It's been an incredible month for Xbox 360 owning fans of SCUMM-style graphic adventures. As if the fun (albeit imperfect) Wallace & Gromit: Fright of the Bumblebees
was not enough, now we have the entire first season of Sam & Max to look forward to next week. That's right, instead of releasing the episodes individually (as they did on the PC), Telltale Games is releasing a compilation called Sam & Max Save the World
. This six-part adventure has our favorite freelance police officers (a dog and a rabbit-type thing) battling the ex-Presidents, becoming TV stars, taking out the mob and much, much more. With its witty sense of humor and challenging puzzles, Sam & Max is a must-own release for everybody who loves graphic adventures.
All six Sam & Max episodes will be packaged together for the price of $20, the same price you can find the games on the PC (and Wii, for that matter). This version will also feature HD support, achievements and foreign language subtitles (including German, French, Italian, Spanish and, of course, English). At $20, that means that Sam & Max's six episodes are around $3 a piece, a real bargain when compared to the first-run cost.
If you've somehow missed any of these adventures, I recommend you take a look at my individual reviews for all six entries in Sam & Max Save the World. They include: Culture Shock
, Situation Comedy
, The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball
, Abe Lincoln Must Die
, Reality 2.0
and The Bright Side of the Moon
. Some episodes are better than others, but over the course of the first six episodes we do get a connecting story that is both funny and inventive. If you're a fan of comedy and you love old school graphic adventures like Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion and, well, Sam & Max Hit the Road, then you owe it to yourself to give Sam & Max Save the World a shot next week.