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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return, 27 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Sam & Max: Season 1 (Wii) (Video Game)
The only reason I can think of to explain why someone would write a totally negative review of Sam & Max for the Wii is if you had no idea what kind of game you were buying in the first place. Basically, if you are after action, you don't buy a point and click graphic adventure game. To complain about its sedate nature is like criticising an apple for not being an orange.

For those of you who do not remember the heyday of the genre, a graphic adventure is a thoughtful, story-driven game, usually involving a lot of detective work and logic puzzles, and most importantly (if it's a good example of the form) cherishably quotable dialogue.

The masters of this were LucasArts, and one of their indisputable gems was Sam & Max Hit The Road. This is the long overdue return of Steve Purcell's much-loved characters in videogame form, which originally appeared as downloadable content for the PC - hence the episodic nature of this 'season' collection.

Those of us who loved the genre will have mourned its decline since the '90s golden era, but the arrival of the Wii is a reason to celebrate. Its control system makes it ideally suited to this type of game, and if Season One isn't without its flaws (the episodic structure - and perhaps budgetary limitations - leads to a lot more repetition of environments than you might like), in conjunction with Zack & Wiki (and the forthcoming Season Two) this is a very encouraging new dawn for a much-missed genre.

If enough people buy this, perhaps even the inscrutable LucasArts might see fit to repurpose their classics for Nintendo's little gem...
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Initial post: 28 Jul 2010 08:57:10 BDT
"To complain about its sedate nature is like criticising an apple for not being an orange. "

That is a genius sentence.
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