Friday, September 14, 2007

The mad rabbit is back

"Sam & Max Hit The Road" was, is and will always be one of my favourite adventures. The Freelance Police just rocked and it still does.

"Sam & Max", a team of a man-sized dog in a cheap suit and a psychotic, but fluffy white rabbit, is very, very strange. Sam (the dog) is the brains of the outfit, obviously, and Max (the rabbit, what else?) is the tool of destruction (virtually). But together they're a great team and the game was just as strange as they were.

The game was one of the last big successes of LucasArts, at least when it comes to adventures. There were "Full Throttle", "The Dig" and "Grim Fandango" afterwards, but on the whole LucasArts switched to "Star Wars"-related games, ego-shooters and action adventures with the switch from floppy disk to CD.

And I've never found a game that combined cartoon-like graphics and psychotic characters the way "Sam & Max" did.

So, why am I writing this now, about a decade or more after the game was published? Because "Sam & Max" have returned. Originally published online, the six episodes of "Sam & Max Season One" (no cartoon, a game) have finally been released in Germany - and I bought them. I've already started with episode 1 and, apart from the fact that they're now in 3D, everything was just like I remembered it. Crazy characters and dialogues, a cartoon surrounding and an interesting story, as far as it has already unfolded.

The mad rabbit is back and it's still mad! I'm so happy!

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