Sam & Max Season Two

Common Sense Media says

One of the best parody games on the market.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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.

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.

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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 (Windows)

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Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2010
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12
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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 problem.the problem is that the rabbit uses many violent terms such as, "can you stick your face in both of these napkins and tell me which one smells like chloroform?". the violent dialouge is very inappropriate. you can buy the E10+ version that just came out. the language is not as bad. same with violence.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old May 27, 2013
AGE
13
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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 spot is censored Language 3/5 censored words loads of them Drinking/Smoking 3/5 people use drugs and alcohol
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bypipup December 18, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

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