Sam & Max Episode 201: Ice Station Santa
As in a television sitcom, the season premiere kicks off a brand new story arc, enabling new audiences to dive right in along with returning fans. "Ice Station Santa" finds jolly old Saint Nick a bit off his rocker, terrorizing the elves and sending out presents that range from disappointing to downright dangerous. The future of Christmas hangs in the balance like a hand grenade perched on the shaky bough of a Douglas fir, and it's up to Sam & Max to set things straight.
You better watch out
Interesting facts about the game:
- A lot of saves can be made.
Puzzles and action sequences
There are three arcade style puzzles and believe me when I say than none of them are hard to do (even when you have to use the keyboard at some point). The amount of time given to accomplish the puzzles is very generous. There is also a Stinky silly quiz where the right answers aren't that easy to find.
The music is entertaining and well-chosen. The jazzy style fits every part of the game. I only wish more Christmas songs would have been used in the game.
Those who found that some of the dialogue in Season 1 was somewhat repetitive will be pleased with a bunch of funny new conversations between the the main characters. For Sam & Max everything is a joke even if their lives are in danger. Clicking on a lot of objects will make Sam & Max say funny comments about them and when you do that, the gameplay will be longer.
Bugs and/or patches
I didn't encounter any bugs during the gameplay.
My computer specifications
Windows XP SP2
If you read my previous review of Sam & Max Season 1, you already know that I'm a devoted fan of this hilarious duo. The game had a great story, fabulous graphics and the hairy duo is just a lot of fun. Telltale made this new episode equal to the previous ones and in my opinion this episode was slightly better than the previous episodes. I do hope that the Sam & Max games will be around for many years to come. They are unique among all the games available on the market right now.
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