Sam & Max: Season 1



A hilarious "old-school" detective-spoof game.

What parents need to know

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Sam carries a gun, but he doesn't fire it. This is about comedy not violence.


In episode 3, the "code phrase" you have to ask people to try to find the mole is "Does the carpet match the drapes?", to which all of the characters have funny (non-sexual) responses.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a collection of computer games that were previously released as individual downloadable games. We set the age category at 12 because the puzzles can be challenging and some of the content contains sexual innuendo. Also, gamers younger than 12 will probably grow impatient since it's a slower-paced, dialogue-heavy adventure game. While Sam carries a gun, he doesn't really use it as a weapon.

What's it about?

SAM & MAX began as a comic book by Steve Purcell in the late 1980s but went on to spawn a celebrated computer game in 1993 (LucasArts' Sam & Max Hit the Road), a Fox TV show, and online comics. These private detectives call themselves \"freelance police\": Sam is an oversize dog who walks on two legs and Max is a smaller, talkative \"rabitty-thing,\" and these games feature thousands of lines of humorous dialogue, bizarre characters, and hilarious situations.

In the third game, for example, the duo investigates a disappearance at the Ted E. Bear Mafia-Free Playland and Casino. The casino has games such as \"Whack a Mole\" (use your gun to \"whack\" the singing moles) and \"One-Armed Bandits,\" slot machines that look like one-armed bandits, with black-and-white-striped shirts and masks. These slower-paced point-and-click adventures are all about puzzle-solving and character interaction.

Is it any good?


All six games feature attractive 3-D graphics, a jazzy soundtrack, and professional voice talent to help bring these zany characters to life. Each episode only takes a couple of hours to complete. While each game serves as a standalone adventure, an overarching story ties these tales together.

Also included in this $30 collection is a bonus CD containing a "Making Sam & Max" behind-the-scenes video; trailer videos for all six episodes; concept artwork and character bios; desktop wallpapers; a music soundtrack sampler; and access to an online comic generator to make your own free comic strips. A full-size printed color poster is also in the box. Sam & Max: Season 1 is a great buy for adventure gamers, Sam & Max comic fans, and those with a good sense of humor.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's fun to play a story-driven game that focuses on dialogue and puzzles. Is it more fun, less fun, or a different kind of fun than the action-oriented games that rely on violence and gore? Or, because these games aren't very popular in North America these days, perhaps parents can discuss with their kids why this might be the case.

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Release date:June 28, 2007
ESRB rating:T for Suggestive themes

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byGalleryKnight May 15, 2012

Great detective game!

This game is hilarious and fun! It includes a big variety of characters and puzzles, and don't forget humor. This game has many puzzles that require you to think hard, which makes for a good learning experience. Remember, some kids may become impatient, because the game is heavy on dialogue and cutscenes. But if you're a fan of ridiculous adventure games, look no further. (10+ for Mild language and innuendo).
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

My God, If more games where like this....

I love this game SOOOOOO much, There aren't much sexual references, Mild Violence,(They Came Down The Street, and Beat The Hell Out Of It) But it's overall family goodness. But Be Warned, it's a tad slow-paced, some people don't like that.
Kid, 9 years old May 27, 2013


While this a comedy game it has its inappropriate stuff in it Violence 2/5 the gun is used a few times everything else is comical Sex 3/5 loads of innuendos some cleavage Language 2/5 a*s and bast*rd is said Drinking/Smoking 2/5 some people smoke and drink but don't get drunk In all this game has its hiccups and mistakes but its a game that'll make you bad day a happy day!
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