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Sam & Max: Season 2 – Episode 5

Sam & Max: Season 2 – Episode 5

Season Two of Sam and Max has been really strong so far with the last episode "Chariots Of the Dogs" being my favourite for witty jokes and razor sharp scripting. With the release of "What’s New Beelzebub?", Telltale games are ending the season on a very strong footing, with Satan stealing the show.

This episode begins with Sam and Max in a subway tunnel right on the banks of the River Styx looking for a token to take the soul train into Hell (I wouldn’t start asking questions on the craziness of the plot, it’s all part of the wacky world fans are used to). Their goal? to find the soul of one of their departed friends who was sent to hell in the previous episode (no plot killers will be disclosed don’t worry!).

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Hell is depicted as a very mundane (and extremely funny) office building in which the time is eternally stuck at 4.59 on Monday with the bad guys from the prior episodes handling boring office duties in cubicles, loads of chuckles galore! There are seven deadly sins posters strewn about the place and the sexual harassment joke is a side splitter. Several of the old characters have new jobs in Hell a few are less than happy about being here in the first place.
Funnily enough there is an entire section of the building dedicated to those poor people Sam and Max have sent here and you can visit them in their own private little halls. This is actually a central role to the game progression as you have to ease their pain by performing some tasks, this works well as a tie in to the previous games and certainly will bring back some memories.

The Soda Poppers are back and are just as irritating as ever with their high pitched voices, however their inclusion this time lends some weight to the proceedings. I don’t want to go into any more specifics as it will ruin the storyline for you guys, however this time they feel more a valuable part of the game rather than an annoying subplot.

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The newest and baddest character is Satan himself who is brilliantly portrayed as a calm and sedate office manager who sounds just like James Mason. Several times in the game he walks into the room with his bright red belly swinging from side to side and delivers brilliantly scripted verbal warnings about workplace issues. I found this the most entertaining part of the newest episode, especially the wonderful voice acting under Jeff Lebowski’s supervision. It also amused me to see that Satan was vastly overweight with a residing hairline (hey it happens to us all, right?). Back on the streets above there is a lot happening (without giving too much away), such as a cheesy bachelor party in mid flow as well as the COPS running a triage with hilarious results.

The puzzles in Season two have been getting consistently better and this episode remains true to form, the puzzles are zany and require some logical thinking to resolve. Some of them may prove a little tricky, however if you persist and study everything closely it shouldn’t prove too much of a brain teaser. One of the puzzles frustrated me however: trying to stop a demon that had made its way into Stinky’s Diner, this required a very bizarre solution – the connection of a series of seemingly unrelated items. Most of the time though the game remains a simple "use item on xx object".

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Unfortunately, and it was something I mentioned in the last review, there is a lot of backtracking involved in Episode 5 which can become extremely ponderous near the end of the game, particularly when several of these locations are more a midway walkthrough between the important places.

For fans of the driving mini-games included throughout the series, you will be pleased to hear that there is one included in this latest edition as well, however I think this is the first time it is more of an incidental aspect, rather than a story progressing section of the game. Sadly this is the only mini game in this episode.

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As before, the graphics are very stylistic cartoon renders with backdrops full of personality. The artists who handle this game are by now very experienced with the task at hand, and it shows right from the animations to the weird and wonderful surroundings. The graphics are still fresh even after 10 episodes, speaking volumes about the creativity of the team behind the series. The office building in hell deserves particular emphasis as it is full of interesting little touches which make you want to explore it. With regards to the audio, the voice acting is remarkable and remains on a par with the rest of Season Two, this is however one of the first in the series which lacks a musical piece although there is a giant robot which channels Gloria Gaynor, with hilarious results.

Sam and Max "What’s New Beelzebub?" is a perfect ending to a great season. The last two or three episodes have been the best yet and fans of the series will be more than satisfied with the plot and scripting in Ep5, which is sharper than ever. The chubby Satan deserves special praise as he is utterly hilarious and the whole context of the game ties all the season together into a nicely rounded finale. The only question is, have they any material left to create a season 3? I hope so.

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Wacky, wonderful and surprisingly addictive.
Great character development with Satan coming to life in a cute and cuddly way.
Wonderful voice acting which is almost in a league of its own.
I doubt anyone would repeat play, however at the price it is well worth the cash.
(Not an Average)
A great finale which fans of the series are sure to love.

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Stuart Davidson

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