers can start with this episode without missing much, although it benefits the most from having at least some prior knowledge of the franchise.
Personally, 8 Bit is Enough was the most fun I've had with Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People, and makes the $35 price tag for all five episodes easy to recommend (the individual episode is $9). It was simple to breeze through the episode, but it was also fun the whole way through. If you haven't been playing Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People, pick up the season and have some fun. If you aren't into Homestar Runner, but have fond memories of vintage video games, pick up this episode, and try it anyway.
With diverse stories and settings, great animations and overall visuals, and strong point & click gameplay along with hilariously smart-ass ribaldry that’s becoming the developer’s trademark, 8-Bit Is Enough is a satisfying series conclusion. Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People’s first season is nothing less than a resounding success that surpasses the excellence of the first Telltale Games episodic foray, Sam & Max. Just like the high-quality Sam & Max, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People deserves a second “season” of episodes. That may not come soon enough for fans of the series, however, with Telltale Games next focusing its episodic efforts on Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures.
Telltale finishes Strong Bad’s Cool Game 4 Attractive People with a bang as 8-Bit Is Enough is hands-down the strongest episode out of the bunch. Here’s hoping that there’s more yet to come (via a Sam-and-Max-style Season 2), but if this is the honest-and-true end of the series, then they couldn’t have finished stronger.
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People has been consistently entertaining, and "8-bit is Enough" is a more than fitting sendoff. This episode is truly bizarre, but still very funny. Both Telltale and Homestar creators the Chapman brothers have really taken the time to craft the games that Homestar fans want to play. Even if you're not a fan, if you enjoy retro gaming you'll probably be amused by all the 8-bit gags here. It's a little disappointing knowing there isn't a new Strong Bad episode waiting for us next month, but we're happy to have had the chance to try and handle his style.
8-bit is Enough is another solid entry in the Strong Bad series. The storyline is self contained and it isn't essential that you played Episodes 1 through 4 in order to enjoy Episode 5. With the exception of the 8-bit style of graphics and controls, the overall graphics and controls remain unchanged from the previous episodes.
Strong Bad is charming, funny and entertaining. One single episode might not be worth the price of admission, so if you are even remotely interested in the concept I suggest you spring for the whole season. Every episode is good. As for the finale, I could not have asked for a better way to finish the season. This episode is funnier, presents a clever setting and retains objects and locations from previous games, giving it continuity. Go ahead and try Strong Bad before Trogdor burninates you!
Granted, that's just a small portion of the overall experience, which generally doesn't stray from the point-and-click, puzzle-solving mechanics established in previous episodes, but I didn't feel any of the malaise towards actually playing 8-Bit Is Enough as I had with the last couple episodes. Maybe it's the spot-on humor based on the industry I work in, or perhaps just accumulated experience from the earlier episodes, but whatever the reason, 8-Bit Is Enough certainly embodies the maxim of saving the best for last. Well, until the assumedly in-the-works second season rolls around.
Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 5: 8-Bit is Enough is, by far and away, the best episode in the SBCG4AP series. This is because the episode works on multiple different levels: as a parody of video games (including adventure games), as an adaptation of some of the most memorable elements of the Homestarrunner website, and as a hilarious and varied journey through Strong Bad’s twisted world. It is as funny and full of surprises as a game based upon the Homestar universe deserves to be, and it serves as a novel and enjoyable way to end the series.
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.
Am Anfang war ich kein großer Strong-Bad-Freund, doch ein halbes Jahr später sieht mein Fazit bedeutend freundlicher aus. Einige der Geschichten, speziell jene in Dangeresque 3 und 8 Bit Is Enough, sind so irrwitzig ausgedacht, dass ich die schlichte Präsentation gerne vergessen mag. Gleichzeitig ist dies der Nachteil im Vergleich zu Telltales Sam-&-Max-Geniestreichen: Strong Bad wäre ohne das Bizarre und ohne die vielen Anspielungen auf uralte Videospiele der frühen 80er-Jahre nahezu nichts wert. Die Rätsel sind noch weitestgehend gut, jedoch selten revolutionär. Ihr müsst definitiv ein Faible für gewollten Trash besitzen, wozu auch die Qualität der Minispiele passt. Deshalb kann Telltale die Brillanz von Sam & Max nicht halten, aber dank ihres eigenwilligen Humorverständnisses der angepeilten Zielgruppen, nämlich Fans der Comics sowie unverbesserlichen Retro-Zockern, ein paar sehr lustige Stunden bescheren.
Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People Episode 5: 8-bit is Enough shows an obvious fondness by the game’s creators for classic videogames, but that’s not really represented in the gameplay, which has sadly run its course here. Fans will still want this episode, not only to complete their set, but because the dialogue and story are still entertaining. As long as you’re happy with that and don’t mind some missed opportunities, you shouldn’t be too disappointed.
As the series finale of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, 8-Bit is Enough doesn’t offer much more than previous episodes in terms of length and extras, but what’s provided certainly ranks at or near the top of what the series has offered all season, and the variety of locations, art styles, and characters surpass any episode yet. It’s still a little shallow in the gameplay department, but right down to the closing credits, it’s a lovingly thorough ode to retro games, and an amusing final adventure with some of the most colorful, acerbic, and silly characters you’ll ever virtually meet. If you can appreciate those things, then consider this game more than worthy of its pixels.
I wasn’t supposed to be the Avault reviewer for this series; one of my colleagues asked me to fill in for him, and I’m glad that I did. This series is filled with quirky characters, puzzles that are challenging without being overtly frustrating, and a biting sense of humor that made me look forward to each new story. Episode 5 recovers some of the magic that started to slip away in Dangeresque, padding the series’ excellent qualities with a knowing wink and a nudge to those of us who remember the good old days of low-res graphics and FPS dungeon crawls. There are some significant flaws in this final installment, but there’s far more that’s right than wrong here. No mention is made at the end of the game of the future of the Strong Bad series, but I hope to see these characters again one day.
Strong Bad déçoit un peu pour le dernier épisode de sa première saison. Il n’en reste pas moins un point & click bourré d’humour et de jeux de mots qui rendront hilares les anglicistes chevronnés. Quant à sa durée de vie très courte, elle est largement compensée par son petit prix.