Those classic PC characters, Sam & Max arrive on the Nintendo Wii in
Sam & Max Season One that promises gamers a truly innovative gaming
experience with those loveable characters and truly outrageous and
hilarious story. For those unaware of the characters Sam & Max,
they are both animal gumshoe detectives with Sam being the Rabbit
and Max the dog.
Together they make a formidable team,
provided they can get through their differences, however the banter
and relationship between both character is what the game is truly
Although Sam & Max Season One has been available on the PC,
the developers have thankfully included all six episodes on the
Nintendo Wii version and of course revamped the gameplay to use the
innovative controls of the Wii console.
Before starting the game, players are greeted to a menu where they
need to select which episode they wish to attempt and best of all,
if you do become stuck in an episode, you can simply try the next
episode and come back at a later time to the episode that you are
having difficulties with.
The premise behind Sam & Max is
reminiscent of those old point and click adventure games where you
must solve a variety of puzzles, speak to characters involved in the
"crime" and hopefully solve the mystery that you have been hired to
With that said, the puzzles range from
easy to difficult and sometimes the solutions are right in front of
you. Needless to say, it does make you think and even though this
game involves two "cute" cartoon-esq characters, the puzzles are
definitely more suited for the slightly older gamers, however I'm
sure the younger gamers will have just as much attempting to solve
The solution does involve the gaming environment, so you need to pay
attention to what is around your characters in order to proceed
through the episode that you are playing. The control system on the
Wii uses the Wii remote perfectly as you interact with the gaming
environment and move your characters around the Saturday morning
cartoon environment. In actual fact, the use of the Wii remote is
almost the same as the mouse.
Interestingly enough, games such as Sam & Max are quite rare these
days, especially on the Nintendo Wii so don't expect those fast
paced action games where you run around and the action is quite full
Rather, Sam & Max is a thinking game and is more slow paced than
the games of today, not that there is anything wrong with that. What
really makes this game so entertaining as mentioned again and again is the colourful banter
between both characters, whether it's Max's impulsiveness and witty
one-liners or Sam's orderly approach to everything. It's probably
some of the best dialog to have graced a game in quite some time.
Graphically, the title is visually
impressive for a Nintendo Wii game that almost looks like you're
watching a Saturday morning cartoon series with vibrant colours and
great character animation.
Although it has a "2D" feel to the
graphics, it actually suits the game perfectly in that the gamer is
playing an interactive cartoon. Of course the voice acting of the
game is brilliant as per the dialog, sound effects and
brilliant musical score that goes hand in hand with the graphics and
In conclusion, this game will definitely appeal to a variety of
gamers due to the content of the game and it's animated nature. It's
definitely an original game that most seasoned gamers should be able
to complete within one to two weeks, depending on how much time they
spend on it.
Bring on Season Two!