Sam & Max Season Two

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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One of the best parody games on the market.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

It's a parody, and icons like Santa have done some bad things. Santa shoots a gun.

Violence

There's a fair amount of gunplay with hand guns in the game, but no blood.

Sex
Language

Light cursing of the 'damn' variety.

Consumerism

This compilation was originally released as individual episodes, sold separately as downloads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's some drinking and some smoking in the game by the characters.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a compilation of humorous episodic games that were previously released as individual downloads. This form of comedy includes references to alcohol, tobacco, and some cartoon violence. But it's less than what you'd see in a movie that's rated PG-13. The main characters tote guns, as does Santa, but it's part of the parody.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypipup December 18, 2011

Aswome

Go Sam & max
Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2010

Boon's rating

Not as kiddish as it looks. the dog acts fine, but the rabbit uses bad language such as d--n, and other words. the fact that they are holding guns is not a prob... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 27, 2013

0_0

A more mature, dark game. With more humor! Violence 3/5 guns are used often with some brutal deaths (off-screen) Sex 3/5 some mild cleavage a persons private sp... Continue reading

What's it about?

The Sam & Max series of satirical point and click adventures began back when CD-ROMs were first popular in the 1990s. Now, almost 15 years later, SAM & MAX: SEASON 2 offers hilarious new episodic games featuring Steve Purcell's wacky rabbit and jaunty dog as freelance police. This compilation was previously available as individual downloads, but is now presented in five parts. The second season features wide-ranging \"show\" deals with everything from a possessed, gun-toting Santa to a European vampire's rave. There's even a Torture-Me-Elmo doll in Santa's Workshop.

Of course, you have to play the game between laughs, and you do so by solving puzzles, and listening to characters talk to garner clues. You'll also have to pay attention to details like the words on a crate and think on your feet to use ancient Moai statues to create a thundercloud. There's a lot of running around back and forth to figure out what to do, and while this takes too much time, it's still well worth the effort.

Is it any good?

These little mysteries are full of pop culture parody and puns. For instance, the titles "Moai Better Blues" is a nod to filmmaker Spike Lee and "Night of the Raving Dead" is a riff on George Romero's zombie flicks. Expect to titter even more as you meet diner owner Stinky and an evil being from Hell called the Shambling Corporate Presence. The package also contains a DVD which includes designer commentaries, concept art bloopers, and special videos like the 20-minute long Sam & Max Nearly Save Christmas.

 This game, which features mild violence and even milder sexual innuendo, isn't for small kids by any means. And both freelance police characters tote guns (heck, even Santa has a gun!). Yet kids 13 and over who are Web and pop culture savvy will come to love it -- especially if they have a sense of humor. What makes Season 2 so good is that it features Pixar quality characters and environments, a valuable hint system, and a difficulty adjustment function to help you solve the tougher problems more easily.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between well-written comedy and satire. Is it OK to parody an icon like Santa Claus? Sam & Max is also a comic book. Families can get the comic and talk about the differences and similarities in the game.

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $35
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for suggestive themes, animated violence, alcohol reference

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